January 2022 UPDATE

We are beyond excited to announce the results of our second annual Holiday Card Drive! As you know, last year we sent in 680 cards. This year, with your help, we sent in a grand total of 860 holiday cards to incarcerated people in New Jersey! In each card, we enclosed information on how to request free books from our project. We are already seeing a rising number of new book requests flooding in to our PO BOX, which is amazing. Many of the incarcerated folks writing in are expressing how much the cards meant to them. Thank you for helping make our friends on the inside feel remembered, cared for, and valued during a time of year that can be especially difficult in prison. We will certainly do this again - next November 2022 will kick off our third annual Holiday Card Drive! So stay connected, and we look forward to working together again to spread joy and community through our cards. In the meantime, there are several other ways to support our work, like purchasing books off our Amazon Wish List and donating funds for shipping. Thank you for your commitment in supporting Books Behind Bars!







November 2021


It's time to kick off our second annual Holiday Card Drive! With your help, last year we were able to send in a total of 680 holiday cards to incarcerated people in New Jersey prisons! We would love to enlist your help again.

This season can be an especially rough time for our friends in prison. Sending in cards is a way for us to share joy, connection, and community. It also tells prison staff that these people have a community on the outside that is watching and looking out for them. With each card, we will enclose information on how they can request free books from our program. 


  • Get some cards! (Avoid cards with glitter on them.)

  • Write something warm and uplifting. For example: Dear friend, Holding you in our hearts this holiday season & sending love from [Your Town, Your State]. With care and in solidarity.

  • Please be sure to sign as "[Your First Name] with Books Behind Bars."

  • Don't add any glitter, paint, glue, crayons, stickers, or tape. This may cause them to be rejected.

  • Don't seal the envelopes. We'll be enclosing a letter with each card, explaining how to order free books from our program.

  • Don't write anything on the outside of the envelopes. We'll take care of the addressing.

  • Please do stamp envelopes if you can, or donate packs of stamps. 

  • When you're done, stack up your cards and envelopes and mail them in one packet to us at: Books Behind Bars PO BOX 2611 Wildwood, NJ 08260. We'd like to receive them all by December 13th. We will then place our informational letter in each one, seal them, address them, and mail them out!                                                                                                                                                                                               

  • Share on social media! We'd love to see pics of you filling out cards. Tag us! 


Email us at with any questions.

Thank you so much for participating in our second annual Holiday Card Drive!