Be a Book Bunny

Be a Book Bunny distributes literacy bags to over 1,000 students served by MRC to help children build personal libraries to encourage reading both in and out of the classroom.

How does it work?

For our Be a Book Bunny program, YLS has partnered with the Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC), a volunteer tutoring initiative, to support pre-kindergarten through second-grade students who are falling behind their peers in reading. Be a Book Bunny sponsors fill Book Bunny reading totes with eight new, age-appropriate books and school supplies. There is no limit to how many totes a business, family, or individual can provide. Each tote is tagged by each child's grade and gender to help our volunteers provide the right kinds of books.

How can I participate?

  1. Purchase books and supplies through our Amazon wish list, and they will be shipped directly to United Way!
  2. Be a Virtual Book Bunny and make an online gift. United Way will purchase the books and supplies on your behalf and volunteers will fill the totes.

The Joy of Reading

A personal library encourages healthy reading habits, which helps children succeed later in life. Having books at home helps spark the desire to read and helps kids gain confidence in their reading skills.

Book Bunny 2021

Nearly 15,000 donated books were used to fill more than 1,000 totes through our Be A Book Bunny program with the help of our United Way staff and volunteers, who were taking precautions like wearing gloves and using hand sanitizer during COVID-19. These totes will supply children with our Midlands Reading Consortium with books and school supplies.

Hippity-Hoppity Sponsor

Cotton Tail Sponsor:
Andrew W. Saleeby, Special Counsel, Nexsen Pruet
Dr. Natalia Antley, Carolina Dentistry
Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Bunny Sponsors: 
Columbia Children's Dentistry

Marc Brown Law Firm
Great Southern Homes
Weathers Contracting

Book Sponsors:
William Velasco, Jr.
Strategic Public Relations Consulting, LLC
NP Strategy

Book Donations:
Odd Bird Books