Anonymous “Book Angel” Donor Gives Children’s Books to Kids at Mary’s Place
This week, Queen Anne Book Company is grateful for the opportunity to donate new children’s and young adult books to Mary’s Place. An anonymous customer of the independent bookstore recently reached out to co-owners Janis Segress and Judy & Krijn de Jonge after becoming concerned by the increased number of unhoused children in Seattle. This customer wondered if – with the aid of a personal donation – the bookstore would be willing to act as a steward for getting bedtime stories and other books to children who are facing hardship. Queen Anne Book Company happily accepted. The generous donation enabled the bookstore to give brand new books for toddlers, early readers, middle readers, and young adults through Mary’s Place. Among the titles were award-winning young adult novel Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram, Daniel José Older’s middle reader adventure Dactyl Hill Squad, and the Navajo picture book First Laugh by Rose Ann Tahe, Nancy Bo Flood, and Jonathan Nelson.
“Our daily mission as a bookstore is putting books into hands. We’re grateful to our generous Book Angel who makes it possible to get books to children and their families who are in need,” said Janis Segress, Queen Anne Book Company Co-Owner & Manager.
Mary’s Place provides safe, inclusive shelter and services to support women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness. If you’re interested in donating, you can find them here. Queen Anne Book Company is an independent bookstore in the Seattle neighborhood of Queen Anne that is passionate about books and building community. They act as stewards of the “Book Angel” program, selecting children’s books for redistribution through local nonprofits that serve families experiencing hardship.