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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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Encouraging Literacy & Leadership with Games

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We recently had the opportunity to speak with Lisa Holton, president of Classroom, Inc. – a nonprofit that develops literacy and leadership skills for middle school students in high-poverty communities. The organization provides support for educators and works to put

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Powerful Partnerships Provide Books & More For Florida Kids

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Like many First Book stories, this one begins with a successful partnership. A partnership that, for many years, has helped First Book raise the bar for kids in need with new, quality books both at school and at home. The

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Changing Communities with Books: The Citizen Power Project

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In November, First Book and its partners the American Federation of Teachers and the Albert Shanker Institute presented the Citizen Power Project; a challenge to educators nationwide to identify, plan, and implement a civic engagement project important to their students,

Posted in Books & Reading, Diversity, Family Engagement, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories

NFL Alumni Charlie Brown Helps First Book, Operation Warm Make Impact in Chicago

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In October, First Book teamed up with Operation Warm and the Chicago Housing Authority to bring new books and new coats to kids living in Chicago’s public housing. The event promised to bring together organizations like First Book and individuals

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Celebrating Veterans Day with Stories

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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,

Posted in Concierge Services, First Book Partners, Impact Stories

#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

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Using the Power of Pizza to Transform Lives Through Literacy

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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

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

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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