We Give Books




Read online for free, help build libraries across the globe.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site promotes early childhood literacy, encourages a love of reading, and allows participants to help others.

Violence & scariness
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"Buy" buttons allow members to purchase books for themselves or to give to schools, libraries, or a child.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that We Give Books is an educational site that not only allows children to read for free, but also supports worldwide charities. It is a Pearson Foundation initiative. Members can pick from a variety of organizations that they want to donate to, and each time they read a book, the site in turn donates a book to that charity.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • vocabulary


Emotional Development

  • empathy

Engagement, Approach, Support


Offers a brilliant way to encourage families to read together, also giving parents a wonderful opportunity to teach children about non-profit organizations and the importance of helping those in need.

Learning Approach

Kids will learn by enjoying the simple act of reading the high-quality books and by building the concept of how literacy can be a gift to both themselves and to others. 


The extension ideas under the educator resources section offer a multitude of ideas for enhanced learning.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • vocabulary


Emotional Development

  • empathy

Kids can choose books to read or have read to them on We Give Books from a variety of award-winning fiction and non-fiction books. Through reading or listening to someone else read these high-quality books, kids are increasing their reading and comprehension skills, and their overall vocabulary. We Give Books keeps track of how many books each registered user has read and donates comparable books to literacy organizations. We Give Books presents a solid way to link reading and giving, two undoubtedly enriching activities. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

What's it about?

We Give Books builds libraries in countries that suffer from increasing illiteracy rates. According to UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) there are over 1 billion non-literate adults in the world. The site supports each organization until a desired quantity of books is acquired, and then goes on to support another literacy campaign until that library is complete. Charities that We Give Books has supported in the past include Harlem Children's Zone, Hope for Haiti, Books Across America, and Global Explorers.

Is it any good?


The site offers a brilliant way to encourage families to read together, also giving parents a wonderful opportunity to teach children about non-profit organizations and the importance of helping those in need. Details are provided about each charity that the site supports, so families can make an informed decision on which organization to help. Families can choose from a list of more than 100 books to read together. Choices include new releases and all-time favorite classics such as Good Night Goon, Before You Were Here, Mi Amor, and Corduroy Lost and Found.  

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about non-profit organizations. What is their purpose and what kind of impact can they have? How does reading books on We Give Books help others?

  • Families can also talk about books and different places to find them -- from libraries, to sites like We Give Books, to book apps on mobile devices.

Website details

Genre:Civic Engagement
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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books,books,books and more books!

for all kids of all ages
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Parent Written bydrhairdo2008 July 7, 2012

A positive website for kids to learn how to deal with negative situations, along with helpful articles to help parents deal with any situation.

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