Please donate your children’s old books

WE’D LOVE YOUR CHILDREN’S BOOKS!

We love to receive books that families have grown out of. Click on the map below for details of our drop off points across the UK and how to donate the books your children have grown out of. If you are based at a school or organisation that would like to run a Book Drive on our behalf, please contact tracy@childrensbookproject.co.uk.

 

How to donate

We love to receive books that families have grown out of. Click on the map below for details of our drop off points across the UK and how to donate.

Please note that the condition of books donated is very important. We cannot accept old or tatty books since these are not suitable to gift onwards to another child. Please also note the ages of the children at the drop off point you have identified since your books will be gifted to that community.

 

What are we looking for?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept:

  • textbooks or revision books
  • religious texts
  • encyclopaedias
  • DVDs or CDs
  • torn, scribbled or dirty books
  • ex library books or ex reading schemes
 

Hold a Book Drive

If you are based at a school or organisation that would like to run a Book Drive on our behalf, please contact tracy@childrensbookproject.co.uk.

A Book Drive is an invitation for members of your school or wider community to bring in any children’s books that their family has grown out of. In our experience, families welcome the opportunity to make space and are glad to know that their books will find new homes. The most impactful school Book Drives are usually held over two consecutive mornings and invite families to bring books in at morning drop off. Promotion via the newsletter, posters around school, parent reps and in assembly all help generate momentum.

If you choose to run a Book Drive on our behalf, we will gladly help in any way we can, including support with planning, resources, book collection and if applicable, giving an assembly or presentation. Every organisation that collects books on our behalf will receive a certificate to thank them for their support.

Within the M25 we are usually able to collect books from your school. These are then sorted prior to gifting onwards to our target schools. Outside London we ask donor communities to sort and box donated books prior to delivering them to a local recipient school. Guidance is provided below. We are also very happy to answer any questions.

Please feel free to download and adapt any of the following resources to help promote your Book Drive.

Book Drive guidance and instructions

Book sorting guide

Newsletter text

Children’s Book Project logo

Book Drive poster zip file

Primary and secondary schools may wish to reference their support for the Children’s Book Project within their Eco-Schools Green Flag application or renewal:
https://www.eco-schools.org.uk/primary-pathway/seven-steps/action-plan/

Independent schools may wish to upload details of their support to the Schools Together case study website:
https://www.schoolstogether.org/partnership-map/