Please donate your children’s old 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. If you are based at a school or organisation that would like to run a Book Drive on our behalf, please contact

Where possible we give books that reflect targeted children’s interests and reading needs. They may want baby books for a mother and baby group, books for young readers, books for boys or something completely different. Receiving donations of books for all ages and interests helps us to match these with a child.

How to donate

We love to receive any volume of books from families and have drop off points across the UK. Please note that the condition of books donated is very important to us. We cannot accept old or tatty books since these are not suitable to gift onwards to another child.

  1. Search the map above for a convenient location
  2. Click the ‘Register to Donate’ link
  3. Complete the very short form to register your donation and receive further detail.

What are we looking for?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept:

  • textbooks or revision books
  • religious texts
  • encyclopaedias
  • DVDs or CDs
  • torn, scribbled or dirty books

Hold a Book Drive

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.

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

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:

Independent schools may wish to upload details of their support to the Schools Together case study website: