Where to donate Childrens Books

Where to donate Children's Books

In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books to children is one book for every 300 children, far below the ratio of 13 books per child in middle- and upper-income neighborhoods.

Studies show children need daily at-home experiences with books to increase their exposure to the written word, literature, and a variety of informational topics, concepts, vocabulary, and cultures.  

The development of early literacy skills through early experiences with books and stories is directly linked to a child's success in learning to read.

With nearly one in five urban preschoolers living below the federal poverty level, the need for books is huge.

We have put together this list of charitable organizations that promote children’s literacy and provide books for children in our local communities as well as around the world.


Better World Books

It’s so easy; find one of their handy book drop boxes at a location near you and donate your books. Every book you drop off will be put to good use. Books are sold online to help raise funds for non-profit literacy organizations changing the world through teaching kids, supporting families, building schools and filling libraries.


Little Free Library

Give back locally with Little Free Library. Little Free Library began as a small idea in a small Wisconsin city; as a tribute to his mother’s love of reading, a schoolteacher’s grown son built a model of a schoolhouse, filled it with books, and mounted it in front of his house for neighbors to exchange reading materials. Following a motto of “Take a book. Leave a book.,” the concept spread across the midwest and beyond. Today, there are over 25,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and over 70 countries. You can donate or build your own!


Reader to Reader

Reader to Reader, Inc. is a charity dedicated to bringing books, free of charge, to under-resourced school libraries and public libraries across the United States.


Milk and Bookies

Milk and Bookies is a nationwide charitable organization that gets books into the hands of thousands of children who need them. You can also host a “book-raiser,” where children are invited to choose, inscribe and donate books to their local peers in need and want of appropriate reading material.


First Book

Since 1992, First Book has provided over 120 million new books to children in low-income areas. In addition to donating new books directly to schools, the nonprofit created First Book Marketplace, a self-sustaining program that makes learning materials available to educators and program leaders at more affordable prices. Additionally, the First Book National Book Bank is the largest clearinghouse for new books donated by publishers in the U.S.


Reach out and Read

Reach Out and Read is dedicated to making literacy part of children’s doctor visits. Partnering with thousands of medical professionals across all 50 states, the nonprofit works to incorporate children’s books and advice to parents about the importance of reading out loud into kids’ check-ups.


Room to Read

Collaborating with local communities and governments in developing countries, Room to Read focuses on literacy and gender equality in education. The nonprofit works with local villages to build schools and libraries filled with children’s books across South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Additionally, Room to Read develops programs to support girls and encourage them to pursue an education.


Book Aid International

Distributing books to libraries, schools, hospitals, prisons, refugee camps and rural communities, Book Aid International works to encourage literacy and access to reading materials in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Since its founding in 1954, the NGO has sent roughly 30 million books to underserved areas.


Books for Africa

Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 35 million books to 49 different countries ...

BFA collects, sorts, ships and distributes books to communities all over Africa in 40-foot sea containers of about 22,000 books. Recipient organizations distribute the books to the schools and community libraries that need them most across the continent.



1. Handbook of Early Literacy Research 2006