Aunt Mary’s Storybook is now serving 16 correctional facilities in Illinois: 6 county jails and 10 state prisons. Many of these facilities are visited once each month, and some even multiple times each month. With our vast expansion, the need for new and like-new children’s books is greater than ever.

Please consider leading a book drive to benefit Aunt Mary’s Storybook at Companions Journeying Together. Your civic, corporate, university, or church group will find this particularly rewarding; the books you donate will be placed directly in the hands of low-income children living across the state of Illinois. In addition to the book, the child receives an audio recording of their incarcerated parent reading from the book, as well as a short personal message.

Check out our book donation guide. We have drop-off locations in Western Springs, Little Village (Chicago), Kane County, and Will County. If you’re located near one of the facilities in which we serve, we can also arrange pick-up from your location.


Thank you to the following groups who have organized book drives for us in the past few years:
– Congregational Church of Batavia (Batavia, Illinois)
– Diocese of Joliet – Justice & Peace Ministry (Joliet, Illinois)
– Glenbrook South High School (Glenview, Illinois)
– Christ the King Catholic Church (Moline, Illinois)
– Shorewood Glen (Shorewood, Illinois)
– St. Pius X Church (Stickney, Illinois)
– Urban Village Church (Chicago, Illinois)
– Presbyterian Women in the Synod of Lincoln Trails

Ready to host a book drive? Get in touch!