Give Books

Children's Book Project

The gift of culturally inclusive books in new or excellent 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 limited storage space and time, we can’t accept:     

  • dirty, dusty, wet, chewed, ripped, bent, folded, highlighted, doodled upon, written in, moldering, or mildewed books
  • nonfiction over ten years old 
  • vintage and 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 processed by our part-time staff and volunteers. Please recycle books no one else 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 Curbside Donation

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
Progressive Grounds 400 Cortland Avenue

Bagel Street Cafe 254 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City  

Tay Tah Cafe 1182 Solano Ave, Albany

Pick Up   

Contact us to arrange pick up for donations of 250+ 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!