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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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Giving Season at Folio Books

Our longtime supporter and local independent bookseller Folio Books is helping us give even more beautiful, free books to kids who need them most — for keeps! 

GIVING TUESDAY: On November 29, 15% of proceeds from all purchases made in store will benefit Children’s Book Project. Purchases made at November 24 – 30 using code CBP2022 will be included in the Giving Tuesday fundraiser!

GIVING TREE: From November 29 through the holiday season, visit Folio Books in person or at to purchase our curated wishlist books for Children’s Book Project.

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Children’s Book Project Day: One for the Books!

 3 millionth book given to Mercedes with Latino Task Force by founder Vicki Pollack with her daughter Melanie Mickelson

Author Gennifer Choldenko read Dad and the Dinosaur aloud and then visited our Book Bank

Auhor and illustrator Nidhi Chanani visits the Book Bank after reading aloud What Will My Story Be?

Author Diana Kapp in the Book Bank with her book Girls Who Green the World

Families decorate their own book bags

Author Hope Lim reads aloud

Over 50 volunteers made our 30th a success!

Touring our Book Bank

Author JaNay Brown-Wood signs her books for young fans

Sponsor Parsons Corporation hosts a prize wheel

Our Book Bank team celebrates Children’s Book Project Day

Author Hope Lim visits the Book Bank after reading aloud

Volunteers give away nearly 800 books

Author Nina LaCour reads aloud from Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle

Reps from Latino Task Force and Homeless Prenatal Program join Vicki, Melanie, and Risa to honor Children’s Book Project Day

Ivan with Latino Task Force describes the positive impact the Children’s Book Project’s has on our community

30th Anniversary Committee celebrate at our community event

Young readers get up close with Nina LaCour

30th Committee Chairs Kathy Angus and Melanie Mickelson celebrate with Founder Vicki Pollack

Juanita of Homeless Prenatal Program shares how crucial the Children’s Book Project is to the vulnerable families she serves

Author Meg Fleming signs her books for a young reader

Decorate your own book

Nidhi Chanani illustrates kids’ ideas

Kids pick out new books of their own — for keeps!

Thanks to Our Sponsors & Supporters!

Diane B. WilseyLeslie & Bill Thompson
The Good Life Grocery
Growing Up Art & Crafts
…and many more!


At our wonderful, free 30th Anniversary Community Celebration on October 15th —declared Children’s Book Project Day by San Francisco Mayor London Breed — our founder Vicki Pollack gave our 3 millionth children’s book to community partner Latino Task Force.

Nearly 500 local residents, including 300 children, joined us for festivities outside our Book Bank that featured enthralling presentations by Bay Area children’s book authors Hope Lim, Diana Kapp, Gennifer Choldenko, Nina LaCour, Nidhi Chanani, JaNay Brown-Wood, and Meg Fleming.

Community partners Vision To Learn provided free vision screenings, eye exams, and glasses for underserved children, and 18 Reasons encouraged kids to taste and describe fresh fruits and vegetables.

More than 50 volunteers, including moms and daughters from National Charity League Crystal Springs, offered delicious food, engaging family activities, and gave away nearly 800 beautiful, free books!

For 30 years, we’ve given away free books for hundreds of thousands of low-income children in 20 California counties, from Alameda to Yolo and beyond. Some of these kids, now grown, are among the educators, social workers, nurses, doctors, and staff of organizations who visit our Book Bank to get books for children who need more books of their own. 

Today, we celebrate all of you — our supporters, clients, volunteers, donors, friends, and families — who help us continue  to raise readers by giving free books to children who need them!





Our Book Bank is open by appointment to Give Books, Get Books, and Volunteer! 
Click the links to schedule online.

CLOSED for Winter Break 12/16/2022 – 1/1/2023.

Know before you go: Properly fitted N95 masks required inside the Book Bank. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to serving you safely.

Thank you for helping us meet critical needs in challenging times.

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