Celebrating Women’s History Month with Stories

Women

March is Women’s History Month. This celebration of half the population became a national observation in February 1980, when President Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation and declared the week of March 8 to be “National Women’s History Week.” Throughout the

No Comments ↓
Posted in Books & Reading, Inside First Book, Marketplace, Our Recommendations

Tools of the Mind: Teaching Children Self-Regulation through Play

tools of the mind logo

Today’s guest blog post is by Dr. Deborah Leong, Executive Director of Tools of the Mind, and coauthor with Dr. Elena Bodrova of “Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education”, and Barbara Wilder-Smith, Director of Content

1 Comment ↓
Posted in Expert Voices, Guest Blog Posts, Thought Leaders, Tips and Resources

Powerful Partnerships Provide Books & More For Florida Kids

FirstBook - TAMPA-61_web

Like many First Book stories, this one begins with a successful partnership. A partnership that, for many years, has helped First Book raise the bar for kids in need with new, quality books both at school and at home. The

2 Comments ↓
Posted in Books & Reading, Concierge Services, First Book Partners

Students as Agents of Lasting Change: The Citizen Power Project

First Book

“The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically…Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Jr., “The Purpose of Education”, 1947 Today is Martin Luther

1 Comment ↓
Posted in Books & Reading, Family Engagement, First Book, From Educators For Educators, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories

How One Book Got the 2nd Grade Hooked

20161219_140806

At McBee Elementary School in Austin, TX teachers are always looking for ways to help students share ideas and connect. That is especially true for librarian Heather Stephens. She sees hundreds of students from different grade levels, all with various

No Comments ↓
Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Family Engagement, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories

Changing Communities with Books: The Citizen Power Project

first image in article

In November, First Book and its partners the American Federation of Teachers and the Albert Shanker Institute presented the Citizen Power Project; a challenge to educators nationwide to identify, plan, and implement a civic engagement project important to their students,

Posted in Books & Reading, Diversity, Family Engagement, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories