Great Big Book Drive

Join us through April 30th in supporting our youngest learners!


Donate books for children birth to
age five at your nearest PNC Bank branch.

Donate New and Gently Used Children's Books

PNC is celebrating the 15th anniversary of our flagship philanthropic program, PNC Grow Up Great. As part of the celebration, we are launching the Great Big Book Drive across our markets and inviting our employees, customers, and communities to play a tangible role in helping young children succeed.

book donation bin

Every PNC branch will hold a Great Big Book Drive to collect donations of new and gently used books for children birth to age 5.

Donated books will be distributed to early learning organizations across PNC communities.

Just look for the book donation bins that will be available at every PNC Bank branch.

Book Ideas

Suggestions to help you choose inspiring, age-appropriate books

Download tips & book suggestions

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Drop off your new or gently used children’s books at a PNC Bank branch

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Tips and Suggestions for Children’s Book Donations

Tips for Selecting Age-Appropriate Books

Tips and book suggestions, developed in partnership with Dr. Barbara A. Wasik, Temple University.

For children birth to age 3, select books that:

  • Have brightly colored pictures that are attractive to young children 
  • Have simple text (4-5 words per page) 
  • Have rhymes 
  • Contain pictures of objects in their world, such as people, clothing, food or animals 
  • Lend themselves to interacting with children 
  • Are durable such as board books and cloth books

Book suggestions for children birth to age 3


For children ages 4 and 5, select books that:

  • Have brightly colored pictures that are attractive to young children
  • Have lots of action and repetition of words and phrases
  • Have rhyming and rhythm and funny words
  • Include text that can be read in 5 – 10 minutes (about 20 words per page)
  • Tell a story OR provide real-life information
  • Engage children by making them laugh or piquing their curiosity

Book suggestions for children ages 4 and 5

Book suggestions for birth to 3-year-olds

  • Baby Faces, by Margaret Miller
  • Bears, by Ruth Krauss
  • Big Red Barn, by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?, by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle
  • The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss
  • Dear Zoo, by Rod Campbell
  • Goodnight, Gorilla, Peggy Rathmann
  • Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Families, by Rena D. Grossman
  • Freight Train, Donald Crews
  • Full, Full, Full of Love, by Trish Cooke
  • Moo, Baa, La La La!, by Sandra Boynton
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, by Dr. Seuss
  • My Farm Friends, by Wendell Minor • My Very First Book of Food, by Eric Carle
  • The Napping House, by Audrey Wood
  • On the Night You Were Born, by Nancy Tillman
  • Pat the Bunny, by ‎Dorothy Kunhardt
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, by Mem Fox
  • Time for Bed, by Mem Fox
  • Toes, Ears, & Nose!, by Marion Dane Bauer
  • Trucks, by Byron Barton
  • Where is Baby’s Belly Button?, by Karen Katz
  • Where’s Spot?, by Eric Hill

Book suggestions for 4- and 5-year-olds

  • Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson 
  • Bear Wants More, by Karma Wilson 
  • Bread, Bread, Bread, by Ann Morris
  • Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • A Chair for My Mother, by Vera B. Williams 
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Corduroy, by Don Freeman 
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems 
  • Feast for Ten, by Cathryn FalwellFrom Seed to Plant, by Gail Gibbons
  • Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
  • Harry the Dirty Dog, by Gene Zion 
  • The Hat, by Jan Brett 
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Joffe Numeroff 
  • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Kevin Henkes 
  • The Mitten, by Jan Brett 
  • Pete the Cat series, by James Dean 
  • Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert 
  • The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister 
  • Sheep in a Jeep, by Nancy Shaw 
  • The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Swimmy, by Leo Lionni 
  • Ten, Nine, Eight, by Molly Bang 
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff, by Paul Galdone
  • The Very Busy Spider, by Eric Carle
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle 
  • Why Should I Recycle?, by Jen Green

Important Legal Disclosures & Information

The tips and book suggestions contained in this material are recommendations and are provided for general information purposes only.  PNC does not guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of the information contained herein. Your reliance on the information is at your own risk and you should make your own determination whether the information is suitable for your use.  PNC has no sponsorship or endorsement agreement with the authors or publishers of the books listed and receives no compensation in connection with their inclusion in this material.