2010 was a big year for First Book, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks to our friends, fans, and generous supporters, we have a lot to celebrate.
Here are some of the cool things you helped make possible this past year:
We Reached the Milestone of 80 Million Books
At our annual Book Bash fund-raiser in New York City, we handed a basket of books to Round the Clock Nursery. One of the books in that basket was the 80 millionth book that First Book has distributed to kids in need since our founding in 1992.
We Shared the Stage With World Leaders
Kyle Zimmer, our president and co-founder, spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Kyle discussed the impact and importance of the First Book Marketplace as a leading model for social entrepreneurship.
We Worked in Our Local Communities
Local First Book volunteer groups (known as Advisory Boards) in cities, towns and counties nationwide helped distribute $3 million worth of new books to kids in their communities.
We Added New Books to Our Marketplace
We added lots of great new titles to our online Marketplace – including authors like Eric Carle, Jeff Kinney, Susan Meddaugh, Mo Willems and many others – so teachers and program leaders have even more choices.
We Got People to See Waiting for “Superman”
First Book was excited to kick off the pledge campaign as a promotional partner for this powerful documentary film.
We Released Special Editions
First Book continued one of our favorite traditions this year, releasing several new special editions, including Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie books and Eileen Spinelli’s ‘While You Are Away’.
We Distributed One Million Books With Target
To celebrate the launch of the ‘Read With Me’ campaign, Target helped us distribute one million new books to schools across the country. When a million people pledge to commit to read with a child, Target will provide another million books.
We Read a Lot of Short Stories
Volunteers from First Book’s local Advisory Boards read nearly 8,000 stories submitted through the Cheerios® New Author Contest in order to pick the top 25. That’s more than twice as many submissions as last year! (Check back in March to read the winning entry).
We Helped Kids Learn About Science and Math
Working with Lockheed Martin, First Book started a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) section in our Marketplace, featuring books, educational materials and other resources for teachers.
We Helped Feed America
First Book joined up with Feeding America to distribute 250,000 new books at 25 of their food banks, reaching some of the kids who need our help the most.
To all our hard-working volunteers, our tremendous corporate, nonprofit partners and publishing partners, our generous donors and – most importantly – the kids who take our books home and read them and come back for more, we wish you a happy New Year!
PS – If you are counting, there are actually twelve items on this list. We did so many cool things this year that it was difficult to narrow it down.