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

$50,000 Donor Match through Year’s End

We’re thrilled to announce that a group of anonymous benefactors will match every dollar up to $50,000 that we receive through the end of the year. Your generous tax-deductible gift will go twice as far to help us continue to offer free books to children who need them for equity in literacy, learning, and life. Thank you for your support of our mission!

2021 by the Numbers

November 2020…

…November 2021

1 year ago, we relocated our Book Bank to the Bayview District in San Francisco, and ever since are thriving and working better than ever to get books to children who need them most:

4 programs to meet community needs: Read Aloud for early literacy; Second Reading for public access; Teen Ambassador for student community service; and the Book Bank for all our clients, donors, and volunteers

18 counties served in California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Lake, Madera, Marin, Merced, Plumas, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo

29 years of continuous service since our founding in 1992

440+ volunteer hours to help process donated books

1080+ services rendered to clients working with low-income children in Title 1 schools, public housing, Boys and Girls Clubs, Head Start programs, shelters, public health clinics, and many other organizations

120,000+ free books given away for children who need books for equity in literacy, learning, and life

160,000+ books received — the most ever in our history! — from individuals, businesses, publishers, authors, and book drives (including many from our wishlists at and

…and when you donate through the end of the year, up to $50,000 in donations will be matched by a group of anonymous benefactors!

We rely on your support of our mission to keep going strong into our 30th year and beyond. Thank you!

Giving Season at Folio Books

We’re grateful for the longtime support of independent Noe Valley bookseller Folio Books! Check out our curated Giving Tree wishlist in-store and at through the end of the holiday season. Your purchase from the Giving Tree helps us give new, in-demand titles to kids who need more access to books of their own.

And another reason to mark your calendar: on Giving Tuesday November 30, 15% of any in-store purchases (including gift certificates!) will benefit the Children’s Book Project — or shop online from November 24–30, when all purchases via using coupon code: CBP2021 are included in the Giving Tuesday fundraiser.

3957 24th Street, San Francisco

Now through the end of 2021, every dollar donated up to $50,000 will be matched by a group of anonymous benefactors!

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.

Please mark your calendar: We’re closed for Winter Break 12/17/2021–1/2/2022.

Our Clients

…and many more!

Our Supporters

…and many more! 




so far in 2021



so far in 2021



so far in 2021