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

Burnsville Book Giveaway – Cancelled Participation

Join us for a fun-filled way to get books into children’s hands over the summer!  We will be joining some Burnsville teachers and social workers at an apt building in Burnsville where the need is high for getting books into children’s hands.

Lifetrack Reading with St. Paul Mayor Carter

This event will be featuring story reading to community children and then book give away

Burnsville’s Party on the Plaza Nicollet Commons

This is a fun, free, outdoor event with live entertainment, food trucks, local vendors and games for the entire community.  We will set up our tables, display our books and help children choose as many books as they can carry! Please register to be a part of this great event.

(Money is needed for food, drinks & any other purchases.)

Kids n’ Kinship Skateville Party

Celebrating winter with children at Skateville – making sure books are a part of their every day activities.

Set up at 5:30, event starts at 6

BHS – Book Sorting

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

Summer Activities & Safety Fair

This annual fair provides parents and families with children from birth through elementary age with information on fun activities and places to go this summer, health and safety tips as well as hands-on activities.

Bloomington – Jumpstart2School

Calling ALL volunteers who love to have FUN and be in a fast-paced activity! This drive through event will get books into the hands of children ready to go back to school.

Last year’s event brought 1200 families so busy is what we will be!  We will have 1 table at each age level (4 tables total) so will need at least 2 volunteers per table.

Setup is at 2:30, event starts at 4.

Parking is in the parking lot on the north side of the church along 90th Street.  The event will be set up as drive through on south side of the church.

Child Receiving Books

“I’m going to have my dad read me every one of these books at bedtime.”

TC PBS Be My Neighbor Day

Come Join the Fun as we provide free books to children all across the Twin Cities at the Twin Cities PBS station.

This is an all day event so please feel free to sign up for whatever time period you are able to help – all are welcome to come and join the fun!!

Set up at 7 am, event starts at 8 am

Book Storage Organization

We are in the process of moving our storage space and need to reorganize and resort our supply of books. If you are able to help for any amount of time, you would be greatly appreciated! We are not moving at this time, just sorting and reorganizing.
The following dates will also be set up on the calendar for you to sign up to volunteer if you can:

Saturdays in April: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 – all from 10 am – 3 pm

Weekdays in April: 4/8, 4/10, 4/15, 4/17, 4/23, 4/25 – all from 2 – 5 pm

Treats will be provided!