October 9 through November 9, 2017

The book drive has concluded. Together, we collected over 20,000 books!

Thank you to all our wonderful school donor communities. See you this fall!




The Children's Book Harvest book drive is part of Portland Public School's Read Together initiative, which seeks to ensure that ALL students are reading at grade level. To help every child succeed, each fall The Children's Book Bank partners with Portland Public Schools and asks the community to donate thousands of new or gently-used children's books. Books for school-aged children are cleaned, sorted, and delivered to special book fairs at schools selected by PPS just before summer break to battle summer slide. Cleaned and sorted books for younger children are distributed directly to families through The Children's Book Bank's Multnomah County Head Start partners.



The Children's Book Harvest book drive seeks books appropriate for babies, toddlers, elementary age children and middle schoolers. Used books in good condition and new books are welcome. Please, no ex-school library books.

Multicultural books and children's books that feature children of color and books in Spanish are greatly needed. Consider donating new books that reflect the wonderful diversity of our community. Here is a list of some of our favorites.

Cash donations allow The Children's Book Bank to purchase book in Spanish and other much needed books not generally collected in the book drive. Families who wish to contribute cash to support the Children's Book Harvest may donate here.



Organize a book drive in your school! The fifth annual Children's Book Harvest has concluded, but please contact Children's Book Harvest coordinator Devani Scheidler at for more information about the 2018-2019 Children's Book Harvest or to join our school coordinator mailing list. For information about hosting a book drive in your school outside the Children's Book Harvest, please contact

The Children's Book Bank provides book drive guidelines and tips, posters, donation boxes, box labels, donation receipts, and suggestions for newsletter and social media publicity to help you host a successful book drive.  Book drive organizers find that limiting the duration to two or three weeks, providing a donation box at the school Scholastic Book Fair, and encouraging families to bring books to student conferences are all helpful in maximizing donations. Some schools organize upper grade students to lead the book drive and visit classrooms to promote the book drive to other students. Others place donation boxes in each classroom to increase visibility.

Participating Children's Book Harvest schools receive special boxes for their donations before their drive begins. Schools can use these boxes as collection boxes during the book drive and to pack donated books in for delivery to The Children's Book Bank. After the Children's Book Harvest concludes, coordinators sign up their school to arrange a book donation drop off time at The Children's Book Bank.


Helpful forms and materials:

Tips on How to Host a Successful Children's Book Harvest Book Drive

Children's Book Harvest Poster

Children's Book Harvest Flier

Children's Book Harvest Logo

Photo for promotional materials

Social Media Tips and Suggestions

Suggested Newsletter Pieces

Collection Box Sign

Collection Box Labels

Book Donation Receipt

The Children's Book Bank Overview

Video: Which books are most needed, physical condition of donated books, and how to sort and pack donated books into collection boxes for delivery.


Collecting books is just the first step!  Every donated book gets lovingly restored by volunteers who examine every page, erase scribbles, tape torn pages, and wipe covers.  1,500 hours of volunteer time goes into preparing 30,000 books for their new homes!  Is your workplace, civic group, church, or book club looking for a fun volunteer opportunity with immediate impact? Contact The Children's Book Bank to arrange a book cleaning event or register at Hands On Greater Portland for one of our volunteer sessions.

Sponsors and partners

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