BOOK BANK CLOSED to the public as San Francisco stays at home; we’re working harder than ever to ensure reading-rich environments for our most vulnerable children.

Give Books

Dear Children’s Book Project,

We love all the books you gave us. Everyone enjoys the books in our class. Thank you for all the books!


Third grader

Children's Book Project

The gift of culturally inclusive books in new or excellent condition make children who need books feel valued. We welcome donations of new and gently used books for children ages 0-18, especially:

  • books featuring characters of color
  • board books
  • beginning readers
  • early chapter books
  • books in Spanish or Chinese (all ages)
  • graphic novels  

Due to limited storage space and time, we can’t accept:     

  • dirty, dusty, wet, chewed, ripped, bent, folded, written in, moldering, or mildewed books
  • nonfiction over ten years old 
  • vintage or obsolete books
  • library discards
  • textbooks and curriculum materials
  • encyclopedias
  • audio cassettes and VHS tapes
  • religious books 

Educators and other staff who serve economically disadvantaged children get the books they need from our Book Bank. Keeping this in mind as you gather books for donation, please understand that if a book is old, broken, dirty, or otherwise unlikely to be selected from our shelves, it must still be counted and sorted by our hard-working volunteers. Please recycle books no one can use at home, and donate those we don’t accept to another charity. Thank you for helping us use our limited resources effectively!

Book Bank Drop-off

Schedule an appointment to drop off children’s books at our NEW! Book Bank at 2166 Palou Avenue, San Francisco CA 94124.  Appointments are available Monday through Thursday.

Please review our guidelines above about the kinds of books we accept before booking your appointment, and click the yellow button to book now!



Donate new books directly from our curated wishlist at our Bookshop and support local, independent booksellers at the same time! 

Or shop our Amazon Wishlist—and join AmazonSmile to designate .5% of all your purchases to the Children’s Book Project.  


Book Bags  

Drop off your donation of 50 or fewer high demand books at any of our blue Book Bag collection stand locations (availability may vary during COVID):  

Alexander Book Company 50 Second Street
Books Inc 3515 California Street
Books Inc 2251 Chestnut Street
Charlie’s Corner 4102 24th Street
Folio Books 3957 24th Street
Mission Neighborhood Health Center 240 Shotwell Street
Noe Valley Pediatrics 3700 24th Street
Progressive Grounds 400 Cortland Avenue
Umpqua Bank  415 De Haro Street  

Bagel Street Cafe 254 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City
Mollieland at Mollie Stone’s, 49 42nd Avenue, San Mateo    

Tay Tah Cafe 1182 Solano Ave, Albany

Pick Up   

Contact us to arrange pick up for donations of 150+ books within San Francisco or for larger donations in the greater Bay Area.


Ship books to our mailing address:   

Children’s Book Project
3433 21st Street
San Francisco CA 94110  


Other Ways To Contribute    

Organize a book drive!    


Donate to our cause!