5 Great Places to Donate Children’s Books



Can I tell you something? Our house is overrun with children’s books.




I was a lit major. My mom works in a school library. My sister is an elementary school speech and language pathologist. We are ALL avid readers. The result? LOTS OF BOOKS.


At least once a year, we cull out the “must-keeps” and most-loved and package or baggage up a bunch of the rest. We donate them all over the place, to be honest. Tag sales and Goodwill are just the tip of the iceberg.

5 Great Places to Donate Children's Books

Here are of our favorite places to pass on our gently used children’s books:


  • The Library-- Many local libraries hold book drives where they gather donated books and then either swap or resell them within the community.
  • Preschools– There’s a preschool right in our older children’s elementary school and they love donating old favorites to the younger kids in their school.
  • Doctors’ Offices– Doctors and dentists almost always have children’s books in their waiting and exam rooms. Those books? Take a beating! Our pediatrician and dentist are always so very grateful to have our donated cast-offs and we love the idea that we’re helping entertain lots of kiddos. Our own children have always loved looking at books at doctors’ offices!
  • Friends– We have friends with younger children and, often, they do not have such huge quantities of books yet. It’s fun to pass on some great reads for them to share with their little ones.
  • Ronald McDonald House– After having lived in one for a hundred nights, we have a soft spot for the Ronald McDonald House. The one we stayed at? Had its own library. It was so wonderful to be able to scan the shelves and borrow some books during our stay. They can always use more books.


Having too many books is a really good problem to have! It is my sincere wish that all children would have plenty of books around them and abundant opportunities to read and hear stories. The library is such a spectacular resource, but there IS something to be said for having at least a few books that are really and truly yours.

Cheerios thinks so, too. This year, Cheerios is celebrating the 12th Anniversary of their commitment to literacy through such programs as Cheerios Cheer On Reading and Spoonfuls of Stories™. Cheerios created the program in 2003 to help get books into kids’ hands and encourage parents and kids to read together.


This year’s book offerings from Cheerios – all by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing – are:

  • “That’s What I’d Do” by Jewel
  • “Bear Says Thanks” by Karma Wilson
  • “1-2-3 Peas” by Keith Baker
  • “Chicks Run Wild” by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
  • “Please, Baby Please” by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee
  • …and returning favorite “Jump!” by Scott M. Fischer


And for the second year in a row, Cheerios will also feature a chapter book for older readers inside specially-marked boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios. This year’s book, “Phineas L. MacGuire…Gets Cooking,” was written for exclusive release in Cheerios boxes by Frances O’Roark Dowell, author of the “Phineas” series. The book is written in three parts so there are three to collect.


I’m pretty excited about that chapter book option, since I have two children who are solidly in the “chapter book camp” now.


We were provided with a box of Cheerios containing a copy of  “1-2-3 Peas” by Keith Baker, which was a fun little story. What made it even more fun for my four-year-old were the activities available at www.cheerios.com/cheer-on-reading that correspond with the book.

Cheerios Cheer On Reading Program


So cute, right? She had a blast working through the challenges and puzzles.  I love activities that deepen the literary experience.


Look for specially-marked packages of original Cheerios, Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter, Chocolate Cheerios, and Apple Cinnamon Cheerios for in-pack storybooks for children ages 2 to 8 years-old, specially printed in both English and Spanish. 


Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.
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6 comments to 5 Great Places to Donate Children’s Books

  • Laraba

    We’ve always donated our extra books to our library, and I was surprised and disappointed to be told a few months ago that they are no longer accepting book donations at our local library. Strange!

    So I’ll consider those other options. Goodwill will take them and that is simple, but I like the doctor office idea…

  • Andrea

    I know as a kindergarten teacher at an urban poverty stricken school id love to be able to get more books in my students hands, most of who don’t have any books of their own

  • Cheryl

    Most Elementary Classroom teachers would LOVE to have them as well. If your child’s teacher doesn’t want them, I’m willing to bet there is another/newer teacher that would. Teacher’s have to maintain a classroom library and that all comes out of their pocket.
    Most picture books are suitable for any elementary classroom. They are generally at a very high reading level.

    • Great point, Cheryl! And you’re totally right about the reading level. I’m always amazed when parents think picture books are “too easy” for their first graders to read– they’re actually much harder than the early readers! :)

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