Book Donation Update: Bernie’s Book Bank (Lake Bluff Processing Center) is open on select days for book drop, see full Book Drop Days schedule. Many book drop locations have re-opened, find a book drop location near you. Additionally, we’re hosting Pop-Up Book Drives throughout the Chicagoland area. Learn more.

Why donate your children’s books to Bernie’s Book Bank?

  • We don’t give children one book or two books. We give them entire libraries of books. So every ONE book donated becomes part of TWELVE books per year for 12 years.
  • The children’s books you donate to Bernie’s Book Bank become part of a long-term, sustainable effort aimed at providing children with quality, progressive levels of books.
  • The children’s books you donate are processed by our volunteers and delivered directly into the hands of under-served children to take home and enjoy forever.
  • The sourcing, processing and distribution of gently used, outgrown and new children’s books to those in need is our only focus!

Need a receipt for books you donated at a book drop location? Receive one here. 

Donate Children's Books

Bernie’s Book Bank accepts new and gently used children’s books (birth-6th grade reading level). Learn more about what books we can and cannot accept. 

Yesterday my kids received free books from your foundation and they were very thrilled. They began reading on the way home. I simply would like to express my sincere gratitude for your great deed. Sometimes as parents we have money issues and can’t purchase from places like “scholastics” and it was great to see them so happy with their books.

A Greenbriar School Parent

Every child should be able to read their way to a better life.