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5 Secrets Adults Won’t Tell You – Kyle Zimmer’s Commencement Speech at Saint Mary’s College

Five Secret Lessons for Graduates from Kyle Zimmer, Founder of First Book

Our intrepid leader, CEO, and co-founder of First Book, Kyle Zimmer, shared some of the wit and wisdom that motivates the First Book team on a daily basis with a crowd of graduates of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame

Posted in Expert Voices, Inside First Book, Thought Leaders

One Million Books Available Now for Schools and Programs in States Affected by Hurricane Sandy

One Million Books from First Book for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Since Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast last fall, First Book has been working to help local schools, community programs and families rebuild their lost libraries. Now, thanks to our friends at Random House, we have the resources to rebuild

Posted in First Book Partners, Opportunities for You

Young Diplomat Killed While Bringing Books to Kids

Young Diplomat Killed Bringing New Books to Kids in Need

Yesterday morning, Andrew Meyer, the operations manager for the First Book Marketplace, sent an email to the First Book staff sharing his thoughts about Anne Smedinghoff, a young foreign service officer killed in Afghanistan while bringing books to children in

Posted in Inside First Book

First Book Supports 50,000 Local Schools and Community Programs. (Yes! 50,000!)

50,000 Local Schools and Community Programs in the First Book Network

Last year First Book made it a goal to reach more kids in need by doubling the number of local schools and community programs in our national network, from 25,000 to 50,000. We’ve reached that number! Over 50,000 Title I

Posted in Inside First Book, Opportunities for You

Happy Read Across America Day!

Happy Read Across America Day!
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Affected by Hurricane Sandy? First Book Can Help You Get New Books.

First Book and Hurricane Sandy relief

Click here (or on the flyer above) to sign up! Feel free to share this link, or download the graphic and share.  

Posted in Opportunities for You

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Haves and the Have Nots

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Haves and the Have-Nots

If you work with kids from low-income neighborhoods, First Book can help you get brand-new, high-quality books.

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices

Share the Love! Books = Valentines

Share The Love!
Posted in Opportunities for You

Will YOUR KIDS Have Books for ‘Read Across America’ Day?

Chandler Arnold, First Book's executive vice-president, with a student from Belmont Runyon Elementary school in Newark, NJ, at a ‘Read Across America’ event last year.

Read Across America Day is fast approaching; on March 1, children across the country will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday by reading ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and other childhood favorites. But, as much as we love Dr. Seuss, the READING

Posted in Opportunities for You

OMG Books! How First Book is Putting Half a Million Dollars on the Table to Make Sure Kids Get the Books They Need.

The First Book Marketplace

UPDATE: So many publishers have expressed interest that we’ve extended the deadline for proposals until Friday, Feb. 8 at 9 pm ET. (If you’re a publisher and have already submitted materials, feel free to make changes and send it back

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