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The Collective Power of a Nation of Readers

An Alabama teacher and her class, part of First Book's network

This piece also appears on The Huffington Post’s Impact blog. Steve White, a volunteer at a local nonprofit, worked through the holidays to ensure that 3,000 kids in need in Denver would have brand-new books of their own at Christmas.

Posted in Expert Voices

496 Million Women

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496 million. That’s how many women in the world can’t read or write even the most simple sentence. Many women never have the opportunity to reach 6th grade, and some don’t get to go to school at all. Today, we

Posted in Inspiring Stories, Your Stories

Ruth P. Graves: Lifelong Champion of Children and Reading

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Today we honor the memory of a lifelong champion of children and reading who recently passed away. Ruth P. Graves, President Emerita of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), was an early supporter of First Book and a leader who displayed a

Posted in Thought Leaders

The Power of Children’s Books to Change the World

First Book will bring new books to 10 million kids worldwide

In 2012, Malala Yousafzai, age 15, was shot in the face by Taliban thugs for daring to promote education for women and girls in her native Pakistan. She has not only survived, she has taken her cause to the global

Posted in First Book Partners, Inside First Book, Thought Leaders

Meet Keondra, A Formerly Reluctant Reader

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I want to tell you a story about Keondra. In a few days, Keondra will start second grade at Harrowgate Elementary School in Chester, Virginia. She cannot wait to be back in the classroom. When she began elementary school, Keondra

Posted in Impact Stories, Your Stories

The Stories for All Project: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

First Book announces The Stories for All Project

At First Book, we want to see all kids become strong readers, the critical step to succeeding in school and in life. But all too often the children we work with have books with characters and stories that aren’t relevant

Posted in Expert Voices, Thought Leaders

Investing in Education: Kyle Zimmer’s Reaction to the State of the Union


“Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime.” — President Barack Obama I was grateful to hear the president talk

Posted in Expert Voices, Inside First Book, Thought Leaders

Our Big Year Together

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Happy holidays, from everyone at First Book! We had a big year here at First Book! I want to let you know everything we accomplished this year, and ask for your support as we continue our work to transform education

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Supporters, Kyle Zimmer, Success Stories

Creating Success Stories for 20 Years

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Twenty years ago I was volunteering every week at a soup kitchen in Washington, D.C., where I met the most amazing children and families. As I got to know them, I saw how much they had to struggle, but I

Posted in Advisory Boards, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Social Entrepreneurship, Teachers, Volunteers

What Is Social Entrepreneurship? (And Why First Book Is Such a Good Example)

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A social entrepreneur is someone who sees a social problem — like hunger, homelessness or lack of access to clean water — and looks for ways to solve it. Unlike more traditional business entrepreneurs, who are trying to generate profits,

Posted in Education, Kyle Zimmer, Literacy, Social Entrepreneurship