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5 Digital Education Tools for Educators Serving Kids in Need


Many members of our community of educators have told us that digital learning is crucial in their programs and classrooms. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with companies and organizations focused on creating and curating quality digital content to bring

Posted in Education and Literacy, Literacy, Teachers

#ReadUP: A Non-Partisan Call-to-Action for Education and Literacy


First Book and Pearson, the world’s learning company, are encouraging America to #ReadUP as part of their campaign dedicated to raising the importance of literacy in the week leading up to Election Day. The campaign will unlock funds for new books to

Posted in Books & Reading, Education and Literacy, First Book News, First Book Partners, Opportunities for You

Why We Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day

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A teacher’s job is never done. Their days are spent solving math problems, analyzing the passages of books,  teaching the great lessons of history and serving as their students’ trusted experts. But when the final bell rings, their day isn’t

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices

Kids Are Behind on This Key Indicator of Success

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What if your dreams were out of reach before you could even dream them? For 80% of fourth graders who do not read proficiently, this could be the case. A child’s ability to read in fourth grade is a key

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices

Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education

Volunteers from the American Federation of Teachers help First Book Book Bank staff pack and organize books for distribution at the First Book National Book Bank Warehouse in Baltimore, MD, December 4, 2013.

Today’s guest blog post is by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, on the importance of ensuring all educators and students have the books they need for back to school.  As an educator, there’s nothing quite like

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices, First Book Partners, Thought Leaders

Summer Slide: It Adds Up

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Now in the thick of hot and sticky summer, the ring of the school bell has long left kids’ minds. And while three months may not seem like much, that time really adds up for kids who don’t have access

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices

Five Tips for Summer-Long Learning

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Guest blogger Tina Chovanec is the director of Reading Rockets: the authoritative online source for comprehensive and accessible information about teaching young children to read and helping those who struggle.Reading Rockets is one of five education websites created by Learning

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices

Books in Every Language for Every Child

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Today’s guest blog post is from Dr. Mandy Stewart, an assistant professor of bilingual education at Texas Woman’s University. Follow her on Twitter at @DrMandyStewart. How many books have you read in your lifetime?  How many picture books did an

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices

How Much Do Books Really Matter: New Study Shows How Book Availability Affects Children

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Ever wonder if having books around has any positive side effects?  It turns out that, not only for children, but also for teachers, having books available doesn’t have a single positive effect, it has a multitude of them. This study

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices

[INFOGRAPHIC] STEM Education Makes a Difference in Children’s Lives

STEM Education Makes a Difference in Children's Lives

CLICK THE IMAGE TO SEE A BIGGER VERSION. Thanks to partners like Lockheed Martin, First Book is helping thousands of kids in need get the books and resources they need. If you work with children from low-income families, sign up

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices, First Book Partners