BOOK BANK offers curbside service by appointment during COVID; we’re working harder than ever to ensure reading-rich environments for our most vulnerable children. Updates below.

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.


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!

Usborne Book Party Through November 15 Supports Our Mission

We’re so grateful that our supporter Jen Lui is raising funds for us RIGHT NOW with her Usborne Books & More book party. Please share with others who may want to see the books, and shop for your family and friends!

Jen says: “As I researched options for my Thanksbooking party, I chose the Children’s Book Project because I appreciate that their specific focus is to spread literacy to the children and homes who need the support in the greater Bay Area, here in CA. Pre-Covid, they operated from a storefront in SF where they provided donated books for free to those in need- schools, shelters, teachers, daycares, all could go and get unlimited access to books. Now in Covid they handle donations through scheduled requests and deliveries, and are focused more than ever to help get literature out to those in need.

“Thank you for joining me in my effort to donate as many books as possible to help this wonderful organization and the children who they work with! Half of all sales and all my proceeds will go to this wonderful organization whose sole purpose is ‘committed to closing the opportunity gap and lifting up our community by raising readers.'”

27,000 Books Given Away During COVID Crisis

We’re so grateful to all our donors and community partners who have made it possible for us to give away over 27,000 books so far for our most vulnerable children since we closed to the public in mid-March. Teachers, nurses, social workers, and staff of shelters, public housing, emergency daycare centers, and many others are helping us get free books to the children who need them now more than ever. You are ALL our heroes—heroes who are working harder than ever to meet the urgent needs of this moment, like One Love Black Mamas, who shared on their Instagram @oneloveBlackmamas:

We show up because we love Black Community & find healing in giving back….special shout out to @childrensbookprojectsf your books are a hit!!! It takes a village & this would not be possible without each of us. Thank you to all who believe in the power of This work. Much love & respect. ✊🏾❤️

Book Bank open hours are suspended to help limit the spread of COVID. Clients and donors may request curbside service by appointment to Get Books or Give Books.
Thank you for helping us meet critical needs in challenging times!

 CLOSED for Winter Break
December 21–January 3

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