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Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and thousands of schools, organizations, and communities across the country are mobilizing to educate kids about the serious consequences of bullying, and techniques to prevent it. From PACER, founders of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month:

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Books-A-Go Go & First Book: 10 Years Later, One Million Books

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“I had no idea what I was doing,” says Betty Metz, Founder and President of Books-A-Go-Go. Luckily for kids in Jacksonville, FL and later all over the world, she figured it out. During the past 10 years Betty and Books-A-Go

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Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Hear From Fellow Educators, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, Success Stories, Your Stories

First Book and Partners Respond to Hurricane Harvey

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All of us at First Book are deeply saddened to see the horrendous flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts are especially with our First Book family: the thousands of Gulf Coast-area educators we serve, their students, and

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Posted in Book Relief, Books & Reading, First Book, First Book News, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, More Than Books

**CONTEST CLOSED** Take the Shopping Cart Challenge!

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[Update 9/6/17] This contest has ended & the winner has been notified.  ** The answer was $142.73!** THANK YOU to all who participated in our Shopping Cart Challenge. We’ll be hosting more giveaways like this during our 25th Anniversary Year, so

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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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

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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

Posted in Books & Reading, Diversity, Expert Voices, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Thought Leaders, Tips and Resources

Encouraging Reluctant Readers

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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

Posted in Book lists, Books & Reading, Expert Voices, Our Recommendations, Summer Book Lists, Summer Reading

Your Needs, Your Marketplace

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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