Become a First Book Canada Member

Sign up for free to start shopping the First Book Canada Marketplace and access other exclusive benefits to support your students!

About First Book Canada & Our Network

First Book Canada is a non-profit that provides new books and educational resources - for free and at low cost - to schools and programs serving children in need, from birth to age 18. Our purpose is to raise the quality of education for children by making sure they have access to the resources they need to be successful in school and in life.

To access the resources available on the First Book Canada Marketplace, you must sign up and join First Book Canada’s community of educators serving kids in need and answer some questions about your school or program’s eligibility. Educators and program leaders can create a free account anytime at

Not sure if you are eligible to be a First Book Canada Member? Visit our Eligibility FAQs page.

Click to begin your First Book Canada member registration.Click to begin your First Book Canada member registration.

Benefits of Your First Book Canada Membership

Access to special funding opportunities to receive FREE books!

First Book Canada works with dozens of corporate and non-profit partners and a network of generous donors to provide opportunities for our members to receive books and resources at no cost. Once you're signed up, keep an eye out for our emails containing promo codes, grant opportunities, or special event announcements courtesy of our generous partners and donors.

Tools to promote diversity & inclusion.

Representation in books matters. First Book Canada has a consistent and intentional commitment to providing access to affordable books and resources that promote diversity, boost empathy, and create inclusive environments in schools and programs. Explore our Stories for All Project™ page to learn more!

Access to the Book Bank.

Through our one-of-a-kind Book Bank, members can order brand-new books and resources in bulk for just the cost of shipping and handling! Books and educational resources offered in the Book Bank are donated by our generous publisher and vendor partners.

FREE educational resources.

Our members drive everything that we do, and that's why we create free resources available through the First Book Canada Accelerator™. Every now and then we ask our members to share their unique needs and concerns in surveys or focus groups, and this feedback drives the development of expert-informed free resources for educators on relevant topics like race and social justice, student mental health, and social and emotional learning (SEL). 

Click to begin your First Book Canada member registration.Click to begin your First Book Canada member registration.

First Book Canada Eligibility Information

First Book Canada supports all types of educators and practitioners, formal and inform, working in under-served communities in a variety of settings, including:

  • TDSB Model Schools
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Shelters
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Community Organizations
  • Afterschool Programs
  • Healthcare Clinics
  • And many more!

As long as at least 70 percent of children/teens you serve come from low-income families, you are eligible to become a First Book Canada Member. You are required to sign up and provide some information about the community you serve before you can order from the First Book Canada Marketplace and access other member benefits.

The reason why we are able to offer the lowest price possible on books and resources throughout the First Book Canada Marketplace is because we aggregate the purchasing power of our unique network of educators and professionals serving kids in need. First Book Canada has special agreements in place with major publishers and vendors to allow our members to access exclusive pricing. The information you provide when you become a First Book Canada member helps us honor our commitments to our partners by ensuring that books and resources from First Book Canada are reaching kids and teens in underserved communities. 


Not sure if you're eligible? Visit our Eligibility FAQs page.


Have a Question or Need Help?

If you have any questions about your eligibility for First Book, the benefits of membership, or how to become a member, please feel welcome to contact our friendly Member Services team at 1-866-READ-NOW or We are available to assist you Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm ET (excluding major holidays).

Click to begin your First Book Canada member registration.Click to begin your First Book Canada member registration.