Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Birthday Book Bonanza Wrapping Up (but YOU still have time to donate!)

So the Birthday Book Bonanza is finishing up next week. I plan to close the list on Friday (Feb 6), but there are still a few days to get your books in! We will collect all the books, then sort them by age/reading level and go through the librarians' requests and see how many we can fill! I'm pretty dang excited about it! I love reading and love getting to share these books with all of our students. Thank you a million times over for giving books and sharing this with me. You can still click below to buy a book and donate it to the school libraries. 

Jas N's Birthday Book Bonanza List

If you prefer to just buy books at a "brick & mortar" book store (which I think is a lovely idea), then I've provided a list of topics & titles to assist you. Main Street Books and T-Bones are both great, btw, and have a bunch of books that would be perfect...just sayin'. Also Bombshell Comics and Southern Fried Comics both have plenty of graphic novels that have literary merit and would be welcome additions to the library.

Science Books
National Geographic
The Max Axiom Series
The Fly Guy Series

Caldecott or Newberry Award Winners
R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series
Judy Moody series
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Big Nate series
Hot Rod Hamster
Magic Treehouse books
Roald Dahl books
Junie B. Jones series
Dr. Seuss
Graphic Novels

...or things closely related. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


(TL;DR at bottom)
So, my birthday’s coming up…and it’s my 40th (I know, I know…I look so good for my age). I would like to use this occasion to ask for your help. In forty years there have been few things I've loved as much as reading! From Choose Your Own Adventures and Encyclopedia Brown to Stephen King's Dark Tower to Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. As most of you know I love to read and as a gift to me, I would love for you to help me spread the love for reading to some places that need it. I work for a large school district with lots of great kids who don’t always have the greatest resources and I would like to put more books in their world.
I am declaring this year “Jas N’s Birthday Book Bonanza!” What is that? Well, it’s my campaign to collect books for the libraries in my school district instead of birthday presents. I have created an Amazon list (linked below) with input from my school librarians about which books they need and are in demand. There are a wide range of topics and I tried to make sure none were too expensive. I would love it if you would consider buying one (or more if you are feeling plucky) to help me give them to the libraries.
Maybe you can pick a favorite book from your childhood (Goosebumps, Roald Dahl, Wizard of Oz…) or one about a favorite topic or person (space, Hitchcock, penguins…). Don’t worry about duplicating books because these will be going to multiple libraries.
If you are not an Amazon user but you still want to help you can donate and I will use any and all donations toward the purchase of more books. Anything you can chip in would be awesome. Or you can just be a Grinch and not help…up to you.
My life is filled with wonderful friends and family and more great toys than any one guy has a right to have. I’d like very much to help make the world a little more interesting for a ton of kids through the gift of books. Thanks for being a part of these awesome forty years and I look forward to what the next forty will bring! I love you all very much and hope that 2015 is your best year yet!

TL;DR: I’m turning 40 and am asking for books to give to school libraries. Much love!