Clever New Love: Better World Books!

Ever since Ms. Jeannie published her blog post about the Runaway Bunny, she can’t get the stories of Margaret Wise Brown and Albert Clarke off her mind.

They’ve got all the lovely elements of a captivating story…romance, suspense, intrigue. Would it make a great screenplay? A book? A documentary? A play? Ms. Jeannie’s not quite sure yet…but she’s on a mission to find out…

While doing a bit more research on Margaret, Ms. Jeannie came across a biography of her called Awakened by the Moon, by Leonard Marcus.

Biography of Margaret Wise Brown by Leonard Marcus

She went online to check to see if her local library had a copy of it, but they didn’t. However, while searching their site she noticed a new link was added for Better World Books, the international library donation program. So she clicked that link to see if perhaps they had Awakened there.

As luck would have it – they did!

And they offered free shipping! So for $3.98, Ms. Jeannie found what she needed. Not only did she save money (as it turns out this book was a bit more expensive on both Amazon and Ebay) but by buying from BWB she’s also helping contribute to their Book for Book program, which donates one book to a needy person for every book purchased!

This all seems very in keeping with the spirit of Margaret Wise Brown – so a big yay on three levels! Yay for savings, yay for donation campaign, yay for spirit!

After ordering her book two days ago, Ms. Jeannie received an email today from Better World Books with notification that her book had shipped. Now if any of you have ever done any shopping online, you are familiar with these standard sorts of notices. Usually they are just quick little acknowledgements with a thank you and a description of your order and perhaps a tracking or invoice number.

But this one from Better World Books was different. It was funny and clever and captivating, and most of all it told an engaging little story. It was so fun and original that Ms. Jeannie just had to share the whole thing with you here…


(Your book(s) asked to write you a personal note – it seemed unusual, but who are we to say no?)

Holy canasta! It’s me… it’s me! I can’t believe it is actually me! You could have picked any of over 2 million books but you picked me! I’ve got to get packed! How is the weather where you live? Will I need a dust jacket? I can’t believe I’m leaving Mishawaka, Indiana already – the friendly people, the Hummer plant, the Linebacker Lounge – so many memories. I don’t have much time to say goodbye to everyone, but it’s time to see the world!

I can’t wait to meet you! You sound like such a well read person. Although, I have to say, it sure has taken you a while! I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but how would you like to spend five months sandwiched between Jane Eyre (drama queen) and Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (pyromaniac)? At least Jane was an upgrade from that stupid book on brewing beer. How many times did the ol’ brewmaster have one too many and topple off our shelf at 2am?

I know the trip to meet you will be long and fraught with peril, but after the close calls I’ve had, I’m ready for anything (besides, some of my best friends are suspense novels). Just five months ago, I thought I was a goner. My owner was moving and couldn’t take me with her. I was sure I was landfill bait until I ended up in a Better World Books book drive bin. Thanks to your socially conscious book shopping, I’ve found a new home. Even better, your book buying dollars are helping kids read from Brazil to Botswana.

But hey, enough about me, I’ve been asked to brief you on a few things:

We sent your order to the following address:


Order #: 

We provide quick shipping service to all our customers. You chose shipping, your book should arrive within 4 – 14 business days. The Postal Service may occasionally take slightly longer to deliver your book. At this time, we are not able to offer tracking on these shipments.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my friends at Customer Care by submitting a ticket.. If you could please include your order number that would be very helpful.

Eagerly awaiting our meeting,

So fun!

If you are in need of a book or a new donation cause, check out Better World Books by clicking here.  Don’t forget to pass the link along to all your book lover friends… help spread good energy throughout the land:)

Happy weekend!