The Children’s Book Bank provides free books and literacy support to children and families in high-needs neighbourhoods across the GTA. Since 2008, the Book Bank has operated a beautiful storefront space located in the Regent Park/St. James Town area, welcoming school, daycare and school groups, as well as families and their children to listen to stories, browse our collection, and choose a favourite book to take home to keep.
The Book Bank also provides books and literacy materials through community centres, schools, health clinics and social agencies throughout the city. Since opening, The Children’s Book Bank has given away over 1 million free books.
Our staff, volunteers, community partners and supporters form an ever-widening web of people who share a love of books and reading, and work in different and valued ways to support the Book Bank's mission.
Beyond gathering and giving away gently used and new books, The Children’s Book Bank’s impact continues to expand by utilizing our inventory to support enhanced literary programming both at our storefront and with our various community partners.