Where to Donate Childrens Books in Your Community

Donate Childrens BooksIt might be time to part with your (or your kids) copy of the Bernstein Bears and Dr. Suess’s Green Eggs and Ham. If you can donate childrens books, there are tons of great recipients! If you’re in Chicago, use Zealous Good to submit your donation and we’ll get requests for the donated childrens books sent directly to your inbox.

If you’re not in Chicago, here are some ideas of organizations that could benefit from your childrens book donation and how to find them.

Community Centers

Community Centers are the backbone of many neighborhoods. They allow kids and families a place to gather, to study, to learn, and to connect. Because they provide so many services their needs are also great. Kids often find these community centers to be their second homes and books provide an easy way to learn and be entertained.

Your city might have a good list of Community Centers on their website or you can always Google “Community Center”. 

Youth Organization

From after school programs to nursery and day care to helping kids with health issues or special needs, there are tons of youth organizations doing great work. When you donate childrens books, you provide an escape for some kids and an adventure for others.

You’ll find that there are tons of kid focused charities in your community. Ask around as some friends might have volunteered and had great experiences. Or, you can see this Wikipedia page for some national and international youth organizations.


Schools need books! This may be quite obvious, but elementary schools can benefit from your childrens book donations. Think of how your books could be a great addition to the school library or classroom!

For school donations, you can reach out to the vice principal, the local PTA, or swing by the school and ask who would be best to contact about the donation.

Again, if you’re in the Chicago area, check out Zealous Good for where to donate childrens books. Click here to submit your donation and we’ll find a charity that can benefit.

Brittany Martin Graunke is the founder of Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Brittany on Google+ or on Twitter at @ZealousBrittany. You can find Zealous Good on Facebook and Zealous Good on Twitter at @ZealousGood.

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