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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In Memoriam: Kathryn Olney 1955 – 2021

We honor the late Kathryn Olney, who died peacefully at home on January 14th after a nearly four-year battle with breast cancer.

An investigative journalist, Kathryn volunteered and served on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Book Project for many years, launching our Facebook presence and fundraising for us. She worked until the end of her life, surrounded by books and loved ones.

Kathryn will be deeply missed by all at the Children’s Book Project.

For more about Kathryn, read her obituary here

Miss San Joaquin County and Children’s Book Project Join Forces

Miss San Joaquin County, Our Literacy Champion

We are thrilled to partner with Miss San Joaquin County, our Literacy Champion! Emily Grimmius is a fearless advocate for students across California, and has created the Read Dream Succeed Initiative to promote literacy and inspire all students to achieve their goals.

Emily says, “The Children’s Book Project is doing the crucial work to increase literacy equity by providing free books to children who need them. When students do not master basic reading skills by third grade, they are exponentially more likely to drop out of school. I want to see every California student read, dream, and succeed in their ambitions. Together, the Children’s Book Project and I will increase literacy equity and provide books directly to students.”

To encourage literacy and make reading fun, Emily is happy drop into your class (remotely or in person) to read to your students. Get in touch with our Literacy Champion today!

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!

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.

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