Fourth-grade parents and teachers can find a variety of free resources to build their classroom libraries, including nonprofit organizations, such as First Book; online tools, such as DonorsChoose.org; and incentive programs, such as the Scholastic Reading Club. Many nonprofit programs are only available to schools that serve children in need.
First Book, the Heart of America Foundation and Mary Pope Osborne's Gift of Books program provide free and low-cost books to classrooms with children in need. Teachers must complete a request form for consideration.
Teachers may request funding for books at DonorsChoose.org. The website allows educators to post their needs for various projects so that private donors throughout the country can fund them. Scholastic offers a program that lets teachers earn points for free books each time a student places an order.