The Children’s Book Project builds literacy by bringing free books to children who need them since 1992.

Back to School with More Free Books Than Ever!

Thanks to all the teachers and staff of schools, after school programs, and libraries who made August 2018 our biggest month EVER! 218 visitors brought over 17,250 free books back to their classrooms and students. We’re also grateful to the 100+ generous donors—also the most ever in one month!—and our devoted, hard-working volunteers who gave 87 hours to counting, sorting, and serving our visitors. Your support helps us build equity of access to high-quality, high-interest books and literacy for all students in every classroom!

Help Us Find a New Home

The San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and the SF Unified School District are redeveloping our book site location as teacher housing. Project developer MidPen Housing invites you to give feedback on their preliminary designs.

We’re thrilled for our teachers who will get a chance to live affordably in the city, but now we need to find a new home after June 2019. If you know of any available, affordable office space in San Francisco—even shared space—please contact CBP Board President Risa Schwartz with ideas or leads. We’re looking for:

  • 3,000–6,000 square feet;
  • ground floor entry (or elevator access);
  • nearby parking;
  • location in San Francisco, ideally in the Bayview, Dogpatch, Western Addition, or Outer Mission.

Yes! We’re OPEN for limited hours listed at the bottom of this page, except: 

CLOSED for winter break
from December 21 – January 6.
Please do not drop off book donations during our closure.

We will resume our limited open hours from Monday, January 7, including Saturday, January 12 and Monday, January 21.

Thank you for all the wonderful books and lovely advice. It’s a wonderful way to start the school year. Your organization is inspiring!

Andrew P.

Teacher, Flynn Elementary, SFUSD

Dear Children’s Book Project,

Keep going strong. I believe in you! Thank you for the books!


Third Grader

You have been giving out books to my teacher. I really appreciate it. We need you, so please do not close!


Third Grader

Our future relies on the education of our children. Thank you, Children’s Book Project, for uniting local community leaders that are committed to promoting literacy amongst our youth.

Brianna L.

Field Nurse & Read Aloud Coalition member, SF Department of Public Health