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Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorite Books this July

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Our favorite books this July include the final Elephant and Piggie book. a book to inspire community engagement and creativity, the story of one of your kids’ favorite summertime toys, a captivating novel for animal lovers and a smart and

Posted in Inside First Book, Our Recommendations

Win Games and Activities to Make Learning Fun All Summer Long!

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Looking for creative ways to make learning fun in your summer program? Want to ward off summer boredom? Need activities to keep parents engaged in their child’s learning while school is out? Simply answer the question “How would you use

Posted in Opportunities for You

You Have The Power to Change a Child’s Life

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You have the power to change a child’s life by doing what you love. By hosting First Book campaigns, hundreds of people have provided books and resources to children in need. They’ve asked friend and family to make donations to

Posted in Opportunities for You

Monthly Book List: Our Favorite Books this June

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Are you looking for a giggle-filled bedtime story? A book about friendship and the summer Olympics? You’ll find that and so much more in our favorite books this month… Teach kids to coding this summer with a fun story, learn

Posted in Inside First Book, Our Recommendations

This is a Life He Never Imagined


When Antwon’s kids get a little older, he plans to tell them what he’s been through. A 25-year-old father of three, he’s working hard to give them all a better life. Today, he is employed as a plumber, studying to

Posted in Inspiring Stories, Your Stories

Make Time to Play!

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Today’s kids are playing less than any other generation. Play is losing out to TV, recess times have declined and many children in low-income communities lack safe spaces to run, jump and be active. But play is essential to kids’

Posted in Tips and Resources, Using the First Book Marketplace

How To Keep Kids Learning At Your Summer Meal Site

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Want to keep kids’ minds and bellies full while they are out of school this summer? If you provide summer meals to children from low-income communities through USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, you can access books, basic needs items and

Posted in Tips and Resources, Using First Book

Author Kate DiCamillo Finds Summer Fun at The Local Library

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This summer, kids can access great books, go on adventures to faraway places and even win prizes – all at their local library. Kate DiCamillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux and the recently released Raymie Nightingale,

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Expert Voices

Books Beat Summer Slide

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Classrooms packed, desks emptied, another school year is coming to a close. Summertime is on the horizon and for kids, that means three precious months of sweet, sticky freedom. But when kids from low-income families leave school for the summer,

Posted in Books & Reading, Success Stories, Summer Reading

770 Pounds of Dreams for His Students

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It started with one spelling word. “Beach.” Malik Ray, a first-time second grade teacher in Atlanta, GA, taught his students their new spelling words by projecting a photo and having students guess the word before putting it in their notebooks.

Posted in Concierge Services, First Book Partners, Inspiring Stories, Your Stories