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Library Donation

The Children’s Foundation of America works every day to provide more for children to help normalize the experience of youth who are unable to live with their families. We were ecstatic to receive a donation which allowed us to create a foundation library for youth in a Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program. The audience is adolescent boys ranging in age from 12-17. We scoured recommended book lists of classics and contemporary novels, and came up with the 64 titles below. Did we pick your favorite?

Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

1984, George Orwell

Eragon, Christopher Paolini

Hatchet, Gary Paulsen

A Separate Peace, John Knowles

The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

The Adventure of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

Call of the Wild, Jack London

White Fang, Jack London

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley

Moby Dick, Herman Melville

On the Road, Jack Kerouac

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Dracula, Bram Stoker

War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells

The Time Machine, H.G. Wells

The Island of Dr. Moreau, H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells

The First Men in the Moon, H.G. Wells

The Food of the Gods, H.G. Wells

The Odyssey, Homer

The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton

The Giver, Lois Lowry

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

Night, Elie Wiesel

Catch 22, Joseph Heller

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Wonder, R. J. Palacio

The Harry Potter Series, JK Rowling

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Hunger Games Series, Suzanne Collins

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Mockingjay
  3. Catching Fire

The Maze Runner Series, James Dashner

  1. The Maze Runner
  2. The Scorch Trials
  3. The Death Cure
  4. The Kill Order

The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis

  1. The Magician’s Nephew
  2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  3. The Horse and His Boy
  4. Prince Caspian
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  6. The Silver Chair
  7. The Last Battle


Carrie Palmer, Development Specialist
Carrie oversees the day-to-day operations and staffing of the Foundation. Among her many tasks, she is responsible for seeking out and applying to grants for the Foundation as well as overseeing fundraising events and donations. Above all, Carrie’s focus is to identify and access resources in order to help children heal, learn and thrive. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of San Diego in 2001 and a master’s degree in public administration at Cal Poly Pomona in 2005. Carrie is a book lover who enjoys spending much of her time with her family and, when given the opportunity, jumps at the chance to travel the world with her mother and daughter.