Inspiring a Love of Reading

RIF and Little Free Library™ work in local communities to provide books and literacy resources, creating literacy-rich environments for children and families. Together, they’ve teamed up to strengthen communities through two Little Free Library Initiatives: Action Book Club and Kids, Community & Cops. Visit the pages below to learn more and access RIF’s resources to support these efforts.  

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ACTION BOOK CLUB

Books can inspire you to make the world a better place—starting in your own neighborhood. Little Free Library’s Action Book Club™ invites participants to read books on timely topics, engage in lively discussions, and take part in meaningful—and fun—group service projects to benefit their communities. Below, check out RIF’s literacy support materials that accompany the current Action Book Club book list for young readers.  

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Action Book Club Book Resources: Everyday Heroes

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Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Written by Laurie Ann Thompson and Illustrated by Sean Qualls
Though he was born with a physical disability, Emmanuel quickly proves that he is just as capable as...
Pre-K - 3rd
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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

Written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Illustrated by Eric Shabazz Larkin
Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he's as tall as his truck, and he can...
1st - 4th
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Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

Written and Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
When Sylvia and her family moved from Santa Ana to Westminster in 1944, they were told that she and...
1st - 4th
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Waiting for the Biblioburro

Written by Monica Brown and Illustrated by John Parra
Ana loves to read, but she has already read all the books in her small village in Colombia. Then one...
K - 3rd
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

A boy in a drought-ravaged village in Africa wonders how things work. Teaching himself English from...

1st - 3rd
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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

On October 9th, 2012 young Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban while riding a bus home from...
8th - 11th
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

Written by Kate DiCamillo and Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
The story of Despereaux, a mouse who falls in love with a human named Princess Pea who is being held...
2nd - 5th
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Wonder

Written by R.J. Palacio
The story of August “Auggie” Pullman, who was born with a rare facial deformity called Treacher...
3rd - 7th

KIDS, COMMUNITY & COPS

Little Free Library’s Kids, Community & Cops program helps law enforcement and civic groups create positive interactions with youth. Whether through precinct libraries, mobile libraries, library networks or book-centered events, the initiative connects kids and cops through book sharing and the power of reading. Check out RIF’s recommended book list and accompanying resources to support this initiative in your own backyard.

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Kids, Community, and Cops Book Resources

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Officer Buckle and Gloria

Written and Illustrated by Peggy Rathmann
Officer Buckle’s very useful safety tips fall on deaf ears every time he shares them with the kids...
Pre-K - 3rd
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Lend a Hand: Poems About Giving

Written by John Frank and Illustrated by London Ladd
Giving up your seat on the bus, singing at a retirement home, or helping a neighbor, this beautiful...
1st - 4th
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Library Lion

Written by Michelle Knudsen and Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Miss Merriwether is very particular about her library, so at first she didn't know what to make of...
Pre-K - 3rd
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What Do People Do All Day?

Written and Illustrated by Richard Scarry
Colorful illustrations reveal the kinds of jobs people do each day. Captain Salty and his crew...
Pre-K - 2nd