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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

Book of the Month: Barefoot World Atlas

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Our book of the month on the First Book Marketplace is the Barefoot World Atlas, which looks at all the ways that different cultures and communities across the world have been shaped by their environment. “Two years ago, our girls

Posted in Book of the Month, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Marketplace, Teachers

She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain

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Dear First Book, Thank you for giving us the books. We really like them. You guys have the best books ever because my little sister loves these books. I like the ‘Nancy Drew Goes to Hollywood’ one. Your books are

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Impact Stories, Marketplace, National Book Bank, Teachers

“It was too noisy at my house and I knew if I came to school I could find a quiet place to finish it.”

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Posted in Book Recipients, Impact Stories

We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You

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We had a great year at First Book, thanks to the help of supporters like you. Together, we’re transforming the lives of millions of children in need by ensuring they have new books of their own to read. I want

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Kyle Zimmer, Marketplace, National Book Bank, Teachers, Volunteers

It’s Almost Friendiversary! Get Your Books Today!

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We see that you have a sad face, because the holidays are over. Luckily, you are as wrong as you could possibly be, because the biggest, best, most excellent, excitingest, fanciest, greatest holiday of them all is on its way.

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Events, Marketplace, Teachers

It’s Not Too Late! You Can Provide New Books for Kids in Need This Christmas

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First Book distributed eight million brand-new books to kids in need this year. That’s a LOT of books, and those books have the power to change a lot of lives. And, with your help, we want to do even more

Posted in Book Recipients, First Book Partners, Literacy, Philanthropy