Books can do a lot for you. They offer information, escape, adventure, hope. And sometimes books do even more: they can actually help change the world. Here are five that want to do just that, with their proceeds going to charity.
The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change
In this book that made Publisher’s Weekly’s list of book picks for the week, Adam Braun explains how he took $25 and funded nearly 200 schools around the world. Now with his own nonprofit, Pencils of Promise, continuing his mission, all of the proceeds of the sale of the book go to his charity. And the best aspect of this book? Braun promises that you, too, can effect great change without a lot of money.
Very Berry and Starring Eliza
At the wizened age of ten, Abby Richmond wrote and published a book, “Very Berry,” donating the proceeds of her novel to Reading is Fundamental. Then she did it again, with funds going to the Nature Conservancy for her second book, “Starring Eliza.” Abby is proof that you’re never too young to start caring about the world around you, and you’re never too young to do something about it.
This short story collection about China will actually benefit China. Greg Baines, a teacher living in China for more than a decade, put together an anthology intended to give the rest of us some insight into the sometimes mysterious country. The book’s proceeds go to benefit Heifer China, an office of Heifer International.
Dr. Dennis Snyder, an otolaryngologist and neck surgeon, founded Medical Missions for Children, a charity that spreads medical knowledge through long-distance learning. Snyder himself has taken more than 120 trips to administer medical care to children in developing nations, and now he’s taken that experience and transformed it into a novel. All royalties from the thriller go right back into Medical Missions for Children.
The Chocolate Bar Book
The sweetest book in the bunch, The Chocolate Bar Book — “chocolate bar” means “awesome” to author Dylan — is a testament to friendship. Six-year-old Dylan Siegel, upset that there was no cure for best friend Jonah Pournazarian’s glycogen storage disease, set out to help fund one by writing and selling a book. To date, he has raised an astounding $750,000 for research. Sounds pretty chocolate bar to me.