SAReads Children’s Book Drive


The SAReads® Childen’s Book Drive and Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, in addition to numerous independent community book drives and donations, supply the SAReads® Book Bank with thousands of new and gently-used children and teen titles.

The Children’s Book Drive features over 50 collection locations throughout Greater Bexar County, including all YMCA of Greater San Antonio locationsall San Antonio Public Library branches, all Firstmark Credit Union branches, The Twig Book Shop and Dead Tree Books.

SAReads® receives books from business and nonprofit donors including Book Rich Environments, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boysville Thrift Store, and Half Price Books.

Members of the community host book drives for SAReads®. Contact us to host your own book drive. SAReads® will provide everything you need. 

Host an SAReads Book Drive

The SAReads® Book Bank provides books for children and their families throughout Bexar County, many of which are receiving books for the first time.  You can help by organizing an independent book drive through your school, workplace or organization.

Contact us to get started.

When planning your book drive, please review our SAReads® Book Drive Checklist and keep the below guidelines in mind:

 What We Accept

  • New or gently used books

  • Books for children in pre-school through high school. Download a guide to appropriate books for each age range.

  • Bilingual (Spanish) books

 What We Do Not Accept

  • Books in poor condition. This includes books with torn bindings, missing or torn pages, water damage, missing covers, etc.

  • Textbooks

  • Workbooks, activity books and coloring books

  • Encyclopedias & dictionaries

  • Magazines


Read frequently asked questions about the SAReads® Book Bank, donations and book requests.