About Us

Our Mission

The Children’s Book Project was founded to give books to children who need them for equity in literacy, learning, and life. Since 1992, we have given away almost 3 million books for children in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Our Staff 

Alexander Braunstein, Book Hauler
Melanie Mickelson, Read Aloud Director 
Kathleen Wydler, Book Bank Manager

Board of Directors

Risa Schwartz, President
Annelise Goldberg, Treasurer
Catherine Weiser, Secretary
Sam Wilson, Controller

Owen Linderholm
Robert Lord
Maureen McCarthy
Melanie Mickelson
Cambria Minott
Cassandra Perkins

Vicki Pollack, Founder & Director Emerita

Our Story

The Children’s Book Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that gives free books to children who need them for equity in literacy, learning, and life. Research shows that children who grow up with books have better literacy, numeracy, and technological outcomes than their peers who don’t. Studies also show that reading aloud to children actually helps their brain development. However, many children in the greater San Francisco Bay Area have few or no books of their own, and attend schools and programs where high quality books are in short supply. Encouraging reading is not enough when families do not have equal access to books.

We collect donations of new and gently used books for children of all ages, from infants to teens. At our Book Bank, we sort and display books according to subject matter and reading level. Teachers, caseworkers, and other staff of organizations who work with under-resourced children visit our Book Bank and select the books they need for the children they serve, many of whom have never owned a book. Learn how to give books, how to get books, and other ways to support us.