Welcome to The Free Book Buggie

The goal of The Free Book Buggie is simple: Give free books to children.


To provide books to children and ignite a passion for reading that empowers each child to explore a world of opportunity.


We envision a world where all children have their own home library and become lifelong learners through the joy of reading.

The Free Book Buggie is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Explore our Digital Engagement Guide to learn more about getting involved today!

Books for everyone

The Free Book Buggie believes every child deserves books that meet them where they are in reading level, personal characteristics, and interests. 

Our books: 
* Range from baby to high school chapter reading levels
* Come in a variety of languages
* Represent many diverse life circumstances
* The majority of our donated books are pre-loved and saved from landfills

How we help

  • Eliminate transportation barriers by traveling to communities where children live and learn
  • Eliminate cost barriers by providing books free of charge
  • Strategically partner with organizations reaching children in highest need of our resources



Your financial commitment empowers young readers to be lifelong learners by giving them access to books.

Get involved

Volunteers, partners, and book donors make our work possible. Find out how you can get involved today!

Our story

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a passion to share the love of reading with children of all ages.


Impact stories

BHS – Book Sorting

Register to help count, sort and organize the books we pick up every week from our partners.

Dawn Anderson

Bloomington Covenant Church, The Clothes Closet, Bloomington, MN

“We were grateful to partner with The Free Book Buggie on Sept 29th. They set up tables in our guest waiting area with the books laid out and beautifully organized. What a fun surprise for our kids to be able to pick out books for free! For most of the families we serve, toys and books are extras that don’t fit in their budgets. Having books available to them made the kids feel special. Deb, Sue & Crew were so enthusiastic about helping kids pick out their favorite books. They came in and did their own set up and tear down without needing any assistance. They weren’t able to join us at our October opening which was disappointing for the kids. We look forward to having them join us in the future.”

Cannon Falls -Trick or Treat Trot

This will be a spooktacular time with over 30+ chamber members handing out candy/treats/books in downtown Cannon Falls.  Please join us for this socially distanced trot along Main Street, 4th and Mill Streets.

*****Set up is at 2:30, with the event running 3-5 PM****

St. Paul Ramsey Co. Public Health – Health Families America program

Celebrating Health Families America program where TFBB will give away free books to the chioldren and families with children. Expected audience is 90-100.

MN Internship Center

Students ages 14-20.

St. Paul’s Police Activity League – “PAL On The Move”/Arlington Hills Community Center

We are proud to be strengthening our partnership with the St. Paul Police Department in their ongoing efforts to build trust and understanding with the youth in their city’s neighborhoods. Join TFBB in engaging youth to choose free books at this fun, outdoor event. St. Paul police officers will be there, interacting with youth during various organized activities.

Here is some information on St. Paul’s Police Activity League – PAL utilizes educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth. It is based on the idea that young people can develop strong positive attitudes towards police officers in their journey through life toward the goal of maturity and good citizenship. PAL give kids a safe place to play, positive role models & creative activities in which to engage – all FREE!

*****Set up will be at 1:30 PM – Event 2 – 4 PM*****

BHS – Book Sorting

Register to help count, sort and organize the books we pick up every week from our partners.

Safe Summer Nights – CANCELLED

Join us for a wonderfully fun night out in St. Paul. Safe Summer Nights is a free public event for children and families, providing fun activities, free food, free books and opportunities to see St. Paul police officers.

Set up is at 4 pm, event starts at 5 pm

Please wear your mask.

South of the River Resource and Education Fair

We will need 3-4 volunteers at The Free Book Buggie table. If you are able to volunteer for all or part of the event, we will gladly accept whatever tine you can give us.

Set up will be at 8 am with the event starting at 9 am.

City of St. Paul Parks and Recreation Holiday Party

Celebrate all the winter holidays by sharing the gift of books with children in with St. Paul. Setup at 5:30, event starts at 6 PM.