Share the magic of books with children in need.

Stay tuned for more details about the 2015 program.

Each year, RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) partners with the San Jose Mercury News for the Gift of Reading Children’s Book Drive, bringing the magic of books to the Bay Area children who need it most. We will gather thousands of new and like-new books. These books will go to under-served children, and to help teachers build classroom libraries for the children they teach — increasing the children’s chances at long-term academic success. These books may be the only holiday gift a child will receive, so please give new or like-new books, as you'd want your own children to receive.

Suggested Books:

We are especially in need of pre-school and elementary level books. Books in Spanish or Vietnamese are also valuable. Since they will be sorted by age group, please do not wrap them.


2014 Book Drop-off Locations

Book donations can be made at the following locations:

Bookasaurus 125 S. Murphy Avenue Sunnyvale
BookBuyers 317 Castro St. Mountain View
Books, Inc. 301 Castro Street Mountain View
Books, Inc. 855 El Camino Real Palo Alto
BookSmart 80 E. 2nd Street Morgan Hill
Christa McAuliffe School 12211 Titus Avenue Saratoga
Hicklebee's Bookstore 1378 Lincoln Avenue San Jose
Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park
Leigh's Favorite Books 121 S. Murphy Avenue Sunnyvale
Linden Tree Children's Books 265 State Street Los Altos
Los Altos Library 13 S. San Antonio Road Los Altos
Los Gatos Public Library 100 Villa Avenue Los Gatos
Milpitas Library 160 N. Main Street Milpitas
Recycle Bookstore 275 E. Campbell Campbell
Recycle Bookstore 1066 The Alameda San Jose
Resource Area For Teaching 101 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City
Resource Area For Teaching 1355 Ridder Park Drive San Jose
Resource Area For Teaching 1160 Kern Avenue Sunnyvale
Roonga Online
Santa Clara County Office of Education Learning Multimedia Center 1290 Ridder Park Drive San Jose

Donate by Check

Please make your check or money order payable to RAFT/Gift of Reading and mail to:

Gift of Reading c/o RAFT
1355 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95131


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