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

More served in 2018 than ever before!

Happy holidays, everyone! As we reflect on 2018, we’re grateful for all our supporters who made the year such a success. In 2018, we gave away 136,252 books to 1,541 visitors who work with tens of thousands of under-resourced children in Northern California; 835 businesses, schools, community groups, and individuals organized book drives, hosted book bag stands, and donated more than 159,921 books; and our dedicated volunteers gave well over 900 hours to counting and sorting all those free books and serving all our visitors. Your ongoing support helps us build equity of access to high-quality, high-interest books and literacy for all children in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Thank you for a wonderful year!

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 submitted their plans to the San Francisco Planning Department in March 2019, with environmental review of the proposal to follow. Planning approvals take about 18 months, and in that time MidPen will continue to develop the design and keep the community up to date at their Project Updates page.

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 2020. 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 our limited hours listed at the bottom of this page, including Labor Day, Monday September 2.

The Children’s Book Project is essential to my reading program, allowing me to establish a great set of leveled books for small group reading instruction AND to present two books per week to my students to add to their home libraries—over 400 books distributed this year! I have Kindergarten students reading at a second grade level and recent immigrants reading at grade level. The Children’s Book Project is an important part of Bay Area education. Thank you!

Mark M.

Kindergarten Teacher, Oakland Unified School District

Dear Children’s Book Project,

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


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