100% FREE Bookstore for Children and Families Opens in Pittsburgh!

February 1, 2024

On February 1, 2024, Reading Ready Pittsburgh opened an absolutely, 100% free bookstore for children and their families.  

The idea of "B is for Books" is simple: we believe that every child and their family should have easy access to high-quality reading material with as few barriers as possible.  Furthermore, the bookstore serves as a resource for educators who need new or additional books for their classroom, a location to provide professional development and parenting workshops, and a destination for storytimes and field trips.  Reading Ready Pittsburgh is ecstatic to add to the fabric of the social service and educational resource landscape, and we hope to see the families and kids from our community soon!

B is for Books

📍222 East 8th Avenue

    Homestead, PA 15120

Monday: 9:30 am - 3 pm

Tuesday: 12 pm - 3 pm

Wednesday: 9:30 am - 3 pm

Thursday: 12 pm - 3 pm

First and Third

Saturdays: 11 am - 2 pm 

(Saturday hours for our bookstore will go into effect on February 17th)

What makes B is for Books Special?


- Take a look around the store, the games, and the nook

- Grab three books to take home and keep

- Read in the nook or play with the games


- Take home three free books to add to your family library

- Read a book in our nook with your little one

- Ask the staff about our early literacy programs


- Meet with our librarian to choose the right books for your classroom

- Learn about our circle and storytime events

- Ask the staff about professional development opportunities

Have books you are no longer using? This is the perfect place to share them with! Reading Ready Pittsburgh will gladly take your new and gently used children's books to give away in their bookstore. It doesn't matter if it's one book or one thousand books, they will take them as long as they are in acceptable condition; not offensive in their language or depictions of people or cultures; and geared towards kids birth to 18.

Please click here to start the donation process. Questions about donating?  Click here to email Kathy!

All About Reading Ready Pittsburgh

Reading Ready Pittsburgh is a non-profit organization supporting the healthy development of young children by increasing access to books and by encouraging significant family engagement through reading.

Reading Ready Pittsburgh offers a variety of literacy programs to Pittsburgh's youngest readers (zero to five). Reading Ready Pittsburgh partners with local childcare centers, the AIU Head Start, AIU Early Head Start programs, and other community organizations, to remove some of the barriers families face in having high-quality, age-appropriate books to share in the home and meet families where they are.
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