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Tools of the Mind: Teaching Children Self-Regulation through Play

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Today’s guest blog post is by Dr. Deborah Leong, Executive Director of Tools of the Mind, and coauthor with Dr. Elena Bodrova of “Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education”, and Barbara Wilder-Smith, Director of Content

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Posted in Expert Voices, Guest Blog Posts, Thought Leaders, Tips and Resources

Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorite New Books of 2016

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As the year comes to a close, we here at First Book like to reflect on the things we did, the people we met, and (most of all) the books we read. Here are a few of our favorite children’s

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Posted in Book lists, Books & Reading, Inside First Book, Marketplace, Our Recommendations

5 Digital Education Tools for Educators Serving Kids in Need

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Many members of our community of educators have told us that digital learning is crucial in their programs and classrooms. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with companies and organizations focused on creating and curating quality digital content to bring

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Posted in Education and Literacy, Literacy, Teachers

Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorites for October

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First Book’s book experts picked their favorite spooky stories that will frighten and delight young readers. Don’t be afraid to pick up any of our recommended titles! Pre-K –K (Ages 3-6): Ghosts in the House! written and illustrated by Kazuno

Posted in Books & Reading, Our Recommendations, The First Book Marketplace, Using First Book, Using the First Book Marketplace

Welcoming Week: Q&A with Author Anne Sibley O’Brien

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Welcoming Week is a special time of year. Communities across the country will come together to celebrate and raise awareness of immigrants, refugees and new Americans of all kinds. Whether it’s an event at your local art gallery or showing

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Diversity, Expert Voices, Stories for All

Louisiana Book Relief: Help Restock Flooded Libraries

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All of us at First Book have been heartbroken to learn ways recent floods in Louisiana have destroyed public libraries, school libraries, and home libraries across Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. Even before the flood waters started to recede

Posted in Book Relief, For educators, From Educators For Educators

Use Guided Reading Levels to Find the Perfect Books on the First Book Marketplace

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Use Guided Reading Levels to find the perfect books for every child you serve. Thanks to the feedback from our community of educators, First Book Marketplace users can now utilize our Advanced Search tool to find books with Guided Reading

Posted in The First Book Marketplace, Using First Book, Using the First Book Marketplace, Video

Q&A with Author Jason Reynolds

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Author Jason Reynolds’ books start the conversations about the difficult issues facing kids today. His experiences, as told through the characters in his stories, are very much like those of the children we serve – which is why we feel

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading

Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorite Books for August

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Our favorite books this August are sure to capture imaginations with beautiful illustrations, unconventional characters, and fascinating true stories. Read on to see the titles that hooked our book experts this month! For Pre-K –K (Ages 3-6): Who’s That?: Arctic

Posted in Book lists, First Book Favorites, Inside First Book, Our Recommendations