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Twelve To Shelve

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Today’s blog post is from Jenny Helber. Jenny is a parent volunteer at Bonne Ecole Elementary School located in Slidell, Louisiana. She has created an initiative entitled the ‘Twelve Books program’ at her children’s school. The program ensures that the

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Education, Guest Blog Posts, Literacy, Success Stories

35,000 Programs and Counting

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Exciting news! There are now 35,000 schools and programs serving kids in need in the First Book network. That’s 35,000 classrooms, libraries, church groups, afterschool programs, homeless shelters, military programs and daycare centers; all with permanent, ongoing access to a

Posted in Book Recipients, Success Stories

One Cake, Two Cakes, Cat Cake, Hat Cake

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Guess who has a supporting role in an upcoming episode of CAKE BOSS?  That’s right – First Book!  Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the Cat in the Hat worked alongside CAKE BOSS Buddy Valastro to help bring thousands of books

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Events, First Book Partners

How We Can Change the World by Buying Things … Together

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A single consumer isn’t able to change much about how a given company does business. But when thousands of customers join together and speak with a single voice, corporate leaders pay attention and make changes – whether it’s revising business

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Kyle Zimmer, Marketplace, Social Entrepreneurship

How First Book Helped Save the MLK Day Parade

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Because of First Book, over 4,000 students are happy that they know about Dr. Martin L. King Jr., his legacy and love of literature. In the words of Dr. King, thank you for seeking happiness for others. Your continued support

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Marketplace

New Books! First Book Joins Forces With Cincinnati Teachers

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“We’re taking a stand with our friends at the American Federation of Teachers to make sure kids in Cincinnati get the help they need — from all of us — to succeed. More than anyone, teachers understand the transformative power

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Partners, Kyle Zimmer, Teachers

One Million Books in Just Ten Days: Seattle!

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First Book staff and volunteers are lining ’em up and knocking ’em down this week as we work to distribute over one million brand-new books to schools and programs serving kids in need across the country. There are 350,000 new

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Partners, National Book Bank, Volunteers

Kids Are Eager to Read: Just Add Books

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First Book was part of all kinds of great events across the country for Read Across America Day on Friday, including a tremendous partnership in the city of Newark. Working with some great local nonprofits, we were able to provide

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Events, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Volunteers

Creating Success Stories for 20 Years

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Twenty years ago I was volunteering every week at a soup kitchen in Washington, D.C., where I met the most amazing children and families. As I got to know them, I saw how much they had to struggle, but I

Posted in Advisory Boards, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Social Entrepreneurship, Teachers, Volunteers

Happy Friendiversary! Mo Willems and First Book Join Forces to Bring New Books to New Orleans Kids

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Today is Friendiversary, when we celebrate the anniversary of our friendships. Think of one of your oldest and dearest friends. When did you first meet? How did you meet? That story is the story of your Friendiversary. First Book is

Posted in Advisory Boards, Authors & Illustrators, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Events, First Book Partners, Volunteers