A Book for Every Child is a collaboration between TCSD#1, the Fund for Public Education, local booksellers, community donors, and the PTOs of several local schools. Each year we provide one free book to every TCSD#1 student in grades K-8. Students choose their book from our recommended book lists, which have been specially chosen by school librarians to suit a wide range of ages, interests, and reading abilities, including titles in both English and Spanish.

How it works:

  • Teachers and librarians will be asking students to pick one free book from the recommended books list for their grade
  • The Fund for Public Education purchases those books and delivers them to local schools. Kids pick up their free book at school.
  • Families who wish to purchase additional books from the recommended reading lists should email info@fundforpubliceducation.org by April 14th with the titles you’d like to purchase. Prices for extra books are listed below.
  • Once the additional books arrive, we’ll notify families who will then pick up and pay for their books at participating local bookstores. Proceeds from these sales help support TCSD#1 school libraries.

Recommended Books:


  • We Love You, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony ($6.99)
  • Super Narwhal & Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton ($7.99)
  • Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith ($7.99)
  • Snowy Day by Ezra by Ezra Jack Keats ($7.99)
  • Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein ($7.99)
  • The Spring Book by Todd Parr ($13.99)
  • My First Book of Planets by Bruce Betts ($6.99)
  • Te Amamos, Sr. Panda by Steve Antony ($6.99 – Spanish)
  • El Conejito Knuffle by Mo Willems ($7.99 – Spanish)
  • Hogar by Carson Ellis ($7.99 – Spanish)


  • Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez ($6.99)
  • Unicorn Rescue (Book 1) by Adam Gidwitz ($7.99)
  • Solar System for Kids by Hilary Statum ($8.99)
  • Legends of Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke ($12.99)
  • Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies ($7.99)
  • Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland ($7.99)
  • The Last Resort Oasis (Geronimo Stilton #77) by Geronimo Stilton ($7.99)
  • Schomburg: El hombre que creó una bibliotecha by Carole Weatherford ($9.99 – Spanish)
  • Cuadros de Familia by Carmen Garza ($10.95 – Spanish)


  • Me, Frida & the Secret Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes ($7.99)
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate ($8.99)
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds ($7.99)
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang ($7.99)
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft ($12.99)
  • A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry ($7.99)
  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart ($8.99)
  • Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan ($8.99 – Spanish)
  • Frida, el misterio del anillo del pavo real y yo by Angela Cervantes ($6.99 – Spanish)
  • El ladrón del rayo (Percy Jackson Book 1) by Rick Riordan ($10.95 – Spanish)


  • Class Act by Jerry Craft ($12.99)
  • Crossover by Kwame Alexander ($12.99)
  • For Every One by Jason Reynolds ($7.99)
  • Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald ($8.99)
  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson ($8.99)
  • March, Book 1 by John Lewis ($14.95)
  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds ($9.99)
  • My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero ($8.99)
  • Snapdragon by Kat Leyh ($12.99)
  • The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz ($8.99)
  • When the Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson ($12.99)
  • El único destino by Alexandra Diaz ($8.99 – Spanish)
  • Crossover by Kwame Alexander (TBD – Spanish)

Want to help support A Book for Every Child?

Together, we raise thousands of dollars each year, allowing more than 2,000 students to each choose their own book. This teaches kids to make informed choices, emphasizes the importance of reading, and decreases the stigma associated with financial need.

Please join us in buying a Book for Every Child. Your donation helps set kids on the life-long path of reading!