No one knows how long it will take to completely restore the areas hardest hit. In the meantime, books can help children discover new and exciting information, escape to worlds of fantasy and adventure or simply find a smile.
For those who live along the Gulf Coast, I'm sure you could donate books at one of the many relief organizations. Here in Houston, they were asking for children's book donations for the thousands of children currently housed in the Astrodome as there isn't much for them to do. However, it might not hurt to call your local organizations before dropping off any books; many will give you a list of supplies most needed right now.