Books for Teachers


In 2003, the Renée B. Fisher Foundation had a simple idea: to provide an abundance of books of all types and subjects to children whose access to reading materials might be limited. What better place to find a rich resource of books at affordable prices than a library book sale? Who better to drive student access to learning than their teachers? To achieve this mission, the Renée B. Fisher Foundation and Pequot Library have partnered for nearly 20 years to put books in the hands of students through Books for Teachers, an award program that provides Bridgeport and New Haven public school teachers with $100 award vouchers for free books and media at Pequot Library’s Summer Book Sale. See the list of approved Bridgeport and New Haven public schools.

Thank you to the 300+ teachers who participated in the 2020 Books for Teachers program! Applications for 2020 are now closed.

Volunteers: Sign up online to support Pequot Library and teachers. Opportunities include unpacking and organizing books, shopping and packing for individual teachers, and overseeing pick up.

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This year, Pequot Library is proud to be able to continue the Books for Teachers program even though we cannot host our summer book sale on-site this year.

Books for Teachers applicants will be selected on a first come, first served basis to receive $100 worth of books for their classrooms. Applications are limited to one per teacher. Public schools from Bridgeport and New Haven are eligible; please see the list of approved schools on our website to confirm your school’s eligibility.

To ensure the health and safety of all during the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers will apply online (form below). The application includes the opportunity for teachers to indicate their book preferences. Teachers may request books based on grade or reading level and by book categories, which will include picture books, easy/early readers, chapter books, board books, nonfiction, graphic novels, DVDs, and audiobooks. Please note that requests for specific titles may not be fulfilled at this time.

Boxes of books will be available for curbside pickup.

Thank you to the Renée B. Fisher Foundation and all the participating teachers! Applications for 202 are now closed.

Questions? Send us an email.

Approved Schools

Bridgeport Schools

Achievement First Bridgeport Academy Elementary School | Barnum School | Bassick High School | Beardsley School | Biotechnology Research and Zoological Science High School | Black Rock School | Blackham School | Bridge Academy (for 2020 only) | Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture School | Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center | Bridgeport Military Academy | Bryant School | Bullard-Havens Technical High School | Capital Preparatory Harbor School | Central High School | Cesar Batalla | Classical Studies Magnet Academy | Columbus Elementary School | Cross School/Wilbur Cross School | Discovery Interdistrict Magnet School | Dunbar Elementary School | Edison Elementary School | Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet School | Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy | Geraldine W. Johnson School | Great Oaks Charter School | Hall Elementary | Hallen School | Harding High School | High Horizons Magnet School | James J. Curiale School | Jettie S. Tisdale School | John Winthrop School | Luis Munoz Marin School | Madison Elementary School | Multicultural Magnet School | New Beginnings Family Academy | Park City Magnet School | Read School | Roosevelt Elementary School | Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School | Skane School | Thomas Hooker School | Waltersville School

New Haven Schools

Achievement First Amistad Academy High School | Augusta Lewis Troup School | Barack Obama Magnet University School (formerly: Strong 21st Century Communications Magnet and SCSU Lab School) | Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School | Benjamin Jepson Magnet School | Betsy Rose Arts Magnet School | Bishop Woods Architecture and Design Magnet School | Booker T. Washington Academy | Brennan-Rogers Magnet School | Celentano Biotech, Health and Medical Magnet School | Christopher Columbus Family Academy | Clinton Avenue School | Common Ground High School | Conte West Hills Middle School | Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School | Davis Street Arts and Academics Interdistrict Magnet School | Dr. Reginald Mayo Early Childhood School | East Rock Community and Cultural Studies Magnet School | Edgewood Creative Thinking through STEAM Magnet School | Elm City College Preparatory Elementary School | Elm City Montessori | Engineering and Science University Magnet School | Fair Haven School | Gateway to College | High School in the Community | Hill Central School | Hill Regional Career High School | James Hillhouse High School | John C. Daniels Interdistrict Magnet School of International Communications | John S. Martinez Sea and Sky S.T.E.M. Magnet School | King/Robinson Interdistrict Magnet School | L.W. Beecher Museum Magnet School of Arts and Sciences | Lincoln Bassett Community School | Mauro Sheridan Science, Technology and Communications Interdistrict Magnet School | Metropolitan Business Academy | Nathan Hale School | New Haven Academy | NHPS – Adult Ed | Quinnipiac Real World Math STEM School | Riverside Academy | Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy | Ross Woodard Classical Studies School | The Sound School | Truman School | West Rock Author’s Academy Magnet | Wexler Grant Community School | Wilbur Cross High School | Worthington Hooker School