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First Book Response to Charlottesville


The following is a statement by Kyle Zimmer, President, CEO, and Co-founder, First Book:                   Our nation is reeling from the unrest in Charlottesville and the hateful rhetoric that is reverberating across the country. These groups and their acts of bigotry,

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Win a Summer Reading Set of “I Pledge Allegiance”!


We’re giving away four Summer Reading Sets of the picture book I Pledge Allegiance just in time for Independence Day! UPDATE: Thank you to all who participated in our giveaway – and a special thanks to to author Pat Mora for

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading

How do Books Bring Color to Your World?


How do books bring color to your world? For 50 years, the classic children’s book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? has shown us the beauty of the world we live in with stunning illustrations and poetry. We’re joining our publishing

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Día Means Diversity in Action in 2017


Children’s Day, Book Day/El Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros (known as Día) is the annual celebration of bookjoy created by children’s book author Pat Mora. The nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children,

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Celebrate Hispanic Heritage, Diversity, Family Engagement, Make The Most of First Book, Opportunities for You, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Tips and Resources

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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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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5 Digital Education Tools for Educators Serving Kids in Need


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

Posted in Education and Literacy, Literacy, Teachers

Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorites for October


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