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Celebrating Veterans Day with Stories


To celebrate Veterans Day and honor our United States service members, we would like to highlight First Book’s partnership with United Through Reading (UTR), a nonprofit public benefit organization dedicated to uniting military families through shared reading experiences. Every quarter,

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Posted in First Book Partners, Impact Stories

#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

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

Using the Power of Pizza to Transform Lives Through Literacy

Kids Reading, Pizza Hut

What could bring together teachers, community organizations and hungry friends of First Book? Answer: Pizza! First Book is proud to partner with Pizza Hut and excited to take part in their new 10-year campaign, Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project. When

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Posted in Books & Reading, First Book News, First Book Partners, Literacy

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

Girl with dog

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

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, KPMG

770 Pounds of Dreams for His Students

Malik classroom photo

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!

mom reading to daughter inside

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

Read and Act

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

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

Teaching Good Character with Books

reading into character

  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

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

Books that Teach Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration


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

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