By Lynne Adkins
CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — Hundreds of young Camden schoolchildren had the chance today to pick out free books, to keep and enjoy.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw Claims She's Not Resigning, Despite Rumors Saying She Might Become New York City's Top Cop
The book giveaway is the brainchild of 14-year-old Alexa Grabelle of Voorhees, NJ (photo below), who for four years has collected more than 50,000 donated books and given them away to needy children.
Grabelle says the organization she founded at age 10, Bags of Books, was created to keep kids learning over the summer and loving reading.
“The students can shop for books of their choice, books that they’re interested in, so they can start their own personal libraries,” she explained to KYW Newsradio.
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“Um, my favorite is princesses,” said one little girl. Can she read it by herself? “Almost!”
The 500 students circulated up and down the aisles, shopping bags in hand, making selections.
“I got Bob the Builder — it’s my favorite!” said one.
And that little girl we spoke with earlier was delighted to share her finds: “It’s a princess book! And Strawberry Shortcake.”
Other popular choices included books on football, magic, and ghost stories.
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