Organize a Book Drive

People are happy to help children who need books by donating new and like-new books that have been outgrown. Our supporters conduct drives that bring in anywhere from 100 to 5,000 books.

In-Person Drive

  • Select a particular period of time – from a week to a month – to hold the drive and coordinate with the organization, school, or business where it will be held.
  • Notify your community a few weeks in advance about the drive through social media, newsletters, email, flyers, posters — whatever works best for your book donors. Include your contact information, locations of collection bins, and the beginning and end dates of your drive.
  • Let donors know you’ll be collecting new and like-new children’s books to promote literacy in your local community. The Children’s Book Project distributes over 10,000 free books every month to children who need them.
  • Review our donation guidelines at Give Books, and be sure to stress that we need children’s books in new and like-new condition. We cannot use: textbooks; encyclopedias; library discards; moldy, torn, smelly, or obsolete books; and books for adults.
  • Provide large, sturdy, and well-marked collection bin(s) in an accessible and protected location.
  • Give frequent updates on how the drive is progressing to encourage more donations before your deadline.
  • When your drive is over, make an appointment at Give Books to drop off your donation at our Book Bank  — we’ll be happy to give you a brief tour and you can get pictures to share with your community of where their books are going! Or ship your books to our mailing address below, with information about your drive.

Online Drive

  • Communicate with your community a few weeks in advance about your children’s book drive through social media. Include links to our bookshop.org or amazon.com wishlists at Give Books, along with the beginning and end dates for your drive.
  • Let donors know you’ll be collecting new children’s books to promote literacy in your local community. The Children’s Book Project distributes over 10,000 free books every month to children who need them.
  • If you are located in the Bay Area, consider having the books delievered to your home or business so you can directly track how your drive is going. (On the receiving end of these shipments, their notification slips are so haphazard that we can’t know where every book comes from.) You can make an appointment when your drive is over at Give Books to drop off your donation at our Book Bank  — we’ll be happy to give you a brief tour and you can get pictures to share with your community of where their books are going!
  • Give frequent updates on how the drive is progressing to encourage more donations before your deadline.

Feel free to contact us for further support.