How to Donate Used Children's Books

Updated February 21, 2017

Rather than selling your used children's books at a yard sale or throwing them away, donate them to a charity or organisation that works with children. A story book is a wonderful distraction for a child in distress and you can feel good knowing your used children's books are bringing joy and comfort to a child who needs it.

Think beyond a charity resale shop such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army, and consider hospitals, police or fire brigades, or social service departments. Each of these organisations come into contact with children in distress or need to occupy children they are helping. You may also consider a small local library.

Call the charity or organisation to see if they accept used children's books and, if so, what restrictions they have on content and condition. Find out when and where the donations can be dropped off.

Go through your used children's books and make sure all pages are present and in readable condition. Make sure they also meet the organisation's standards. Pull out any books that may have special personal meaning, and make note of those that may have greater value, such as a book signed by the author or illustrator.

If you are donating to a charity and plan to take a tax deduction for your donation, you should make a list including the number of used children's books you are donating and the estimated resale value of the books.

Drop off your donations and ask for a receipt or a signature on your list of books.

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Sophie Stillwell has been writing professionally since 1992. She is published in "The Gorham Times" newspaper, "Private Colleges & Universities" magazine, on eHow and in several other publications. She has experience working as a paralegal, antiques dealer and neurobehavioral coach. Her writing topics frequently include frugal living, pets and health. Stillwell holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Southern Maine.