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

We aim to create a more socially just world by providing books for free 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.

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The Children’s Book Project Met Crucial Needs in 2020

• Almost 80,000 children’s books donated by individuals, local Book Bag hosts, businesses, publishers, authors, and organizers of book drives…

• Nearly 60,000 children’s books given away…

More than 400 clients serving thousands of high-need kids at Title 1 schools, public housing, learning hubs, Head Start programs, homeless shelters, public health clinics, & more…

Throughout 15 California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Lake, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Stanislaus.

We’re so proud of our community of heroes who help us give free books to children who need them now more than ever.

Wishing you a healthy and happy 2021!

Why Do You Support the Children’s Book Project?

Drawing of Risa by her father, artist Sol Schwartz

President Risa Schwartz shares why she’s so passionate about our mission: 

“Throughout my life, I’ve turned to books, which have opened my world, challenged my beliefs, and inspired my creativity. Watching the children in my life and community discover the power of the written word excites me even more than reading myself. What new ideas, passions, philosophies, games, and beauty are they uncovering? Which will they learn to invent, write down themselves, and share with their kids?

“The Project has always done a lot with a little. When I contribute, I know that every dollar I donate and every minute I volunteer is used to the maximum extent to put books into kids’ hands at home, in classrooms, and in other community spaces.”

Read Risa’s full San Francisco Foundation donor story! 


We’re thrilled to announce that we moved our Book Bank to 2166 Palou Avenue in San Francisco! Conveniently located off Bayshore Boulevard and Highways 101 and 280 in the Bayview, we’ll have room to grow in the years ahead. Now we’re rolling up our sleeves to recreate the safe, warm, and welcoming Book Bank our clients, donors, and volunteers rely on—while always keeping COVID safety in mind.

As we continue to offer curbside service by appointment, we’re restocking our shelves with beautiful books from authors, publishers, and individual book donors and drives. We’re preparing an online appointment reservation system, and setting up for safe distancing while volunteering, browsing, and donating. We can’t wait to welcome you back in person as soon as possible!

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve been working harder than ever to give free books to the most vulnerable children throughout Northern California. We’re grateful to all our generous and undaunted supporters who’ve helped us deliver over 34,000 diverse books to children who need them now more than ever—you are our heroes!

And now we need your help to cover new overhead costs for rent and utilities, so together we can continue to serve children who need books the most. Please share our Donate link with your friends, family, and community of readers today. Stay healthy, and keep reading!

Take a virtual walkthrough of our new Book Bank at 2166 Palou, and stay tuned for our next chapter!

The Book Bank is open by appointment to help limit the spread of COVID. Book now to Give Books, Get Books, and Volunteer!
Thank you for helping us meet critical needs in challenging times.

Our Clients

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Our Supporters

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