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Sit, Stay, Read: Kids & Canines Learning Literacy Skills Together

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The canine volunteers at SitStayRead visit classrooms in some of Chicago’s most troubled neighborhoods. The elementary school students they meet often juggle more responsibilities than most kids their age, so learning to read can seem like an extra chore. “If

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770 Pounds of Dreams for His Students

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It started with one spelling word. “Beach.” Malik Ray, a first-time second grade teacher in Atlanta, GA, taught his students their new spelling words by projecting a photo and having students guess the word before putting it in their notebooks.

Posted in First Book Partners, Inspiring Stories, Your Stories

Celebrate Mother’s Day: Read a Book Together!

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Looking for a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day? Read a book together! The books below are just some of the books identified by Search Institute that model behaviors that make families stronger: collaborating, encouraging and exploring. After reading them,

Posted in First Book Partners, Tips and Resources, Using First Book

Your Students Can Make a Difference in Their Communities

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Use these great books to get your students them thinking about how they can make a difference in their communities. These activities, paired with stories, help students use their own skills and passion to take action. For more tips and

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Teaching Good Character with Books

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  Stories can help children to develop into responsible, caring and contributing citizens. Use the activities for each book below to teach good character traits like kindness, self-control and perseverance to your students. To view all the books chosen and

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Books that Teach Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration

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Creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration are critical skills for children to learn so they can succeed in today’s world. Use the books below and the guided questions to teach these concepts found in each story. You’ll find a well-known

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Activities to Spark Conversation Between Adults and Children

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Books are great tools for sparking conversation between adults and children. They can inspire conversation and activities around a diverse range of topics, including feelings, imagination and different family structures. These conversations can help you share lessons with students and

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Is Your Family Up for the Challenge?

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Parents and caretakers play a critical role in kids becoming readers. By enjoying stories together, parents can help children learn to love reading right in their own homes! First Book is always eager to share opportunities that encourage families to

Posted in First Book Partners, Opportunities for You, Using First Book

Win 100,000 books for kids in your state

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What can 100,000 stories do for children in need in your state? Disney has donated a record 50 million books to First Book. To celebrate, Disney, ABC and First Book are giving you a chance to bring thousands of books

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Shelves Filled with Books of All Sizes And Colors

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Today’s Guest Blogger is Susan Brunecz, an Instructional Coach at Paul L. Dunbar Academy in Cleveland, Ohio. When our students entered their classes on the first day of school two weeks ago, a roar of excitement erupted! They had just

Posted in First Book Partners, Inspiring Stories, Your Stories