Who We Are
The Children’s Book Bank provides free books and literacy support to children living in low-income neighborhoods across Toronto. Since 2008, the Book Bank has operated a beautiful storefront space located in the Regent Park/St. James Town neighborhood which welcomes school and camp groups as well as families and their children to listen to stories, browse our collection, and choose a favorite book to take home to keep.
The Book Bank has expanded its reach and now provides additional books and literacy materials through community centres, schools, and health clinics in low-income neighbourhoods throughout the city.
In 2016, The Children’s Book Bank gave away 120,000 donated books.
What We Do
The Children’s Book Bank collects gently used children’s books from families who have finished with them and from publishers and retailers who cannot use them and distributes them through our storefront and across the city of Toronto.
A visit to The Children’s Book Bank is much like a visit to a favourite children’s bookstore, except that the books are free of charge. The Children’s Book Bank has a large inventory of beautiful books suitable for children from birth to age twelve. Families are welcome to visit as often as they wish and every child (and accompanying caregiver) can take and keep one book every day. The Children’s Book Bank is staffed by child literacy experts who assist the customers in selecting appropriate books and who provide advice.
The Children’s Book Bank also offers a variety of literacy support programs.
Why We Matter
Now that you know who we are and what we do, here’s why it matters.