Make a Donation

Make a Donation Online

Books Wish List 

Favorite Books Wish List
Title Author
If I ran the zoo Dr. Seuss
Ira sleeps over Bernard Waber
My many colored days Dr. Seuss
Make way for ducklings Robert McCloskey
We’re going on a bear hunt Michael Rosen
Tacky the penguin Helen Lester
Pete’s a Pizza William Steig
Corduroy Don Freeman
The Korean Cinderella Shirley Climo
Dear Zoo Rod Campbell
Counting kisses Karen Katz
Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Virginia Lee Burton
Old MacDonald had a farm Thierry Courtin
To market, to market Anne Miranda
Epossumondas plays possum Coleen Salley
Lilly’s purple plastic purse Kevin Henkes
Little white rabbit Kevin Henkes
My garden Kevin Henkes
Calico Captive Elizabeth George Speare
The secret garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
Pete the cat Eric Litwin
Rocking in my school shoes Eric Litwin
Stone soup Marcia Brown
The girl who loved wild horses Paul Goble
Iktomi and the buzzard: a Plains Indian story Paul Goble
The teddy bear’s picnic Jimmy Kennedy
Traction Man meets Turbodog Mini Grey
Traction Man is here! Mini Grey
Blueberries for Sal Robert McCloskey
The snowy day Ezra Jack Keats
Love you forever Robert Munsch
Thomas’ snowsuit Robert N. Munsch
Lyle, Lyle, crocodile Bernard Waber
Charlotte’s Web E. B. White
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown
A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy Madeleine L'Engle
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
The Giving Tree with CD Shel Silverstein
Frog and Toad Are Friends Arnold Lobel
Anne of Green Gables (Modern Library Classics) L.M. Montgomery
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle

We gratefully accept new or gently used children's books. If you're interested in donating books, please refer to the book donation guidelines and/or contact us at ror [at]

Thank you for considering a financial donation to the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects. Most of your gift will be used for the purchase of books that will go straight into the hands of children. This is our primary cost and a substantial and ongoing need. By buying through the national Reach Out and Read/Scholastic system, we can obtain high-quality, developmentally appropriate books at far less than retail cost. In the first 18 months of operation, our Reach Out and Read sites distributed almost 10,000 books!

For Reach Out and Read, we are able to provide an entire “dose” of books (10 books over four and a half years) to a child for a cost of only $50. Very few proven medical interventions cost so little and provide so much!

For the AFCH Inpatient Reading Library, we enjoy significant discounts from University Book Store and are thus able to stretch your dollars further.

  • Hanna SteinerHanna's "Passion Project"

    Hanna Steiner, an 8th Grader at Savanna Oaks Middle School (Verona), conducted a book drive for her "passion project" at school. She chose this project because she loves to work with children, but also because she has a love of reading as well. Hanna believes that books can bring enjoyment and spark a child's imagination, and maybe for just a small moment of time can help keep their mind off of why they are in the hospital.

  • Kiel Area School District Physical Education DepartmentKiel Area School District Physical Education Department

    The Kiel Area School District Physical Education Department sponsored a book Drive for patients at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and American Family Children's Hospital at UW Madison. The district was able to collect 3,500 gently used and new books for these facilities. The group stopped by the American Family Children’s Hospital at UW Madison delivering books for patients during their hospital stay. From left: Jeremy Mueller of Kiel High School, Julie Auenson of Child Life Services at American Family Children’s Hospital, Chris Christopherson of Zielanis and Meeme LEADS Elementary School, Sheila Muehlenbruch of Child Life Services at American Family Children’s Hospital, Pam Erickson of Kiel High School, Corey Heathman and Steve Walsh (kneeling) of Kiel Middle School.

  • Brodhead Middle School Youth Service DayBrodhead Middle School Youth Service Day

    Stephanie Tresemer, TOOL Advisor and Teacher, Brodhead Middle School; and Lisa Semrow, Brodhead Middle School Principal, visited the American Family Children’s Hospital as part of Youth Service Day. They donated several boxes of children’s books to the Inpatient Reading Library and Reach Out and Read, along with toys and games to the hospital. Two school employees, Jim and Deb Huffman, made the collection of books possible. They organized a food stand, with proceeds going to purchase toys and games for the hospital. The inspiration for the books came from a former patient, Malachi Marquette. He remembered the books he borrowed from the in-hospital book carts and encouraged his teacher to ask the local community for book donations for Youth Service Day.

  • Abbi and Alli HicksAbbi and Alli Hicks

    Abbi and Alli Hicks, from the 8th grade class in Sauk Prairie, organized a book drive to donate books to the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects/Reach Out and Read, and the American Family Children’s Hospital. They donated over 1,000 books in honor of their cousin who is being treated for cancer at AFCH.

  • Sara Ranney and the Carefusion TeamSara Ranney and the Carefusion Team

    CareFusion hosted a “books are fun” book fair for their employees. Employees purchased books for their family and a percentage of the sale came back to CafeFusion for purchased books to be donated directly to the UW Children’s Hospital. The company turned the profit they made into additional book purchases. Additionally, they hosted a Senior Management dunk tank back in June and the money raised ($600) was used to purchase additional books at Barnes & Noble.

  • Deerfield High School National Honor SocietyDeerfield High School National Honor Society

    Angela Bazan and the Deerfield High School National Honor Society conducted a book drive for the Pediatric Early Literacy projects and Reach Out and Read, yielding several 100 books for the program. The donation of books will benefit the waiting rooms at various UW Health clinics in the Madison area, and will become a part of the red carts located throughout American Family Children’s Hospital.

  • Wisconsin Legislative Audit BureauWisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau

    Nate Heimler and staff from the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau conducted a Chili Cook-off contest and book drive at their workplace. Nearly 82 members of their staff participated and raised enough money to purchase nearly 125 new books for the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects/Reach Out and Read clinics. In addition to the money raised, they collected and donated several boxes of books for the Reach Out and Read clinic waiting rooms and red carts.