Books for Kids

Books for Kids

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Books for Kids mailings are delayed and will continue in March 2021. Thank you for your understanding.

Seeking Volunteers

Volunteer with United Way’s Books for Kids program! We are seeking volunteers to help with labeling/stamping envelopes, stickering Capstone books, and putting books/newsletters into the envelopes to be mailed to 4,000 kids in the region per shipment.

Our next mailing preparation will take place the week of March 8-12 at
Fire Station #2,1825 Howard Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003.

To sign-up for a shift, please click on the link provided below. Sign up for more than one shift if your schedule allows.

We will be socially distanced and masked. Please feel free to bring a bottle of water if desired.


Upcoming Books for Kids Volunteer Opportunities

Dates for 2021:

  • April 12-16

  • May 10-14

  • August 9-13

  • Sept 20-24

  • Nov 8-12


 About the Program

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 2019, Books for Kids provided nearly 30,000 books to regional children.

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.

Thank you to our sponsor Capstone, as well as in-kind supporters City of North Mankato, Corporate Graphics International, Kato Moving & Storage, Paragon Printing and Piepho Moving & Storage.

Children ages 2 months through 4 years

Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Waseca counties

Book mailed every other month
Newsletter mailed each month


Click here to sign up for the Books for Kids Program


NOTE: For address changes, please contact our office by emailing Include your child's name, month/year of birth, and updated mailing address.

Books for Kids Sponsor:

Learn more about the Program