Book Bundles for Donation


THANK YOU for helping us get books in the hands of kids who needed them most!  

With the generous support of our community of readers, River Bend has donated nearly 3,000 books to local students since the beginning of the pandemic.  Through your prurchases of $25 book bundles, we distributed books through the alternate school lunch pickup programs operating within Glastonbury and our neighboring towns.  

Now that schools are reopening, our Book Bundle program has been put on pause.  We will wait to see what may be needed by schools and families, and respond accordingly.  Thank you for all you have done to make this effort successful!


Read the article about our Book Bundle program featured in Connecticut By The Numbers and watch us on WTNH News 8.


River Bend booksellers selected and ordered a wide variety of titles appropriate for K-12 students, with an emphasis on high-interest stories that will keep kids engaged in independent reading.

Why should you support this initiative?  Because having books in the home matters.  Consider these statistics:


The average middle-class child is likely to own 13 books at any given time, while the average low-income neighborhood has one book for every 300 children. (Changing the Odds for Children at Risk, Susan Neuman, University of Michigan)


The number of books in a home has a more direct effect on the eventual level of a child’s education than do the parents’ education and economic standing. (20-year study, Moriah Evans, University of Nevada at Reno)


With schools and libraries closed, many children lack access to age-appropriate reading material.  You can make an immediate impact by getting books into the hands of the children who need them most, right here in your neighborhood. 

* River Bend is not a non-profit organization, but we are passing the entirety of your contribution directly on to kids in the form of books.  We saw a need and created an opportunity to contribute.  We're using our publisher and wholesaler relationships to source new books in bulk for considerable discounts, allowing your $25 to purchase 7-12 books. 


Thank you for supporting this program!  Please contact us at the shop if you have any questions about your participation.