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One Million Books in Just Ten Days: Minneapolis!

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First Book staff and volunteers are working overtime this week to distribute over one million brand-new books to schools and programs serving kids in need across the country. This week, we have a team in Seattle, distributing 350,000 new books,

Posted in Book Distributions, First Book Events, First Book Partners, National Book Bank, Teachers, Volunteers

Kids Are Eager to Read: Just Add Books

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First Book was part of all kinds of great events across the country for Read Across America Day on Friday, including a tremendous partnership in the city of Newark. Working with some great local nonprofits, we were able to provide

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Events, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Volunteers

Happy Friendiversary! Mo Willems and First Book Join Forces to Bring New Books to New Orleans Kids

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Today is Friendiversary, when we celebrate the anniversary of our friendships. Think of one of your oldest and dearest friends. When did you first meet? How did you meet? That story is the story of your Friendiversary. First Book is

Posted in Advisory Boards, Authors & Illustrators, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Events, First Book Partners, Volunteers

It’s Almost Friendiversary! Get Your Books Today!

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We see that you have a sad face, because the holidays are over. Luckily, you are as wrong as you could possibly be, because the biggest, best, most excellent, excitingest, fanciest, greatest holiday of them all is on its way.

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Events, Marketplace, Teachers

Reconnecting McDowell: First Book Joins the Effort to Rescue a West Virginia Community

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“Our kids don’t get to have dreams, aspirations, hopes. They can’t even think about college; it’s not in their minds. That’s why these books are so important. Books are the beginning of everything. You learn about other places, you learn

Posted in Education, First Book Events, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Teachers, Volunteers

First Book Goes to Broadway!

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Today’s guest blogger is Laura Geringer, beloved children’s book author and one of First Book’s favorite people. First Book goes to Broadway! It’s gratifying to announce the highly successful completion of the first stage of First Book’s partnership with the

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, First Book Events, Guest Blog Posts

Los Angeles Author Events With Jane Lynch, Dave Barry and Deepak Chopra to Benefit First Book

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If you live in the Los Angeles area, or will be visiting this fall, or are up for a road trip, you’ll have three chances to spend an evening with some amazing authors … and get new books to kids

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, First Book Events, First Book Partners

Country Roads, Take Me Home: First Book Goes All Out for West Virginia Kids

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“Our kids don’t get to have dreams, aspirations, hopes. They can’t even think about college; it’s not in their minds. That’s why these books are so important. Books are the beginning of everything. You learn about other places, you learn

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Events, First Book Partners, Teachers, Volunteers

Opening a Door Where There Never Was a Door Before: First Book and the Kaufman Center

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Today’s guest blogger is Laura Geringer, beloved children’s book author and one of First Book’s favorite people. Last night First Book’s Chandler Arnold and I attended the final exciting performance of Cover to Cover, a lively collection of seven brief

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, First Book Events, Guest Blog Posts, Marketplace

First Book Friday: Summer Learning Day

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In celebration of National Summer Learning Day, First Book was lucky enough to bring 150,000 brand-new books to the National Mall to stuff into backpacks going to children in need all over the country. Seeing the  the hundreds of volunteers that

Posted in Around the First Book Office, Book Distributions, Books & Reading, First Book Events, First Book Friday, Literacy, Philanthropy, Video, Volunteers