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Does Soman Chainani, Author of The School For Good And Evil, Consider himself good?… or evil?

The School For Good And Evil is available on the First Book Marketplace

“Sophie had waited all her life to be kidnapped.” Does that quote seem familiar to you? It’s the widely recognized first line of the book, The School For Good And Evil. Soman Chainani is the author behind the book, which is available

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Expert Voices, Opportunities for You

Stand Up to Bullying with These 10 Kids Books


Bullying continues to be an ongoing issue among peers and students, especially at schools. October is National Bullying Prevention Month so we’ve put together a list of 10 anti-bullying books that can help raise awareness of this critical concern throughout

Posted in Inside First Book, Our Recommendations, Tips and Resources, Using First Book

How One DC Charter School Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


We are in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 – one of the many year-round events where programs within First Book’s network create learning experiences and lasting memories for the children they serve. One of these programs is CentroNía,

Posted in From Educators For Educators, Your Stories

How is First Book Delivering Social Impact?

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First Book’s fearless leader, President and CEO Kyle Zimmer spoke on Thursday, October 10th on HuffPostLive alongside other tireless social entrepreneurs that include Hilde Schwab, David Jones and Asher Hasan. The live discussion examined how corporate assets can deliver social impact

Posted in Expert Voices, Thought Leaders

It Takes Less Than Half An Hour To Change A Child’s Life


First Book provides badly-needed books to kids, but it’s up to educators and parents to help their children open up those brand-new books and become readers. Read Aloud 15 MINUTES is one of the many terrific programs that makes this

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices

Stories For All: Todd Parr – It’s Okay to be Different

Todd Parr's books are now available through First Book

Author, illustrator, and macaroni and cheese aficionado Todd Parr, uses humor and bright illustrations to celebrate the differences that make us all unique. Most of Todd’s books are now available on the First Book Marketplace. First Book recently interviewed Todd

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, First Book Supporters

Janet Tashjian on Creating Imagination, Inspiration & Illustration with Reluctant Readers

Q&A with Janet Tashjian, children's author and huge supporter of First Book

Janet Tashjian is a children’s author, an advocate for reluctant readers and strong supporter of First Book. She collaborates with her son Jake Tashjian, who creates the illustrations for her books. One of their joint efforts, “Einstein The Class Hamster”

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Expert Voices

For First Day of School, Julianne Moore Brings Books to Kids at Harlem Daycare Center


We’re huge fans of award-winning actress Julianne Moore at First Book; not only is she supremely talented on stage and screen, she’s also a children’s book author and all -around lovely person. So we were thrilled that she was able

Posted in Inside First Book

5 Inspiring Stories Of Kids Helping Kids


We can all learn something from the selfless acts of children. Check out these five stories of kids helping kids in need get new books. 1. The Best Neighbor Ever.                 Crestwood Intermediate

Posted in Your Stories

Books of Their Own to Take Home: The Guru Krupa Foundation & Summer Reading

Students at Estrella Elementary receive books thank to First Book and the Guru Krupa Foundation

When Estrella Elementary opened their doors in 2010, they had barely any books available to students. A Title I school located in an impoverished Los Angeles neighborhood, Estrella can only supply a limited number of books and educational resources to

Posted in First Book Partners, Inspiring Stories, Your Stories