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Book Recommendations for K-12 in the Wake of Charlottesville

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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

Seeding Book Deserts with Diverse Books

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Día Means Diversity in Action in 2017

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Children’s Day, Book Day/El Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros (known as Día) is the annual celebration of bookjoy created by children’s book author Pat Mora. The nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children,

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Celebrate Hispanic Heritage, Diversity, Family Engagement, Make The Most of First Book, Opportunities for You, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Tips and Resources

Changing Communities with Books: The Citizen Power Project

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In November, First Book and its partners the American Federation of Teachers and the Albert Shanker Institute presented the Citizen Power Project; a challenge to educators nationwide to identify, plan, and implement a civic engagement project important to their students,

Posted in Books & Reading, Diversity, Family Engagement, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories

All Roads Lead to Learning with Pathway to K

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With a waiting list of more than 400 students, Vanessa Osbourne knew she needed to offer another option for the kids who weren’t going to be able to participate in the pre-kindergarten program. “We wanted to make sure that if

Posted in Diversity, Family Engagement, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, Your Stories