Blog Archives

How To Fundraise For Books & Resources With First Book: “The Main Event”

CME Group Schieffer, Sheen, & Spacey Photos Meet & Greet

This will require planning, support, and input from your school/program community. Whether you opt for a bake sale, selling concessions during a school event or something more creative, there are plenty of options to generate funds to purchase the resources you

No Comments ↓
Posted in Books & Reading, Expert Voices, For educators, General, How to Use First Book Resouces, Impact Stories, Make The Most of First Book, More Than Books, Opportunities for You, Our Recommendations, The First Book Marketplace, Tips and Resources, Using First Book, Using the First Book Marketplace

Books for Kids and Hope for a Community

16649570_1233016190118376_2909869078720224985_n

In Forsyth County, North Carolina, H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) of Winston-Salem knows there are people in the community who care about kids. H.O.P.E.’s mission is to use community-wide volunteer support to bring nutritious weekend meals to children who are

No Comments ↓
Posted in Books & Reading, Expert Voices, Family Engagement, First Book, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, More Than Books, Stories for All

How to Fundraise for Books & Resources with First Book: “Do the Math”

First Book Photo

Showing how you will impact the children you serve is an essential step in securing funding for the education resources you need. Demonstrating the ability to maximize every dollar you receive — and how much you will save by purchasing

No Comments ↓
Posted in Expert Voices, For educators, How to Use First Book Resouces, Make The Most of First Book, More Than Books, Opportunities for You, Tips and Resources

Pride, Books, and More with TFA’s Tim’m West

overstated

With Pride Month already in full-swing, we recently had the chance to speak with Tim’m West, Senior Managing Director of Teach For America’s LGBTQ Community Initiative. We wanted to share his insights on advocating for and supporting LGBTQ youth, both

No Comments ↓
Posted in Books & Reading, Diversity, Expert Voices, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Thought Leaders, Tips and Resources

Encouraging Reluctant Readers

FirstBook - TAMPA-105

For a young kid, reading can seem intimidating. They have reading homework, reading tests, reading quizzes and there are always bigger, harder words out there to learn. Not only that, much of what they’re expected to read might not reflect

No Comments ↓
Posted in Book lists, Books & Reading, Expert Voices, Our Recommendations, Summer Book Lists, Summer Reading

Your Needs, Your Marketplace

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 1.44.15 AM

We continually ask educators what it is they need the most for the children they serve. We recently surveyed members of the First Book community of educators who are working with kids over the summer about what resources they’ll need

Posted in Books & Reading, Education and Literacy, From Educators For Educators, Hear From Fellow Educators, How to Use First Book Resouces, Inside First Book, Opportunities for You, Our Recommendations, Summer Reading, Tips and Resources, Using First Book, Using the First Book Marketplace

The Magic of Día: A Conversation with Author Lupe Ruiz-Flores

Hall display

The celebration of Día, or El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), can happen every day, but traditionally culminates each year on April 30th. This nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for children

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Celebrate Hispanic Heritage, Diversity, Expert Voices, Literacy, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Thought Leaders, Tips and Resources

Andrea Davis Pinkney on Connecting the African American and Jewish American Experience

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 1.00.58 PM

First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer recently sat down with award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney for a conversation about her latest book, A Poem for Peter — a book she describes as her “love letter” to Ezra Jack Keats, creator

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Diversity, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, Poetry Month, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Thought Leaders

Encouraging Literacy & Leadership with Games

Holton 8-18-14

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Lisa Holton, president of Classroom, Inc. – a nonprofit that develops literacy and leadership skills for middle school students in high-poverty communities. The organization provides support for educators and works to put

Posted in Expert Voices, First Book Partners, For educators, Guest Blog Posts, How to Use First Book Resouces, Make The Most of First Book, Marketplace, Opportunities for You, Thought Leaders

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

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