First Book and Little Free Library

We have some exciting news for you! We know that children’s books go quickly from Little Free Library book exchanges and that it can be challenging to keep up with the demand.

We also know that having books to read, at home and in the classroom, is the number one predictor of reading success. But the reality for millions of children from low-income families is that books are an unaffordable luxury.

That’s why Little Free Library is excited to announce a partnership with First Book.

First Book is an international non-profit social enterprise that provides access to free and low-cost new books and educational resources for those who work with children from low-income families.

As a Little Free Library steward, you may be eligible for a membership with First Book! We are thrilled to unite our book exchanges with such a great book resource for ages 0-18 and a wide array of children’s books.

Once you sign up, you will have immediate and ongoing access to free books through the First Book National Book Bank, and low-cost books through the First Book Marketplace. Anyone working with children in need can sign up.

How Do You Sign Up?

First, you need to fill out a simple online form to sign up, which is free and takes only minutes.
If you are already registered for First Book, log in and update your account information. If you need help or aren’t sure if you qualify, contact the First Book Help Team at 866-READ-NOW or

Be Sure You Have This Information On Hand!

In an effort to establish eligibility, First Book will need to collect some information when you register. You will need:

  • An estimate of how many kids you serve, their ages and languages spoken.
  • An estimate of the percentage of children served by your Little Free Library book exchange who are from low-income families. To sign up with First Book, you must be serving at least 70 percent kids in need.

Keep in mind that even if your Little Free Library book exchange is located in area that’s not considered low-income, patrons of your libraries may be. Some data you can use to determine the definition of low-income are Free and Reduced Lunch, Census poverty data, and US Department of Housing and Urban Development data.

If you are not serving 70% of kids in need, please share this invitation to those in your community who do, including Title I schools and after school programs and shelters that might not be aware of First Book. Also, be on the lookout for special book deals Little Free Library offers to all stewards.

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