Every Fall


The Children's Book Harvest is part of Portland Public School's Read Together initiative, which seeks to ensure that ALL students are reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.  To help every child succeed, The Children's Book Bank has partnered with Portland Public Schools to ask the community to donate 30,000 new or gently-used children's books this fall.  The books will be cleaned, sorted, and delivered to students before summer break at schools specially selected by PPS.

How To Help

Donate Books

We are looking for new and used children's books that are in good condition that would be appropriate to give to babies, toddlers, elementary age children and middle-schoolers.  Books may be dropped off at participating PPS schools or at The Children’s Book Bank at 716 NE Marine Drive, Portland 97217 on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9:30am-3:30pm.    

Organize a Book Drive

Guidelines and templates have been created to help you host a successful book drive.  Upon conclusion of your book drive, we ask that you plan to deliver your neatly boxed books to our book storage & processing room at 716 NE Marine Drive, Portland 97217 on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9:30am-3:30pm.  


Purchase Books to Donate

If you'd like to shop for books to donate and are wondering what the greatest need is, please consider buying books that reflect the wonderful diversity of our community.  Children's books written in Spanish and children's books that feature children of color are most needed.  Here is a list of some of our favorites.

Organize a Volunteer Team

Is your workplace, congregation, civic club or other group looking for an opportunity for community outreach?  It's going to take about 1,500 hours of volunteer time to prepare 30,000 books for their new homes.  Every donated book gets checked over by volunteers who erase scribbles, tape torn pages, and wipe covers so that every book looks as shiny as it can.  Volunteer shifts at the Marine Drive location are 3 hours long, take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, and can easily accommodate groups of 20 to 25.  Larger volunteer groups may be arranged on request.  Volunteers must be age 15 or older.  To reserve an event time for your group,  e-mail Jennifer at or sign up through Hands On Portland. 

Tell Your Friends

We need the whole community to reach 30,000+ books!

For more information:  Please e-mail

Helpful Forms for your book drive

Sponsors and partners

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners in the Fourth Annual Children's Book Harvest!