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The 2017 Mora Award Winners: A Día to Remember


We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Estela & Raúl Mora Award – Mattawa Elementary School of the Wahluke School District in Mattawa, Washington! They put on a fantastic Día celebration this year, and with the help of parents and several

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Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Diversity, Literacy

Our Favorite Books That Help Prevent Bullying

Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and thousands of schools, organizations, and communities across the country are mobilizing to educate kids about the serious consequences of bullying, and techniques to prevent it. From PACER, founders of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month:

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Posted in Books & Reading

On Writing & Wishing: Q&A with Author Katherine Applegate


Author Katherine Applegate’s newest book, Wishtree, is a delightful middle-grade story about never losing hope and the importance of wishes. The book has already been met with praise far and wide for its ability to draw out reluctant or hesitant readers. Wishtree

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Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Celebrity Guest Bloggers, Diversity, Expert Voices, Impact Stories, Stories for All, Thought Leaders

Hurricane Harvey Update: An Educator’s Story


As other parts of the country brace for the impact of upcoming hurricanes, clean up efforts after Hurricane Harvey are just beginning. Team First Book in Matagorda County has made many friends in their communities over the years. One individual

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Posted in Book Relief, Books & Reading, First Book Events

Books-A-Go Go & First Book: 10 Years Later, One Million Books

Betty Metz Boxes

“I had no idea what I was doing,” says Betty Metz, Founder and President of Books-A-Go-Go. Luckily for kids in Jacksonville, FL and later all over the world, she figured it out. During the past 10 years Betty and Books-A-Go

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Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Hear From Fellow Educators, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, Success Stories, Your Stories

First Book and Partners Respond to Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey AFT

All of us at First Book are deeply saddened to see the horrendous flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts are especially with our First Book family: the thousands of Gulf Coast-area educators we serve, their students, and

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Posted in Book Relief, Books & Reading, First Book, First Book News, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, More Than Books

**CONTEST CLOSED** Take the Shopping Cart Challenge!

shopping cart challenge

[Update 9/6/17] This contest has ended & the winner has been notified.  ** The answer was $142.73!** THANK YOU to all who participated in our Shopping Cart Challenge. We’ll be hosting more giveaways like this during our 25th Anniversary Year, so

Posted in Books & Reading

Book Recommendations for K-12 in the Wake of Charlottesville

books that encourage empathy

As students return to start a new school year, a national online conversation has emerged among educators and advocates around the country. Catalyzed by the violence and unrest in Charlottesville, VA, as well as other national events, teachers and organizations

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Posted in Book lists, Books & Reading, Diversity, Education and Literacy, For educators

How To Fundraise For Books & Resources With First Book: “The Main Event”

CME Group Schieffer, Sheen, & Spacey Photos Meet & Greet

This will require planning, support, and input from your school/program community. Whether you opt for a bake sale, selling concessions during a school event or something more creative, there are plenty of options to generate funds to purchase the resources you

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Posted in Books & Reading, Expert Voices, For educators, General, How to Use First Book Resouces, Impact Stories, Make The Most of First Book, More Than Books, Opportunities for You, Our Recommendations, The First Book Marketplace, Tips and Resources, Using First Book, Using the First Book Marketplace

Seeding Book Deserts with Diverse Books

jarred amato class

It is the mission of Project LIT Community to not only bring diverse books to areas low in resources, but to celebrate diverse books in schools and communities everywhere. “In East Nashville, it’s more likely that you’ll find a fast

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Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Diversity, Education and Literacy, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, Stories for All, Stories For All Project