BOOK SITE CLOSED as California stays at home; we’re working remotely to ensure reading rich environments for all children. Updates below.

The Children’s Book Project gives free books to children who need them for equity in literacy, learning, and life. 

We aim to create a more socially just world by providing free books to under-resourced children. Literacy attainment is directly tied to academic achievement and lifetime outcomes, yet children in economically disadvantaged communities do not have the same access to books as their more affluent peers. The Children’s Book Project is committed to closing the opportunity gap and lifting up our community by raising readers.

Our rapid response to the pandemic

Since San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order was announced on March 16, the Children’s Book Project has acted quickly to support the needs of our most vulnerable families. Within 3 days, we distributed over 3,000 free books to children at SF emergency childcare centers for front line responders and SFUSD food distribution centers. Here’s one example of how we’re responding in this moment:

After picking up food, families were encouraged to pick up a book or two offered by the Children’s Book Project to make sure the students’ minds were fed too.  ABC7News

Book site operations on hold, but we’re still working for children who need books

We’re suspending open hours for our book site in accordance with California’s health directive to stay at home. During this time, our team is working remotely and will respond to your email (preferred) and voicemail. While schools and support programs are closed, we’ve coordinated with SFUSD and city organizations to get books to children who need them to ensure continued access to reading rich environments. We look forward to serving you at the book site as soon as public health considerations allow. Please check here for updates, stay healthy, and keep on reading!

Open hours suspended during California’s stay at home order.

Please do not drop off book donations until we resume open hours.

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, SF Department of Public Health

Dear Children’s Book Project,

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


Third Grader

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