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.

Magical Giving Tuesday at Folio Books

On Giving Tuesday, December 3, our longtime supporter Folio Books in Noe Valley will donate 20% of all proceeds to the Children’s Book Project. Save the date to shop for the booklovers on your holiday list, while supporting the Children’s Book Project and a wonderful independent bookstore. To make it even easier, Folio Books encourages you to pre-order the titles you want to pick up on Giving Tuesday. And that evening, you’re invited to step through the wardrobe and into the enchanted world of Narnia during our evening reception at Folio Books!

Back to School Is Better with Free Books!

We’re grateful to all the wonderful educators who came to the Children’s Book Project to get ready for the new school year with high quality, high-interest books for their students and classrooms. From August through the first week of September, over 220 teachers and other staff picked up over 18,400 free books for the kids they serve. We wish you all a successful, resourceful, and enriching school year!

Help us find a new home by June 2020

The San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and the SF Unified School District are redeveloping our book site location as teacher housing. Project developer MidPen Housing submitted their plans to the San Francisco Planning Department in March 2019, with environmental review of the proposal to follow. Planning approvals take about 18 months, and in that time MidPen will continue to work on the plans and keep the community informed at their Project Updates page.

We’re thrilled for our teachers who will get a chance to live affordably in the city, but now we need to find a new home after June 2020. If you know of any available, affordable office space in San Francisco—even shared space—please contact the Children’s Book Project’s Managing Director Emily Maksymiuk with ideas or leads. We’re looking for:

  • 3,000–6,000 square feet;
  • ground floor entry (or elevator access);
  • nearby parking;
  • location in San Francisco, ideally in the Bayview, Dogpatch, Western Addition, or Outer Mission.

We’re OPEN for our limited hours listed at the bottom of this page, except:

CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break
November  27 & 28

Please do not drop off books during our closure.

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 & Read Aloud Coalition member, SF Department of Public Health

Dear Children’s Book Project,

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

Gwen

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