Oakland Mayor's Toy Drive Needs New Books!

Buy a book at your local independent bookstore to donate to an Oakland child in need of a holiday gift. While you're at it, use our shopping list for the children in your life too!

The library is partnering with the Oakland Mayor's Toy Drive to ensure that a new book is included in every gift bag.   You can help by shopping at your participating local independent bookstore.   The following stores will be selling books for the Oakland Mayor's Toy Drive. Stop by, buy a book or more and leave it with the store for donation to the Toy Drive!

Laurel Book Store 1423 Broadway

Pegasus Books Oakland, 5560 College Ave

Marcus Bookstore, 3900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Ave

EM Wolfman Books, 410 13th st

Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Ave

Walden Pond Books 3319 Grand Ave

While any new children's books are welcome, we are in particular need of diverse books for young children.  Some of our favorites are:


Global Baby Boys, by Maya Ajmera

Global Baby Girls, by Maya Ajmera 

I Am So Brave, by Stephen Krensky

I Know a Lot, by Stephen Krensky

Sparkling Princess ABC, by Lisa Perrett

Everything Goes: 123 Beep Beep Beep! A counting book, by Brian Biggs



Niño Wrestles the World, by Yuyi Morales

Rain! By Linda Ashman

This Day in June, by Gayle Pitman

Take Me Out to the Yakyu, by Aaron Meshon

Puffy: people whose hair defies gravity, by Aya de Leon

Maria Had a Little Llama, by Angela Dominguez

If I Had a Raptor, by George O’Connor

Please, Baby, Please, by Spike Lee (available in paperback)

Viva Frida, by Yuyi Morales



My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems 

Brownie and Pearl Get Dolled Up (easy reader edition- 978-1442495678), by Cynthia Rylant

Fire Truck to the Rescue! By Sonia Sander 

Ling and Ting Share a Birthday, by Grace Lin



Lowriders in Space, by Cathy Camper

Gumazing Gum Girl: Chews Your Destiny, by Rhode Montiijo

Freddie Ramos Stomps the Snow, by Jacqueline Jules

Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door, by Hilary McKay

Ellray Jakes is Magic, by Sally Warner

Luz Makes a Splash, by Claudia Davila

Dog Days, by Karen English