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The First Book National Book Bank

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Access to free books for schools and programs serving children in need

Select FREE books and resources from the First Book National Book Bank. The First Book National Book Bank distributes millions of new books, donated by our publishing partners, to educators and programs around the country who are registered with First Book. The books themselves are free. You pay only for shipping and handling.

  • Great for limited budget and high quantity needs
  • Ideal for educators and programs with greater flexibility around content
  • Available in carton quantity only
  • Perfect for developing a love of reading
  • Fast and convenient ordering

How it works

  1. Sign up with First Book! Anyone who works at a Title I school or program serving at least 70% kids from low-income families is eligible.
  2. Browse the First Book National Book Bank to order cartons of books and educational resources donated by our publishing partners. Donations come in throughout the year so check back frequently to see what's new.
  3. All books distributed through the National Book Bank are free! Members only pay the cost of shipping and handling, usually $0.55 to $0.75 per book.

Become a publishing partner

Publishers donating books to the First Book National Book Bank do so knowing that their gift will quickly and efficiently be channeled to programs nationwide serving children ages 0 to 18. This tax-deductible donation model also saves publishers expenses associated with processing individual donation requests. To get involved, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our Approach

Price is the #1 barrier to book ownership. Our innovative model knocks down that wall.

Our Innovative Approach

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Our Impact

First Book works with existing community programs and schools to provide an ongoing supply of new books and educational resources to children in need.

First Book's Impact

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