Teachers are a hard-working and selfless bunch, often spending their own money on supplies for their classrooms. Fortunately, there’s a way for them to stretch their budget by getting free books for their students.
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How to get free books for a school
1. National Book Bank – If you teach at a Title I school where at least 70% of the students come from low-income families, you’re eligible for free books from FirstBook.org. Publishers donate large quantities of free books on a monthly basis. The only out-of-pocket cost is shipping, which can cost up to 75 cents per book.
2. Kids Need to Read – Program requirements for Kids Need to Read include that you must serve a school population with at least 50% of children living at or below the national poverty level. There’s a rigorous applicant process but no guarantee of acceptance even if you meet the requirements.
3. Library of Congress – Through its surplus program, the Library of Congress makes a wide range of books available for free to teachers. One caveat though: You must pick the books up in person either yourself or through an authorized representative. If your school is already planning a trip to Washington, D.C., put this stop on the itinerary!
4. Reading Resource Project – An initiative from the Literacy Empowerment Foundation, the Reading Resource Project offers free softcover books for Pre-K through second grade. The only out-of-pocket cost is shipping, which is 88 cents per book.
5. Barnes & Noble: This bookseller’s Summer Reading Program rewards kids from grades one to six with a free book after they read and write about one of their existing favorite books. This program is ongoing through Sept. 5, 2017.
6. Dollar General: With the Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant, you or your school can get up to $4,000 to buy books, materials or software for literacy programs. Applications are being accepted now through May 18, 2017.
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