The Books for All Kids Program

The Books for All Kids Programs has been designed to provide books for Non-profits, for After-School Programs and Child Care Centers at no charge for the books. This program is not a competitive grant donation program. If you wish to be notified of the availability of books through this program please send us an e-mail. All book donations will be announced through e-mail alerts. If you wish to be notified about the Books for All Kids offer, please contact us. In your email, please provide us with the following

  • Your full name and title;
  • your organization's name, address, and telephone number;
  • a brief description of your organization.
Without this information you will not be placed on our list server and you will not receive notice of Books for All Kids offers.

Program Policies

All organizations are required to provide a copy of their 501(c)3 or State Day Care License. The reading or educational materials must go to the organization applying for the books. Programming, Fiscal Agents or Lead Agencies cannot apply for blanket donations for redistribution to various sites. Each site has to complete a separate application.

Public and Charter Schools are not always eligible for donations. Some of our publishing partners prohibit us from donating their reading materials (books) to public and charter schools and programs that are located on public or charter school property, so the guidelines may vary from offer to offer.

All book donations are made on a first come, first serve basis. We request that you do not submit the application until you have received an e-mail alert for us. If you wish to be placed on our list-serve, please e-mail us at the e-mail address listed above.


Are non-profits that administer programs on Public or Charter School property allowed to participate in the Books for All Kids Program?

  • No, not always, some donors of books in this program have stipulated that the books cannot be donated to Public or Charter Schools. Once the books leave our shipping facility, we have no way of assuring that the books will not be placed in classrooms. Each book from this donor has a grantee identifier on it and we do not what to jeopardize any future donations from this publisher.
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Do you make donations to foreign organizations?

  • No, the cost of shipping books overseas is cost prohibitive and our publishing partners have requested that the books be used for the benefit of children in the United States. We also will not make donations to domestic organizations, that will make use of the books donated by our organization overseas.
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Can we pay for the shipping and handling charges with a Credit Card?

  • Most of our payment transactions are processed through PayPal. PayPal accepts most major credit cards and checks. We do not accept credit cards in our office or over the phone.
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If our organization has received books from other programs within the Roads to Reading Initiative in the past, are we still eligible to participate in this offer?

  • Yes, as long as you are eligible within the set guidelines and your organization is in good standing with other Roads to Reading Initiative donation programs.
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Why an Administrative Fee?

  • Pathways Within, Inc. charges administrative fees for the products we offer in an effort to partially subsidize our donation programs, and to defray the shipping and packing materials cost incurred in shipping the books to your organization. The fees typically represent a small percentage of the original retail price of the product.

    They vary by program and are based on a number of factors:

    • The amount of work involved in launching the program.
    • The amount of work involved in qualifying and processing organizations’ requests for products on an ongoing basis.
    • The expected volume of requests.
  • By charging administrative fees, we are ensuring that Pathways Within, Inc. can continue to offer donated reading material as efficiently as possible, at the lowest possible cost.

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To All Prospective Applicants of the Annual Competitive Book Donation Programs:

  • The Roads to Reading Initiative has suspended the Annual Competitive Book Donation Program for 2013. We are taking a year to revamp the program. If you would like to be notified when new guidelines are out, please e-mail at: