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Win a Summer Reading Set of “I Pledge Allegiance”!

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We’re giving away four Summer Reading Sets of the picture book I Pledge Allegiance just in time for Independence Day! Simply answer the question “How do stories celebrate citizenship?” by commenting on this Facebook status between June 23 and June

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Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading

Pride, Books, and More with TFA’s Tim’m West

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With Pride Month already in full-swing, we recently had the chance to speak with Tim’m West, Senior Managing Director of Teach For America’s LGBTQ Community Initiative. We wanted to share his insights on advocating for and supporting LGBTQ youth, both

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Posted in Books & Reading, Diversity, Expert Voices, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Thought Leaders, Tips and Resources

Announcing the First Book Needs Index

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We at First Book are proud to announce the First Book Needs Index: a new research tool that works to combine public and proprietary data in new ways in order to identify areas lacking resources and affecting kids in need. An interactive and dynamic

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Posted in Books & Reading, Education and Literacy, First Book, First Book News, First Book Partners, FIrst Book Research, First Book Supporters, For educators, General, How to Use First Book Resouces, Kyle Zimmer, Make The Most of First Book, Nonprofit Technology, Social Entrepreneurship

Encouraging Reluctant Readers

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For a young kid, reading can seem intimidating. They have reading homework, reading tests, reading quizzes and there are always bigger, harder words out there to learn. Not only that, much of what they’re expected to read might not reflect

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Posted in Book lists, Books & Reading, Expert Voices, Our Recommendations, Summer Book Lists, Summer Reading

7 Facts About English Language Learners … & How They’re Awesome!

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27% of U.S. children under age 6 come from homes where at least one parent speaks a language other than English.1 Relative to other U.S. children, dual language learners/English language learners are far more likely to live in poverty and in

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Posted in Books & Reading, Diversity, Expert Voices, Family Engagement, Stories for All, Stories For All Project

First Book turns 25!

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First Book is celebrating 25 years of bringing books and resources to kids in need! From a simple effort that began in 1992 with a handful of books and some spare time, we have grown into a social enterprise that

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Posted in Around the First Book Office, Books & Reading, First Book, First Book Events, First Book News, Guest Blog Posts, Impact Stories, Inside First Book, Inspiring Stories, Kyle Zimmer

Your Needs, Your Marketplace

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We continually ask educators what it is they need the most for the children they serve. We recently surveyed members of the First Book community of educators who are working with kids over the summer about what resources they’ll need

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Posted in Books & Reading, Education and Literacy, From Educators For Educators, Hear From Fellow Educators, How to Use First Book Resouces, Inside First Book, Opportunities for You, Our Recommendations, Summer Reading, Tips and Resources, Using First Book, Using the First Book Marketplace

Hidden Figures Reveals New Possibilities For Young Readers

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Last month, we proudly added the young readers’ edition of Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly to our Stories for All Project™ & STEM-themed books available on the First Book Marketplace. The New York Times bestseller and inspiration for the

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Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Diversity, Education and Literacy, For educators, From Educators For Educators, STEM, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Summer Reading

The Magic of Día: A Conversation with Author Lupe Ruiz-Flores

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The celebration of Día, or El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), can happen every day, but traditionally culminates each year on April 30th. This nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for children

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Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Celebrate Hispanic Heritage, Diversity, Expert Voices, Literacy, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Thought Leaders, Tips and Resources

Andrea Davis Pinkney on Connecting the African American and Jewish American Experience

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First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer recently sat down with award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney for a conversation about her latest book, A Poem for Peter — a book she describes as her “love letter” to Ezra Jack Keats, creator

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Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Diversity, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, Poetry Month, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Thought Leaders