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Free Books For Teachers No Matter Where You Live

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I have been signed up with First Book for several years. I teach kindergarten and first grade at Dayton Public Schools in the poverty-stricken inner city of Dayton, Ohio. I get plenty of emails from First Book, but have never

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, Marketplace, National Book Bank, Teachers, Volunteers

How a Mortgage Bank Makes It Possible for Kids to Have New Books

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Every year, First Book provides close to ten million brand-new books to local schools and community programs across the country. To make that happen, we rely on the generosity of thousands of individual donors, grants from charitable foundations, and the

Posted in Advisory Boards, Education, First Book Partners, First Book Supporters, Literacy, Philanthropy, Volunteers

15,000 New Books on the National Mall, Plus Celebrities, Cabinet Secretaries and Cute Kids

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On Saturday, volunteers from across the country joined First Book on the National Mall in Washington DC to celebrate President Obama’s National Day of Service by providing 15,000 brand-new books to DC-area children from low-income families. Click here to see

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Distributions, Books & Reading, First Book Events, First Book Partners, KPMG, Virtual Book Drives, Volunteers

[INFOGRAPHIC] First Book’s Big Year

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* Click on the graphic to see a bigger, snazzier version. Learn more about how First Book provides new books to kids in need, and how you can get involved, at firstbook.org.

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Supporters, Success Stories, Volunteers

And the winner is …

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This morning at Martha’s Table, an amazing community program serving homeless families in Washington DC, First Book distributed our 100 millionth brand-new book. (Check out this great story on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.) That’s not a typo. Since

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Events, Kyle Zimmer, Social Entrepreneurship, Success Stories, Volunteers

When Life Gives you Lemons…

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You can change the world at any age. Ten-year-old Malaika Abramson has illustrated how she wants to inspire kids to read. The young, savvy entrepreneur created a website entitled “The Reading Lion”, a book recommendation site where purchase links to

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Supporters, Philanthropy, Volunteers

Volunteers in Action: Three Months to Make a Difference

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Today’s blog post is from Abby Bartholomew. Abby works for Kenexa Corporation, a company with a stellar philanthropy program allowing recipients to donate their full-time efforts for three months to an organization of their choice. Abby was one of the

Posted in Advisory Boards, Volunteers

Fairy Books and Ice Cream

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The First Book team just got back from Brattleboro, Vermont, where we distributed 350,000 brand-new books to kids in need. About 100,000 of those books went to local teachers and community leaders, and the rest were shipped out to schools

Posted in Book Distributions, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, National Book Bank, Teachers, Volunteers

First Book Volunteers in Action: Trumbull County’s Edible Books

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There is no question that we love delicious food and a great book. So, it comes as no surprise that one of our favorite First Book volunteer fundraisers is First Book-Trumbull County’s annual Edible Book Art Festival fundraising event. For the

Posted in Advisory Boards, Volunteers

One Million Books in Just Ten Days: The Final Reckoning

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Recently, First Book promised to distribute one million brand-new books to kids in need across the country in just ten days. Those ten days are up, and we are as good as our word. Better, even … altogether we distributed

Posted in Book Distributions, First Book Events, First Book Partners, National Book Bank, Teachers, Volunteers