Mission and Goals
The Children's Book Bank provides free books and literacy support to children in Toronto's high-needs neighbourhoods.
How Your Contribution Helps
Give away tens of thousands of free books to children in Toronto's low-income neighbourhoods through our storefront and literacy partners across the city. In the last five years, we've given away over 450,000 books.
Keep our storefront in the Regent Park neighbourhood open additional hours so that local schools and daycares can book free field trips. We hosted over 250 field trips in the last school year - each trip includes a storytime reading and each student can take home a book.
Increase our storage facility space so that we can recycle more gently-used children's books from families who have outgrown their book collections. Over 95% of the books we give away come from families who donate their books to us.
"Dear Children's Book Bank,
Thank you for the wonderful books! You might not know how much I love books, but I 100% love them! When someone gives new books, my heart is filled with glory and joy! Books give me and other knowledge and adventure. We're lucky because we have books and other countries don't have books. Thanks again!"
- A grateful book owner