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Library Re-Opening Tip Kit: Free & Discounted books

  • First Book

  • First Book is a non-profit that provides new books and educational resources to schools and programs serving children in need, from birth to age 18. First Book Marketplace offers new, low-cost books with no shipping charges and First Book National Book Bank offers new, free books with some shipping charges). Check out these FB eligibility FAQ’s.

  • Scholastic Literacy Partnerships

  • Serves to enhance the mission of all those working directly or indirectly with children. FREE Bonus Books for every $150 spent; Discounts up to 72% off; Free S & H.

  • Books4School

  • Interstate Books4School is a supplier of Valu-Books and Tradebooks for infant through 12th grade. They are dedicated to budget-stretching prices, prompt service and speedy delivery of all orders. They have access to over 10,000,000 book titles. They sell to public and private organizations, libraries, individuals, libraries, schools, gov. ag. etc.

  • Literacy Empowerment Foundation

  • Dedicated to assisting educational programs by providing inexpensive children's books. The Reading Resource Project is an ongoing LEF program that distributes free books in sets of 100 books to literacy programs. Recipients pay shipping, handling, and administrative costs ($88 per set of 100 books). Reading levels are for preK -2nd.

Reading is Fundamental

Books for Ownership, RIF’s flagship reading program, enables children to select new, age-appropriate books to take home and own and is supported by resources for parents, educators, and local literacy advocates to create a continuous focus on reading. Cost is $3/book.

International Book Project

Promotes education and literacy while broadening Americans’ understanding of their neighbors, which they achieve by annually sending more than 300,000 books to schools, libraries, churches, and Peace Corps volunteers throughout the developing world and in the United States.

Reading Resource Project

Offers free books to recipients who can pay shipping, handling, and administrative costs. Reading Resource Project books come in sets of 100 books per set and any literacy-based effort qualifies for these books. You do not have to be a school or teacher to qualify.

Want to explore more options?

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