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My Yiddish Vacation: Q&A with Ione Skye

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Ione Skye recently celebrated the launch of her first children’s book “My Yiddish Vacation.”  Ione’s generous support of First Book has helped to bring hundreds of books to kids in need. We sat down to talk with her about how

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Four Books to Celebrate El día de los niños

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Today’s guest blog post is by Pat Mora, award-winning author and founder of El día le los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day. All the books Pat recommends are available at deeply discounted prices on the First

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Does Soman Chainani, Author of The School For Good And Evil, Consider himself good?… or evil?

The School For Good And Evil is available on the First Book Marketplace

“Sophie had waited all her life to be kidnapped.” Does that quote seem familiar to you? It’s the widely recognized first line of the book, The School For Good And Evil. Soman Chainani is the author behind the book, which is available

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My Mother Is a Foreigner But Not to Me: A Q&A with Julianne Moore

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Julianne Moore recently joined First Book at Round the Clock Nursery in Harlem to read her newest children’s book ‘My Mom is a Foreigner, But Not to Me.’ After the event, she spoke with us about her love of reading

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Stories For All: Todd Parr – It’s Okay to be Different

Todd Parr's books are now available through First Book

Author, illustrator, and macaroni and cheese aficionado Todd Parr, uses humor and bright illustrations to celebrate the differences that make us all unique. Most of Todd’s books are now available on the First Book Marketplace. First Book recently interviewed Todd

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Janet Tashjian on Creating Imagination, Inspiration & Illustration with Reluctant Readers

Q&A with Janet Tashjian, children's author and huge supporter of First Book

Janet Tashjian is a children’s author, an advocate for reluctant readers and strong supporter of First Book. She collaborates with her son Jake Tashjian, who creates the illustrations for her books. Their most recent joint effort, Einstein The Class Hamster was not

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The Stories for All Project: Latina Author Guadalupe Garcia McCall on Books as Hope

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 Our guest blogger today is author/poet Guadalupe Garcia McCall, whose book “Summer of the Mariposas”, from Lee & Low Books, is part of First Book’s Stories For All Project. “First Book’s mission to make books accessible to low-income families is very

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The Stories for All Project: Latina Author Pat Mora on the Connection Children Make with Books that Include their Culture and Language

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Our guest blogger today is author Pat Mora, whose book “Yum! Mmmm! Que Rico!”, from Lee & Low Books, is part of First Book’s Stories For All Project. “Once upon a time . . .” A magic phrase that can change

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The Stories for All Project: African American Author Tony Medina on Connecting Multicultural Books with Children of Color

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Our guest blogger today is author Tony Medina, whose book “DeShawn Days”, from Lee & Low Books, is part of First Book’s Stories For All Project. “As a child in the Throgs Neck Housing Projects in the Bronx, I did not

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The Stories for All Project: Native American Author Joe Bruchac on Growing Up on the Reservation and the Power of Books

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Our guest blogger today is author Joseph Bruchac, whose book “Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path”, from Lee & Low Books, is part of First Book’s Stories For All Project. What does a book mean to a child? A book all his or

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