Need help finding books to put into the hands of readers? Check out these resources and bring print and online books to qualifying schools and students.

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Free or low-cost 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. 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 percent off retail price, and potential funding from First Book’s corporate partners and generous donors.

WNDB in the Classroom

To help children find stories and authors that they can relate to, We Need Diverse Books’ program WNDB in the Classroom provides free diverse books to schools serving low-income students around the country. Contact for more information.

Better World Books

Better World Books receives books from libraries, booksellers, book drives, and through community Drop Boxes, and then sells what they can to raise money for literacy, donate books in good condition, and recycle the balance. Make a request to become a donation recipient.

Literacy Empowerment Foundation

LEF’s 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.

Little Free Library

A Little Free Library is a place to find a book or bring a book to share! Find Little Free Libraries in neighborhoods all over the world, all with different offerings. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share.

Free Books to Read Online


Epic! is a digital reading platform for kids 12 and under with more than 35,000 thousand high-quality and award-winning fiction and nonfiction books, audio books, and videos from 250 publishers. Epic! is completely free for teachers and librarians.

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.

Open Library

Open Library is a part of the non-profit Internet Archive and offers access to some 20,000 free titles for children, including newer titles and classics.

Free Audiobooks and Video Read Alouds

Storytime from Space

Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, which sends children’s books to the International Space Station. While in space, astronauts record themselves on video reading these books to the children of Earth and share them on the Story Time from Space website.

Storyline Online

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.


Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 format.

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.

Additional Resources

In Search of Free Books, Reading Rockets’ roundup of sources for free and low-cost books.

Where to Find Free Audiobooks and Digital Text-to-Speech Books for Your Child from Understood.