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.

Our News

Going Strong at 29 Years!

Since 1992, we’ve been giving free books to children who need them for equity in literacy, learning, and life. This October, we’re celebrating 29 years of service and have tallied up our biggest month ever despite the pandemic — 18,523 books given away and 24,956 books received in August 2021. We couldn’t do it without all our wonderful community partners — our donors, clients, volunteers, book bag hosts, organizers of book drives, and everyone who helps us give more and more children access to the world of opportunity in every book. Thank you to all the literacy heroes who keep us going strong!

Cole Hardware Is All In for Us This August!

This August, our longtime community partner Cole Hardware will collect spare change at their registers AND children’s book donations at all their store locations in San Francisco and Oakland. Thanks, Cole Hardware, for your ongoing support of our mission to give free books to children who need them!

Children’s Book Project Receives CA COVID Relief Grant

The Children’s Book Project has been awarded a $15,000 California COVID Relief Grant in recognition of our ongoing work during the pandemic to give free books to children who need them. Research shows that children who grow up with books do better in literacy, numeracy, and even technology. This grant helps us continue to make sure every child has a lifeline to learning with books of their very own—for keeps!

Our Book Bank is open by appointment to Give Books, Get Books, and Volunteer!
Click the links to schedule online.
Thank you for helping us meet critical needs in challenging times.

All part-time staff fully vaccinated; mask required at Book Bank.

Our Clients

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Our Supporters


…and many more! 

 

113,055

BOOKS GIVEN AWAY

so far in 2021

154,442

BOOKS RECEIVED

so far in 2021

408

VOLUNTEER HOURS

so far in 2021