March 2nd is Read Across America Day- also known as Dr. Suess Day! It’s a day designated to help celebrate young readers and encourage them to continue on their reading journey.

This year the National Education Association is celebrating Read Across America Day all year round with tools and resources that promote reading daily.

If you want to participate, but need help finding books for your students on a tight budget, here is a short list of free & low-cost books for your classroom.

5 Free & Low-Cost Book Websites:


First Book – is a non-profit organization for children in need. The First Book Marketplace offers thousands of brand new resources at 50-90 percent off retail price including books, school supplies, e-devices, teacher resources, games, and other educational materials.


WNDB in the Classroom – provides free, diverse books to low-income schools around the country.


Epic! – has over 35,000 eBooks, Learning Videos, Quizzes, and more for K-5- all available on their website for free!


Open Library – is a non-profit internet archive for books for adults and children. The website offers over 20,000 different free ebooks for children.


Literacy Empowerment Foundation – assists educational programs by providing inexpensive books. Recipients get free books – in sets of 100 – all they have to pay is shipping, handling, and administrative costs.


You can find the full list of free & low-cost books at 

Happy Reading!


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