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Stories For All: Todd Parr – It’s Okay to be Different

Todd Parr's books are now available through First Book

Author, illustrator, and macaroni and cheese aficionado Todd Parr, uses humor and bright illustrations to celebrate the differences that make us all unique. Most of Todd’s books are now available on the First Book Marketplace. First Book recently interviewed Todd

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, First Book Supporters

How a Mortgage Bank Makes It Possible for Kids to Have New Books

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Every year, First Book provides close to ten million brand-new books to local schools and community programs across the country. To make that happen, we rely on the generosity of thousands of individual donors, grants from charitable foundations, and the

Posted in Advisory Boards, Education, First Book Partners, First Book Supporters, Literacy, Philanthropy, Volunteers

Operation Bookitecture!

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KPMG’s Family for Literacy brightened the holiday season for children across the country by bringing more than 49,000 brand new books to children in need as part of their firm-wide community service project, Operation Bookitecture. This was no ordinary book

Posted in Book Structures, First Book Partners, First Book Supporters, KPMG

Pi Beta Phi Brings Books About Great American Women to Kids in Need

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This past November, First Book’s partner, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, celebrated their 100-year commitment to literacy service. To honor the momentous occasion, the Fraternity donated a special Pi Beta Phi edition of “Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American

Posted in First Book Partners, First Book Supporters, Marketplace

You Made This Happen: 213,802 Books in the Hands of Kids

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That’s right. Thanks to everyone who donated to First Book over the holiday season – and thanks to a generous matching offer from our friends at Disney – First Book was able to provide 213,802 brand-new, high-quality books to schools

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, First Book Supporters

Our Big Year Together

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Happy holidays, from everyone at First Book! We had a big year here at First Book! I want to let you know everything we accomplished this year, and ask for your support as we continue our work to transform education

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Supporters, Kyle Zimmer, Success Stories

[INFOGRAPHIC] First Book’s Big Year

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* Click on the graphic to see a bigger, snazzier version. Learn more about how First Book provides new books to kids in need, and how you can get involved, at

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Supporters, Success Stories, Volunteers

“Never Donate to a Shady Nonprofit Again”

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The Social Impact 100 index will make sure you never donate to a shady nonprofit again. By setting a rigorous set of criteria, the index makes sure that it only includes organizations that are using your money to make a

Posted in First Book Supporters, Philanthropy

A Bucket Full of Change

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Hurricane Sandy caused much devastation to the East Coast. Families lost their homes, buildings were heavily damaged and countless children, families and schools lost libraries full of books. The students at Union Elementary School in Farmington, CT, decided to take

Posted in Book Relief, First Book Supporters, Philanthropy

First Book and RIF Bring One Million New Books to Kids in Need

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RIF and First Book have joined together to distribute one million, brand-new books to programs across the country! The first 250,000 books will be provided to children this holiday season, thanks to support from Macy’s. To further engage parents and

Posted in Books & Reading, Education, First Book Partners, First Book Supporters