Book by Book: Building a future of empathy and respect one book at a time.
As we face these difficult and uncertain times, many lessons from the Holocaust come to light: the importance of being there for a neighbor in need, standing up for others, and finding inspirational role models to guide us.
The Holocaust Center for Humanity is dedicated to providing access to quality Holocaust education for students throughout Washington State. During these unprecedented times, many of us are looking for ways to engage students in meaningful learning opportunities.
Free books for students.
In order to serve our students, the Holocaust Center for Humanity's new Book By Book program will provide free books to middle and high school students. We have chosen two new graphic novels:
- White Bird by R.J. Palacio (recommended for middle school) and
- Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation by David Polonsky (recommended for high school)
Each student may request one book.* The book will be mailed to the student's home. Each book will come with critical thinking questions for students to consider or discuss.
*Each household is limited to one book. Please submit one request per household. Books will be given on a first-come first-served basis.
Support this program!
A huge thank you to Mary & Roger Lowe and Cathy & Howard Lowen for their generous sponsorship of this program and to the others who have helped to put these books into the hands of students.
In the first 24 hours, the Holocaust Center received over 100 requests from students around Washington State. With your support, we can reach 100 more students. Please consider supporting the Book by Book program today with a small donation of $35 to send one book to one student.
"Literature offers students an opportunity to connect with anohter human being through storytelling. Holocaust books in particular give students a unique perspective of human connection when faced with unthinkable adversity. Our kids will choose to read these books because they want to connect with themes of empathy, resilience, and love." - Casie Grave, teacher at Coupeville Middle School
Please note: Books are available only to students in Washington State. We will notify you when your book is being sent. Books may take 2-4 weeks to arrive after your request is submitted.
Are the books new or used?
The books are brand new.
What safety measures are you taking considering the COVID-19 epidemic?
Books are packaged using gloves and will be wiped down prior to packaging.
How old do students need to be to request a book?
Books are for students in grades 6-12.
My student is not in Washington State. Can I request a book?
At this time, we are only giving books to students in Washington State.
Are students who receive books required to do something?
We know that all students are working with different pressures, abilities, and support. While not required, students are encouraged to do one (or more!) of the following:
- Participate! Join one of our virtual discussion groups about your book with other students who received the book and Holocaust Center staff. Details will be emailed to students.
Do I need to return the book?
No - this book is for you to keep. If you no longer want it, you can return it to the Holocaust Center and we will use it in our Holocaust Teaching Trunks. Or you can pass it on to a friend or your school library.
How is this program funded?
This program is funded by our generous donors who are dedicated to supporting education and recognize the importance of studying the Holocaust.