Finding Free Books for the Classroom
These organizations provide print and online books to qualifying schools and students.
Free or low cost books
- First Book
First Book is a non-profit that provides new books and educational resourcesto schools and programs serving children in need, from birth to age 18. The benefits of registering with First Book include free books from the First Book National Book Bank, low cost books and resources from the First Book Marketplace at 50-90% off retail price, and potential funding from First Book's corporate partners and generous donors.
Literacy Empowerment Foundation
LEF's Reading Resource Project offers free books to recipients who can pay shipping, handling, and administrative costs ($88.00 per set of 100 books). 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.
Little Free Library
A Little Free Library is a a book or bring a book to share!
Free Books to Read Online
International Children's Digital Library (ICDL)
The non-profit International Children's Digital Library identifies exemplary books that help children to understand the world around them and the global society in which they live and makes them freely available on the Internet.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress' selection of digitized books includes illustrated children's classics for readers of all ages.
Free Audiobooks and Video Read Alouds
Librophile offers a simple interface for finding completely legal free audiobooks and eBooks.
Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 format.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can enjoy favorite stories, such as The Kissing Hand, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Stellaluna.
Book Distribution Programs
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a unique book gifting program that mails a brand new, age-appropriate book to enrolled children every month from birth until five years of age, creating a home library of up to 60 books and instilling a love of books and reading from an early age. The cost of the books and the mailing is typically financed by community businesses, school districts, civic organizations, individuals, or local government.
Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that trains and supports medical providers who give books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud at well-child exams.
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)
RIF’s flagship Books for Ownership program ensures that kids living in poverty have access to new, free books of their choice and participate in reading motivation activities.
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