HarperCollins Children’s Books and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) are joining forces with Endless OS Foundation and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to bring many celebrated and New York Times bestselling children’s books, in both e-book and hardcover format, to children and their families displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. With 4 million children inside Ukraine in need of humanitarian aid, and 1.3 million Ukrainian refugees across Europe estimated to be children, this collaboration will bring engaging and inclusive content to families at no charge.

Launching on December 21, 2023, a selection of HarperCollins children’s books will be available in the Ukrainian language and will be distributed to children ages 5–18+. E-books will be available on all online retail and library channels worldwide, as well as through Endless Key, an online and downloadable app designed to help offline communities access educational, learning, and discovery resources without an internet connection. In addition, hundreds of hardcover books will be distributed through the International Rescue Committee, a global nonprofit that helps people affected by humanitarian crises, and its local partners in the United Kingdom, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Moldova, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

“A stark half of all school-aged refugee children from Ukraine are missing out on formal education. As the war has no end in sight—still forcing families to seek safety abroad or making it impossible for them to return home—we are grateful for this partnership between the IRC, HarperCollins Children’s Books, and CAA. We look forward to reaching displaced children and their families with educational and heartwarming books, which will provide them with a sense of comfort and home away from home,” says David Miliband, President and CEO of the IRC.

Jean McGinley, VP and Associate Publisher for HarperCollins Children’s Books, adds, “Everyone at HarperCollins Children’s Books is thrilled to be a part of this amazing initiative, and our hope is to share the warmth and joy that reading can bring with as many displaced children and families as possible.”

“CAA is proud to join forces with HarperCollins Children’s Books, Endless, and our HarperCollins-published clients on this important initiative,” says Cait Hoyt, CAA Books agent“These talented authors have created books with messages that make a child feel loved and seen, and we are grateful for the efforts of all involved to provide Ukrainian children, whose lives have been deeply impacted by war, with a sense of comfort and connection through reading books in their own language.”

“This Endless Key project provides an immediate and practical solution to displaced families with a collection of curated learning resources that can be accessed anywhere,” says Rob McQueen, CEO at Endless“We are proud to partner with HarperCollins Children’s Books and CAA to ensure that families from Ukraine have offline access to high-quality content in their language.”

Translated by Dasha Peipon, writer, editor, and teacher, who’s originally from Ukraine, and Larysa Tsilyk, a Ukrainian poet, the following titles will be included in this partnership:

Builder Brothers: Big Plans by Drew and Jonathan Scott, illustrated by Kim Smith
New York Times bestselling authors and hosts of the Emmy-nominated hit HGTV show Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan bring their winning blend of imagination, humor, and can-do know-how to their first-ever picture book.

I've Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb, illustrated by Suzie Mason
#1 New York Times bestseller I’ve Loved You Since Forever is a celebratory and poetic testament to the timeless love felt between parent and child. This beautiful picture book was inspired by Kotb’s heartwarming adoption of her baby girl, Haley Joy.

Read All About It! by Mrs. Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, illustrated by Denise Brunkus
#1 New York Times bestselling authors collaborate on a classroom adventure about the exciting and unexpected things that can happen when you read!

Shady Baby by Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, illustrated by Tara Nicole Whitaker
Based on their famous baby girl, Kaavia James, Shady Baby is a powerful, funny, super-cute, African American girl character who tells it like it is.

The Great Realization by Tomos Roberts, illustrated by Nomoco
Robert’s message of hope and resilience during the coronavirus pandemic resonated with millions online and now he’s bringing his inspirational poem to a beautiful picture book that’s perfect for anyone, of any age, who needs to see why hindsight is 2020.

Who Will I Be? by Abby Huntsman, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
This inspiring debut picture book from former cohost of The View Abby Huntsman explores the value of service and the extraordinary power of giving back.

You Are My Happy by Hoda Kotb, illustrated by Suzie Mason
Following on the heels of the #1 New York Times bestseller I’ve Loved You Since Forever comes a bedtime snuggling book about gratitude for the things in life—both big and small—that bring us happiness.

Learn more at https://www.rescue.org/booksforukraine