Book Drive Basics

Organize a book drive in your company, organization, or community group any time of year. We provide tips, support, and advice.

  • Books needed:

    • gently used or new books appropriate for babies, toddlers, and early elementary students through middle school

    • culturally relevant books and Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin), and Somali language books - click here for a list of our favorites

  • Books we are unable to re-home: musty or damaged books, magazines, coloring books, encyclopedias, textbooks, ex-school library books, school sets, books for adults

  • Need boxes? Proper boxes protect books and backs! Click here to order inexpensive banker boxes with lids which can be delivered directly to you. By request, we can often provide a number of copier boxes with lids from our supply for your convenience.

  • Offer the option of contributing financially during your book drive. Does your company match gifts? Financial donations help us purchase new culturally relevant and home-language books. Contact us at for more information.

  • Consider a supply drive as part of your book drive. New supplies such as glue sticks, colored pencils and pens, printer paper, whole sheet labels, and art erasers are much needed! Click here for a list of needed supplies.

  • Organize a team book cleaning session as part of your book drive. Volunteering makes the book drive project more meaningful and connects your community with us in a fun way! Click here to organize your own group.

The following PDF files are for your use.  Blank spaces allow you to write in or insert a text box with your specific book drive details.  For questions or support, please contact us at

The Children’s Book Bank Book Drive Information Sheet

8 ½ x 11 Color Poster

Donation Box Sign

Photo for Promotional Materials

Our Favorite Culturally Relevant and Spanish Language Books

Video: Information about books needed, how to sort and pack your donation.