Way to Grow Children’s Book Drive

AIS is continuing its effort to expand its impact and leave a positive footprint in the communities we visit. The Children’s Book Drive benefitting Way to Grow is an initiative to support the next generation of students in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.


For over 30 years, Way to Grow has addressed the gaps in early childhood education in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN through intensive home visiting services and supportive programming. Way to Grow provides free year-round family support and stabilization services, health education, early learning/school readiness support, elementary education services, tutoring/academic support, and parent engagement programming. The non-profit aims to ensure every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in school and life.

Way to Grow’s “Great by Eight” programming is shared through virtual and in-person home visits. Way to Grow Family Educators focus on building trusted relationships with parents and children, helping to prioritize personal well-being goals, increase knowledge of parenting and child development, health education, and ways to grow children’s literacy and social and emotional development.

Books are an essential tool for supporting growing brains! Sharing storytime is a proven way to strengthen the parent-child bond, build literacy skills, and expose children to new cultures, people, and ideas. The organization is always looking for new stories to share with our Way to Grow families!

During AMCIS 2022, members are encouraged to drop off a new or gently used children’s book at the AIS Membership booth (near registration) or place an order online from one of the Way to Grow wish lists.  

Recommended Wish Lists
  • Amazon Wish List
    • Their address will automatically populate.
  • Barnes & Noble
    • Ship to: Way to Grow, 201 Irving Avenue North Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55045)

Way to Grow also recommends these local Minneapolis bookstores:

All books will be given directly to Way to Grow families. If ordering online, please include a note with your order. Way to Grow would love to say thank you!

Seeing images of yourself reflected in storybooks is an easy way to fall in love with reading. Way to Grow loves children’s books with diverse stories and characters, for readers ages 0-8. For more specific title ideas, check out their wish lists!