What is The Story Express?

The Story Express™ program is a part of our Children’s Enrichment Program. It provides thousands of new children’s books to our classrooms three times during the school year. Each time The Story Express™ visits a school, our CEP Artists and volunteers bring in new books for the children to choose one of their own!

In addition to classrooms, The Story Express™ program visits festivals and community events to give out books to all school-age children. These books are primarily donated to The Craddock Center through the generosity of our nationwide network of supporters.

Literacy research shows a correlation between the number of age-appropriate books that a child has at home and the number of years of school that child will complete.

Further, the skills children develop when they handle books are critical to the development of literacy. Simple knowledge, such as how to turn pages, the orientation and direction of print, and relationship between pictures and story, is difficult to learn unless children have experienced holding books.

How You Can Help

Donations to the Story Express™ are greatly appreciated.  All financial donations are put directly towards the purchase of new books. Please use the ‘Donate’ button on the Home page of this website and put ‘Books’ in the note section.

Donations of new books are also greatly valued and make wonderful additions. They can be sent to 300 Cherry Log St., #69, Cherry Log, Georgia 30522.

Amazon, Costco, Target, Walmart
Books from retail vendors are an important and vital part of the success of The Story Express™. Books ranging from board books to middle grade novels are needed and can be ordered and sent to The Craddock Center. 

Used Books
The Craddock Center also accepts contributions of gently loved used books.  These books are also distributed and used for programs for those in need.  For this reason, used books need to be clean, undamaged and in appealing condition.

Sending Donations
If you would like to provide financially or give the gift of books to the Story Express™, please send all donations to:

The Craddock Center
300 Cherry Log St., #69
Cherry Log, GA 30522
(706) 632-1772