Who We Are

The Children’s Book Bank is a charitable organization that provides free, gently used books to children in low-income neighbourhoods in the Toronto area. With its one of a kind storefront and through community partners, The Children’s Book Bank gives children a chance to build their own treasured libraries and to develop a lifelong love of reading.  The safe and welcoming environment proves customers with a sense of community and a place of imagination, dreams and possibilities.

Studies have shown that book ownership in childhood enhances both early childhood literacy and later academic success.  Unfortunately, many low-income families do not have the resources to purchase books for their children. At the same time, many families find that they have books that their children have outgrown or publishers and retailers have books that they cannot use.  The Children’s Book Bank connects demand and supply and provides children from low-income families with the tools that they need to develop and build their literacy. The Children’s Book Bank makes book ownership available to all children, regardless of family income.