Book Drive for Rise Elementary in Oakland

A few words in memory of my mother, Betty Stroup, who’s birthday was January 25th.  

My mom, Betty Stroup, loved to read.  She grew up in Alabama during the Great Depression and WW2, and would have never left if she had not met my father, a man of insatiable curiosity and wanderlust.  Together they were a late 40's version of “geek love” as they were both quiet, bookish STEM kids.  My folks were married for 44 years, until my mom passed away at age 67.  I still miss her. 

My mom was a huge advocate for education and empowerment for all children, and she spent hundreds of volunteer hours, long past the time when her own kids were in school, working on a variety of educational causes.  


One of my favorite things about being a local business owner is the opportunity to connect with the community.  And in honor of my mom, the large part of this effort is supporting kids in our local public and charter schools.  

In February, we are volunteering with the Oakland Education Fund’s African American Literature Read In.  Agency staff will read at Rise Elementary on February 8th.  Knowing that reading requires books, I asked the Principal, Abraham Abullarade, if there were any books on they we could bring.  Juliana, the Librarian responded with the list below. (Juliana is pretty awesome to know so many cool books for kids)

We’d love to provide as many books as possible so we hosting a book drive.  To avoid duplication, I created a signup sheet on google docs.    Our pledge to RISE elementary is to fulfill their list by the end of the year so we appreciate you support.  We will be buying books from LOCAL bookstores and we encourage you to do the same.

To donate – simply drop of your book(s) or cash donation at the office.  We’ll make sure it gets to RISE Elementary.   We’ll be taking books monthly until the list is complete.  And we’d love to take a big box of books on February 8.

Thanks in advance for your help and support.

~ Ruth Stroup

                          RISE Elementary Wish List

  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

  • Booked by Kwame Alexander

  • Any of the dork diaries series by Rachel Renee Russell

  • Goggles by Ezra Jack Keats

  • Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

  • My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best

  • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

  • Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner

  • Lucky Beans by Becky Birtha

  • Juneteeth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

  • Sunday Shopping by Sally Derby

  • Grandpa's Face by Eloise Greenfield

  • More-igami by Dori Kleber

  • The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Pat McKissack

  • Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen

  • School's First Day of School by Christian Robinson

  • We Came to America by Faith Ringgold

  • I love my hair! by Natasha Tarpley

  • This is the Rope: A story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson

  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

  • The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrick Henry Bass

  • Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth

  • The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

  • The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

  • The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis

  • Nikki and Deja: The Newsy News Newsletter by Karen English

  • Nikki and Deja: Birthday Blues by Karen English

  • Chasing Freedom: the life journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, inspired by historical facts by Nikki Grimes

  • Wings by Christopher A. Myers

  • Sniffy Blue: Ace Crime Detective by Walter Dean Myers

  • Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin A. Ramsey

  • As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds

  • EllRay Jakes Stands Tall by Sally Warner

  • EllRay Jakes the Recess King by Sally Warner

  • EllRay Jakes is not a Chicken by Sally Warner

  • Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

  • President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston

  • The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

  • My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth by Ann Warren Turner

  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Harper, spirit of the civil rights movement by Carole Boston Weatherford

  • Seeds of Change: planting a path to peace by Jen Cullerton Johnson

  • Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson

  • Ruby Bridges by Simone T. Ribke

  • The Airport Book by Lisa Brown

  • The Grasshopper & The Ants by Jerry Pinkney

  • George Washington Carver by Luke Collins

  • The Great Migration: an American Story by Jacob Lawrence

  • Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, a young artist in Harlem by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

If you have a favorite book then please feel free to add it and drop it by our office at:

3560 Grand Ave. Oakland, CA 94610  510-874-5700