Book Wagon SF

We believe in books.

Our Purpose

The Book Wagon puts free books into the hands of children. After a pandemic year of closed schools, we are facing an ‘all hands-on deck’ moment. It is up to all of us to respond to this moment by promoting literacy and sharing the excitement and joy of reading with children.

We have access to high quality, culturally diverse books that we distribute around the city. Acknowledging the excellent resources of the public library and its book mobiles, we amplify this work by encouraging book ownership through the free distribution of books.

Why Books?

If a child can't read well by the end of third grade odds are that he or she may not catch up. And the effects of falling behind and feeling like a failure can be devastating. Study after study have found that the mere presence of a home library increases children's academic success, vocabulary development, attention and job attainment even more than the educational level of one’s parents.

Parks, Schools, and Neighborhood Organizations

We bring the Book Wagon to neighborhood parks and elementary schools. And we invite community organizations to reach out to us if you want more books, or want to replenish your collection. We will help make sure there is a robust library at your site for the boys and girls. If you're interested in requesting particular books for your Center, please fill out this form and we'll be in contact with you.