Free Book Program

Attention Parents:

The Ferst Foundation and ELC are offering a FREE book program now available to children ages 0-5 in Bradford, Baker and Nassau counties*.  Each month your child will receive one age-appropriate book in the mail along with a Leap into Books parent’s newsletter that includes community information, book guide and activity page specific for the book you receive.

Families receiving school readiness services through the Early Learning Coalition qualify for this wonderful free program. To enroll, all you have to do is complete the registration form for your county and return it in person or mail it to your local Episcopal Children’s Services One Stop office.  The Episcopal addresses are listed below.  Once you have registered you will start receiving your first book within 8-12 weeks.

Talking, reading and signing with your child, especially in the first five years, is the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do to prepare him/her to become the best possible learner when he/she enters school.  Children who start kindergarten with reading experiences are happier and more successful students all through school.

We hope you will take part in this program.  To learn more you can visit the Ferst Foundation website at: 

You must register through Episcopal Children’s Services only at one of these locations. Registration form below each county’s contact information. 

Baker County One Stop – Episcopal Children’s Services

418 8th Street, Macclenny, FL 32063 • 904-259-4225

Baker Registration Form

Bradford County One Stop – Episcopal Children’s Services

1080 North Pine Street, Starke, FL 32091 • 904-964-1543

Bradford Registration Form

Nassau County One Stop – Episcopal Children’s Services

C/O Career Center • 96042 Lofton Square Ct, Yulee, FL 32097 • 904-432-0009 ext. 2626

Nassau Registration Form

Program questions can be directed to Literacy Outreach Manager Joan Whitson at 904-342-2267 X 202 or

*Please note, the program is NOT available in Putnam, St. Johns or Clay counties.

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida