The Need for Books
Birth to Three
Preschool Ages 3-5
K through Grade 1
Grades 2-8

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Monday 8:30am-12:30pm and 6-8pm (call to confirm)
Tuesday 9am-6pm (call to confirm after 4:30pm)
Wednesday 9am-4:30pm
Thursday 9am-4:30pm
Saturday 9am-2pm

Please note we are closed on Friday and Sunday.

Ph: (503) 616-3981


The Need for Books

Children living in poverty often enter kindergarten lacking the foundational skills critical for learning to read.


A child from a low-income family enters first grade with an average of only 25 hours of one-to-one picture book reading, compared with 1,000 to 1,700 hours for a child from a typical middle-class home.  

Studies show children need daily at-home experiences with books to increase their exposure to the written word, literature, and a variety of informational topics, concepts, and vocabulary.  

The development of early literacy skills through early experiences with books and stories is directly linked to a child's success in learning to read.

The harsh reality is that two thirds of low-income families own no books for their children.

With nearly one in five urban preschoolers living below the federal poverty level, the need for books is huge.  

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Mailing Address
The Children’s Book Bank
2680 SW Ravensview Drive
Portland, OR 97201
The Children's Book Bank
1728 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97232

(503) 616-3981

General Inquiries: info@childrensbookbank.org
Executive Director: danis@childrensbookbank.org
EIN: 26-1600475

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