Give Books

Children's Book Project

The gift of inclusive books in new or like-new condition makes children who need books feel valued. We welcome donations of new and like new books for children ages 0-18 that reflect the needs of the communities we serve, especially:

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

Due to our limited capacity, do NOT donate books or other items we can’t accept but that still take valuable time to process and are just a bummer for our hardworking team: 

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

As you gather children’s books for donation, please understand that if a book is aged, dated, broken, dirty, stored in a garage for years, or otherwise unappealing to children who need books today, we can’t offer it on our shelves but must still process it by hand. When in doubt, ask yourself, “Would I give this book to my child/grandchild/ niece/nephew for their birthday?” When you recycle books no one can reasonably use at home, and donate those we don’t accept to another charity, you help us use our limited resources to give more beautiful books to children who need them!

    Book Bank Curbside Donation

    The Book Bank runs on a shoestring with limited hours, part-time staff, and reduced volunteer hours. Your consideration of our limited resources and mindful pre-selection of books we can use at the Book Bank supports our mission and helps us most efficiently serve our clients. Review the guidelines above about the kinds of children’s books we accept, and then click the yellow button to schedule an appointment to drop off your donation at our Book Bank in San Francisco. We do not accept delivery from third-parties such as Lugg. Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law; donation receipt provided at drop-off.

    BOOK BANK

    2166 Palou Avenue, San Francisco 

    Please note our address in the Bayview, conveniently located near Highways 101 and 280— and just a block away from SCRAP!

     

    Wishlists 

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

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

     

    Book Bags   

    You may drop off your donation of 20 or fewer high-demand children’s books, as described above, at any of our blue Book Bag collection stand locations (availability may vary during COVID):  

    SAN FRANCISCO
    Alexander Book Company  50 Second Street
    Books Inc  3515 California Street
    Books Inc  2251 Chestnut Street
    Folio Books  3957 24th Street
    Just for Fun  3982 24th Street
    Mission Neighborhood Health Center  240 Shotwell Street
    Noe Valley Pediatrics  3700 24th Street

    PENINSULA
    Bagel Street Cafe  254 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City  

    EAST BAY
    Tay Tah Cafe  1182 Solano Ave, Albany

    MARIN
    Toy Crazy  2211 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur
     

    Mail/Ship  

    Ship books to our mailing address:   

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

     

    Other Ways to Get Involved     

    Organize a book drive!     

    Volunteer!    

    Donate to our cause!