Give Books

Children's Book Project

The gift of culturally 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 and that therefore just bum us out:     

  • 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, 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 you recycle books no one can 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. Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law; donation receipt provided at drop-off.


2166 Palou Avenue, San Francisco 

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


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   

You may drop off your donation of 50 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):  

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

Bagel Street Cafe 254 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City  

Tay Tah Cafe 1182 Solano Ave, Albany

Toy Crazy 2211 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur

Pick Up   

Contact us to arrange pick up for donations of 300+ 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 Get Involved     

Organize a book drive!     


Donate to our cause!