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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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How Educators Use Tablets

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Tablets provide many opportunities to engage a child in interactive learning. But for educators in under-resourced schools and programs, such technology is often out of reach. Thanks to a partnership with Blackboard Inc., many schools and programs were able to

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The Impact Report

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Your support has a huge impact in the lives of the educators, program leaders and the children they serve. That’s why we are excited to share our latest Impact Report with you. In the report, you’ll learn about the challenges

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How Educators Use Books from First Book

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  Educators and program leaders have many uses for the books they receive from First Book – filling library shelves, inspiring excitement in reluctant readers and engaging parents in their child’s learning. They even give children books of their own

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Back to Basics

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For 23 years, we’ve been committed to promoting educational equality for kids in need. We’ve seen the tremendous impact books have on children’s lives. But many children need far more than books to learn and succeed. An overwhelming number of

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Educators say this about First Book…

best educators they can be

A new school year is upon us. And as always, it’s critical that teachers and program leaders have the right tools, so that they can succeed. According to a recent First Book survey, the books they get from First Book

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Increase Your Students’ Interest in Reading

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              When kids receive new books, their faces light up, they cherish their books and keep them by their side at all times. Without any prompting from their teachers, they trade books with one

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A Year-Round Need for Books

Books Year Round

Summer is almost here. But that doesn’t mean teachers, program leaders and the kids they serve don’t need books. Kids need books year-round, and this is especially true in the summer. During the school year, kids rely on their classroom

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Happy National Reading Month!

Lifelong love of reading graphic FINAL

March is National Reading Month, and the educators and programs leaders we serve hope their kids will develop a love of reading that lasts a lifetime. 93 percent of respondents in a recent First Book survey* hope their kids will

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