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What I Learned from Bill Clinton: How to Prepare Yourself for the Future

Chandler Arnold and Kyle Zimmer of First Book with Bill Clinton

“If you can do one thing to prepare yourself for the future… you should spend as much time as you can with people who are different than you”. — President Bill Clinton I recently had the opportunity to join Kyle

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Social Entrepreneurship: From Vision to Action

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I was thrilled to recently join other social entrepreneurs speaking with a group of 63 Fulbright Scholars from 47 countries around the world.  The US Department of State brought the Fulbright Enrichment Seminar participants to Washington to explore social entrepreneurship in the areas of environmental sustainability,

Posted in First Book Events, General, Marketplace, Social Entrepreneurship

United We Serve: Packing Backpacks with the First Family

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Last Thursday, June 25th, I was lucky enough to join the President, the First Lady, and hundreds of Congressional family members to prepare 15,000 backpacks with books and other items for the children of servicemen and women. With the incredibly

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, First Book Events, First Book Partners, Philanthropy

Creating Libraries with Jewish Women International

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On Monday, a couple of us from First Book had the opportunity to attend a luncheon hosted by Jewish Women International (JWI).  JWI’s National Library Initiative (NLI) is working with First Book to establish 100 children’s libraries in homeless and

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Events, Literacy

Before there were Libraries, there were “Book Women”

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Have you ever wondered what people did before they could swing into a bookstore or go to the library? A new book on the First Book Marketplace, That Book Woman, gives some insight into this very question. That Book Woman

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A thought for the day…

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“Literacy begins in hearts, not heads.  There is a poem or story to raise the goosebumps on the toughest skin and we are well advised to try and find it.  A child never thrilled to words will remain indifferent to

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What is a Huggable Hero?

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I was recently lucky enough to find out. A few weeks ago one of First Book’s longstanding partners, Build-A-Bear Workshop®, invited me to speak with an amazing collection of young leaders who are making profound differences in their communities —

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First Book Marketplace at the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit

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I recently attended the Social Enterprise Alliance’s annual summit in Boston.  This gathering of social change leaders from around the world brought together entrepreneurs, lenders, investors, consultants, researchers and educators from a variety of social enterprises to share best practices

Posted in Books & Reading, Marketplace, Social Entrepreneurship

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Just a few weeks ago we announced the arrival of a special edition of Martin’s Big Words to the First Book Marketplace. This incredible picture book, written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier, weaves the immortal words of

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A Gilligan’s Island legend anchors herself with First Book at BEA

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Tina Louise — a Gilligan’s Island legend and longtime reading tutor — recently wrote her first children’s book, When I Grow Up and joined the First Book team to autograph copies for First Book supporters at BookExpo America. Her inspiring story brings nature

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