Books for Ownership

Reading Is Fundamental is committed to a literate America where all children have the opportunities that literacy provides. Our model for impact is grounded in creating a culture of literacy for the children we serve - providing choice and access to books, as well as engagement opportunities for these children and the educators, parents, and caregivers that nurture them.



Books for Ownership, RIF’s flagship reading program, enables children to select new, age-appropriate books to take home and own and is supported by resources for parents, educators, and local literacy advocates to create a continuous focus on reading. This program enables participating children to select books to take home and own and relies on a simple yet fundamental truth, if you allow children choice and access, they will become more engaged readers and learners.

Over 40 million children nationwide have had the opportunity to experience the power and excitement of this program.

Quick Facts

Books for Ownership, RIF’s flagship program, has provided over 415 million books over the last 50 years to children nationwide. We are thrilled you are ready to begin your own Books for Ownership program.

  • This program has been offered since RIF's founding in 1966.
  • Purpose: To give children the opportunity to own books, motivate children to read, and to create an engaged community to encourage a culture of literacy.
  • Goal: To increase reading frequency, motivation, confidence, and enjoyment among all participants.
The Research

Explore the research that supports the Books for Ownership model.

BFO Research One Sheet

BFO Program Evaluation