Books for Ownership

RIF wants to ensure you have all the information and resources to effectively implement Books for Ownership whether in one school, one site, or across many. Here you will find all the
information you need.

If you still have a question, please send us an email.

Quick Facts

Welcome to Books for Ownership, RIF’s flagship program that 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
  • Book cost: $3 per book.

Getting Started


  1. Register and complete a profile on Literacy Network.
  2. Fill out and return the Books for Ownership Getting Started Form. Upon receipt of the completed form, you will receive an email with next steps including information on how to order your books.

Program Implementation

View the Books for Ownership Planning Guide to get started with your program implementation. You will find tips on planning a book celebration event, incorporating motivational reading activities into your program, getting your community involved, and using Literacy Central and its thousands of digital resources tied to the books we offer for greater literacy impact, as well as ideas for creating an ongoing culture of literacy.

As always, if you have a question, need support, or just want to brainstorm, please send us an email.

Planning Guide


Related Resources

Dive deeper into reading development and how best practices can support your Books for Ownership program. Check out our latest webinar!

Reporting your Results

Report your activities: Please submit some basic data on your program activities to ensure we can track and measure the collective impact across all RIF sites. Click here to submit your data. 

Preview Reporting

Submit Program Report


Measure your impact: RIF is tracking several key measures to monitor the impact of the Books for Ownership program for the children we all serve. Please share the link to our brief program questionnaire with the educators and parents you work with in order for them to share their feedback with RIF. 

Educator Survey

Family Survey (English)

Family Survey (Español)

Please review our suggested letter to accompany the survey to your parents and/or educators.