Working with Advisory Boards

If your school or program is registered with First Book and at least 70 percent of the children you serve are from low-income families, you may be eligible for a book grant from a local First Book Advisory Board.

Advisory Board volunteers use applications and eligibility criteria established by First Book to award book grants to eligible programs at least once per year. Programs are able to use their grants to select at least four books for each child they serve from the First Book Marketplace. The books are incorporated into lessons and given to the children to take home and keep.

Apply for an Advisory Board book grant in three easy steps:

  1. Register with First Book if you have not already done so.
  2. Find an Advisory Board in your community and e-mail the board directly to inquire about upcoming grant cycles. Please only contact an Advisory Board if you are in their immediate area. Boards are not able to consider grant applications from programs outside of their city or geographic area of service.
  3. Complete and submit the application that you receive from the Advisory Board.

If your local Advisory Board is not accepting grant applications, or there is not yet an Advisory Board in your community, registered groups can still access other First Book programs:

First Book Marketplace

First Book's award-winning online site sells high-quality children’s books and educational materials at deeply reduced prices to community programs and schools serving children in need. First Book Marketplace

First Book National Book Bank

The First Book National Book Bank is an online book-distribution system that channels large-scale donations of new books from publishing companies to community programs where at least 80 percent of the children served are from low-income families. First Book National Book Bank

For general inquiries about how to receive books, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 866-393-1222.