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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

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

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

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

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

5 Digital Education Tools for Educators Serving Kids in Need

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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

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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

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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