Almost everyone has a special story of how they met the one. You know, that one special book that made you fall in love – with not only what you were reading – but with reading, itself.
Since our founding in 1992, we have distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families. Falling in love with reading is something that’s core to our mission of enabling reading.
In a 2015 survey of First Book members, 93 percent of respondents cited sparking a love of reading as the primary motivation for accessing books for their classrooms and programs–ranking affinity for reading even above the development of the skills to read at grade level, which was cited as a goal by 79 percent of respondents. In the same survey, 87 percent of educators and program leaders saw an increased interest in reading among the kids they serve after distributing books from First Book.