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The Book with Purpose program is a summer initiative that aims to unite the Winston-Salem community in themed book discussions for all ages. In 2021, the focus was antiracism. Using the works of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Jason Reynolds, and Sonja Cherry-Paul, Bookmarks, together with more than 40 community groups, connected people from all walks of life in meaningful dialogue about racism and its effects on our community. The tremendous success of our inaugural year was due to the collaborative spirit embodied by all participants in the program. We received multiple donations from individuals who wished to contribute by purchasing a book or two for students. Thanks to the donations we received, we were able to donate 3,000 books to local schools and individuals of all ages. We are excited to enter our second year of the program with the theme of mental health awareness. We kicked off the program in May. Programming will continue throughout the summer, culminating in a talk at our annual Festival of Books & Authors on Saturday, September 24. 


At the bottom of this page you will find all four books available for purchase. Keep reading for ways to request free copies. 

We are distributing books to the community in various ways. Partnering organizations can receive free books from the list (as requested) with the option to purchase additional copies at a discounted price. 

This year we are focusing on one main title for each group: adults, young adults (12+), middle grade (8-12), and young children. Additional expanded reading lists will be available for further reading on the topic in each age group. Events and discussions will be held during the summer featuring authors, community leaders, and Bookmarks staff. 

  • AdultsSelf-Care for the Real World by Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips
  • Young Adult(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health edited by Kelly Jensen
  • Middle Grade (ages 8-12): The Self-Regulation Workbook for Kids: CBT Exercises and Coping Strategies to Help Children Handle Anxiety, Stress, and Other Strong Emotions by Jenna Berman, LCSW
  • Children & FamiliesRuby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival

Additional books for suggested reading can be found here. We have separated books into categories and have included books for all ages. ***Please note: many of these books contain content that might be triggering. Please read the descriptions before allowing your children to read them or before reading them yourself. These books are only meant to be a starting point for conversation and further discovery. We hope you will take the opportunity to explore difficult topics with yourself and your family.  


Listen to a Radio 101 Series from WFDD 88.5 FM as R.J. Reynolds High School students were tasked to look into the issue of teen mental health. Through research, interviewing local and national experts in the subject, and surveying over 1,600 students in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school district, Dispatches from Within was born. 

This series of stories looks into some of the biggest issues affecting teens' mental health nowadays: lack of equitable access to resources, perceived pressures from society, school shootings, self-worth, and substance use to just name a few. The series is also accompanied by artwork inspired by these themes from local high school students. 

Listen to the series here. 



  • Sponsor: Help financially with the production of an event or with book donations
  • Host: Create and host a book talk or community conversation in your location (or somewhere else) by yourself or in partnership with another organization
  • Moderate: Facilitate a conversation that someone else is hosting
  • Volunteer: Be a volunteer at an event
  • Attend: Come to a community event (or several!)
  • Promote: Help spread the word about the program within your organization and throughout the community



Request a copy!

If you are an individual who would like a copy of one of the four featured titles, fill out this form. Please note that we check this form once a week. We will fulfill requests as much as possible in the order they are received. Once we confirm that we have a copy for you, you will have two weeks to pick it up from Bookmarks. If the book is not picked up at that time, we will donate the book to the next person on the waiting list. 

If you are an organization or school requesting books, please fill out this form

'DRAGON HOME YOUR NEW BOOKS' - 2022 BOOK WITH PURPOSE T-SHIRTS2022 Book with Purpose t-shirts

Our 2022 t-shirt is centered around one of our mascots, Daisy the Dragon! This t-shirt fundraiser will help raise money for our Book with Purpose summer initiative that is centered around the topic of mental health. So 'dragon home your new books' while wearing this fun shirt, baseball tee, or tank top here!


Book with Purpose Title Sponsor
Maximum of two sponsors

Benefits include: Recognition at all Book with Purpose programs, online and in-person, with prominent logo placement on program materials, physical presence (if applicable), and mention from stage. Sponsorship includes logo placement on website, social media, newsletter, and all printed signs and materials, including inside the Bookmarks bookstore. Bookplates printed with sponsor logo for donated books. Optional welcome from stage and distribution of promotional materials at Book with Purpose summer events. 

