Children's Book Donations

A mother and daughter read together at our Open Door Preschool.

Thanks to our donors, the literacy council puts more than 10,000 free books directly into the hands of low-income children and families each year! We appreciate donations of new and gently-used children's books that meet the guidelines below.

We gratefully accept new and gently-used:

  • Bilingual and multicultural children's books
  • Board books for early readers and preschool children
  • Picture books
  • Easy chapter books (up to a 3rd grade reading level)
  • Middle grades chapter books (up to a 6th grade reading level)

Due to program policies and space limitations, we cannot accept:

  • Adult and young adult fiction or non-fiction
  • Damaged books, including those with tears, large marks, water damage or broken spines
  • Instructional materials, including teacher guides and textbooks
  • Religious or holiday-themed books

Why books?

Studies have shown that being read to as a child and having books in the home are two very important factors in a child's future academic success. Sadly, the majority of low-income families have no children's books at home.

How to donate your books

  1. Plan ahead. Before you make your donation, please contact Julia at or 651-251-9059 to make an appointment to drop off your books. This ensures we have space and staff available to receive you and your donation. Generally, books can be delivered to our main office in St. Paul Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  2. Consider volunteering to process donated books. Because of the volume of donations received, we have a great need for help with processing book donations, particularly during the winter and early spring months. This is a great one-time or short-term volunteer opportunity for families or groups. Contact Julia at or 651-251-9059 for more information.