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.
Supported by Community Vision, with funding from the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, we’re thrilled to receive a Relocation and Renovation Program Award and Reopening Grant for our new Book Bank at 2166 Palou Avenue in San Francisco.
This award funds our relocation from the Outer Sunset to the Bayview, furnishing our beautiful, new Book Bank, and reopening with more space, more hours, and more books for children who need them for equity in literacy, learning, and life.
Since my students got books from [the Children’s Book Project], something is happening I’ve never seen before. They’re so excited about the books—we’re on Zoom and they share what they’re reading and talk about their favorite series with one another. I just sit back and say, “Wow.” Some of these kids have lost mom or dad to COVID. One girl said that when she’s reading, she can go somewhere else in her mind. Thank you.
A year ago today, San Francisco announced stay-at-home orders. We emerge undaunted and energized by what we’ve accomplished for the children who need us now more than ever:
- We closed to the public and pivoted operations overnight to an entirely new delivery model with just 2 part-time staff to collect, count, sort, select, and deliver books through the end of 2020.
- From March 17–December 31st, we gave away over 41,000 books to children at meal distribution centers, public housing, Boys and Girls Clubs, Head Start programs, shelters, public health clinics, learning hubs, and many other organizations serving disadvantaged communities in 15 Northern and Central California counties.
- Remarkably, we managed this without our usual 100 hours a month of volunteer help or open hours for clients and donors.
- In November 2020, we successfully relocated across town to the Bayview District of San Francisco, while keeping curbside delivery for clients going through the end of the year.
- In January 2021, we added 5 days a month at our beautiful new Book Bank to serve clients and curbside donors by appointment, limiting capacity while accommodating demand safely during the pandemic.
- We’ve already given away over 18,000 books so far this year to clients serving low-income children in Title 1 schools, organizations mentioned above, and many more.
- We’ve processed over 32,000 new and gently used books so far in 2021 donated by individuals (including those from our curated Bookshop and Amazon wishlists), businesses, publishers, authors, and book drives.
- We welcomed back new and veteran volunteers in the middle of February 2021 to help us count and sort book donations, and stock our shelves for easy browsing.
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!