Book with Purpose Presenting Sponsor
Maximum of four sponsors

Benefits include: Recognition with logo placement on printed and online materials, social media, website, and newsletter, as well as placement in the Bookmarks bookstore. Promotional material placement at one Book with Purpose event of sponsor's choosing, and optional welcome at the same event. 

Book with Purpose School Sponsors

  • Elementary: $1,000 sponsors two elementary schools
  • Middle: $2,000 sponsors two middle schools
  • High: $3,250 sponsors seven high schools

To purchase a book from our wishlist that will be donated, click here. 


  1. Library copies: $1,922.15
    Each of the 10 public library branches will receive 3 copies of each of the 4 titles for a total of 120 books
  2. Elementary Schools: $22,424.74 / 2,623 books
    Each of the 43 elementary schools in the WSFCS system will receive 50 copies of Ruby Finds a Worry that can be claimed by parents/students for a total of 2,150 books
    One copy of Ruby Finds a Worry for each elementary school library for a total of 43 copies
    10 copies of Ruby Finds a Worry per elementary school to be claimed by teachers for a total of 430 books
  3. Middle Schools: $16,505.60 / 884 books
    Each of the 17 middle schools in the WSFCS system will receive 20 copies of The Self-Regulation Workbook that can be claimed by parents/students for a total of 340 books
    Each of the 17 schools will receive 20 copies of (Don't) Call Me Crazy that can be claimed by parents/students for a total of 340 books
    One copy each of The Self-Regulation Workbook and (Don't) Call Me Crazy for each middle school library for a total of 34 books
    5 copies of The Self-Regulation Workbook and (Don't) Call Me Crazy per middle school to be claimed by teachers for a total of 170 books
  4. High Schools: $10,120.17 / 558 books
    Each of the 18 high schools in the WSFCS system will receive 25 copies of (Don't) Call Me Crazy that can be claimed by parents/students for a total of 450 books
    One copy of (Don't) Call Me Crazy for each high school library for a total of 18 books
    5 copies of (Don't) Call Me Crazy per high school to be claimed by teachers for a total of 90 books
  5. We would like to offer 100 copies of Self-Care for the Real World, (Don't) Call Me Crazy, The Self-Regulation Workbook for Kids, and Ruby Finds a Worry to community members to claim from Bookmarks. This would be a total of 400 books. 


Download a handout by clicking here. 


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Support Books with Purpose by making a donation to our year-round community outreach initiatives. Bookmarks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations to Bookmarks are tax deducible (EIN: 54-2152610). 

Self-Care for the Real World By Nadia Narain, Katia Narain Phillips Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419736773
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Image - September 18th, 2018

Wellness pioneers Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips have spent years helping others to feel their best, but it took them a bit longer to understand how to look after themselves.

(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health By Kelly Jensen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616207816
Availability: Available to order; typically arrives at Bookmarks in 7-10 days
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 2nd, 2018

A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2018

Who’s Crazy?

What does it mean to be crazy? Is using the word crazy offensive? What happens when a label like that gets attached to your everyday experiences?
To understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it.

The Self-Regulation Workbook for Kids: CBT Exercises and Coping Strategies to Help Children Handle Anxiety, Stress, and Other Strong Emotions By Jenna Berman Cover Image
Email for price & availability
ISBN: 9781646041831
Published: Bloom Books for Young Readers - August 3rd, 2021

Help your child identify, understand, and take control of their feelings with the kid-friendly cognitive behavioral therapy and self-regulation exercises in this easy-to-use workbook.

When children have difficulty self-regulating, it can make it harder for them to get along with peers and family members, hurt their academic achievement, and inhibit their ability to complete

Ruby Finds a Worry (Big Bright Feelings) By Tom Percival Cover Image
ISBN: 9781547602377
Availability: Available to order; typically arrives at Bookmarks in 7-10 days
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

The beloved picture book about what to do when a worry won't leave you at alone -- perfect for reassuring young readers in times of stress.