Books for Kids is a Greater Mankato Area United Way program designed to instill the joy of reading in children by providing free books and parenting resources to families in our region. Since 1997, this program has helped build children’s home libraries, encourage literacy skills, and foster school readiness. Our longtime partner Capstone Publishing donates thousands of books every other month, which United Way distributes via mail to children ages 2 months through 4 years, 11 months. In 2015, we sent approximately 25,120 books to children.
As part of the Books for Kids program, families also receive the monthly First Steps and Early Learning Digest newsletters.
Parents may sign up their children for the program at any time; any child between 2 months and 4 years, 11 months can participate if they live within United Way’s service area of Blue Earth, Nicollet, Le Sueur, or Waseca counties, or if a parent works in Mankato/North Mankato.