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Posts written by guest bloggers and friends of First Book.

First Book turns 25!

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First Book is celebrating 25 years of bringing books and resources to kids in need! From a simple effort that began in 1992 with a handful of books and some spare time, we have grown into a social enterprise that

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Posted in Around the First Book Office, Books & Reading, First Book, First Book Events, First Book News, Guest Blog Posts, Impact Stories, Inside First Book, Inspiring Stories, Kyle Zimmer

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

Posted in Expert Voices, First Book Partners, For educators, Guest Blog Posts, How to Use First Book Resouces, Make The Most of First Book, Marketplace, Opportunities for You, Thought Leaders

Tools of the Mind: Teaching Children Self-Regulation through Play

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Today’s guest blog post is by Dr. Deborah Leong, Executive Director of Tools of the Mind, and coauthor with Dr. Elena Bodrova of “Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education”, and Barbara Wilder-Smith, Director of Content

Posted in Expert Voices, Guest Blog Posts, Thought Leaders, Tips and Resources

“Tap, Click, Read” Toolkit – Promoting Early Literacy in a World of Screens

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The following is a guest blog post from Michael H. Levine & Lisa Guernsey, authors of the book Tap, Click, Read. Kids today use a wide variety of tools to learn. How do educators adapt teaching tactics to effectively use modern day tools?

Posted in Education, Guest Blog Posts, How to Use First Book Resouces, Literacy, Opportunities for You, The First Book Marketplace, Using First Book, Using the First Book Marketplace

Books Beat Summer Slide

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Classrooms packed, desks emptied, another school year is coming to a close. Summertime is on the horizon and for kids, that means three precious months of sweet, sticky freedom. But when kids from low-income families leave school for the summer,

Posted in Books & Reading, Success Stories, Summer Reading

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

Breakfast With Santa

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Santa may have been busy this holiday season but that didn’t stop him from visiting Los Molinos Unified School District to deliver books to many kids. Students from Los Molinos Elementary School and four other schools in the Northern California area

Posted in Books & Reading, Education, Literacy, 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 firstbook.org.

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

“They held onto those books like little treasures.”

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I wanted to take the opportunity to let you know that the books we received from your organization last spring were appreciated more than I can possibly convey. I work for the University of Texas at Dallas and we hold

Posted in Book Recipients, Education, Impact Stories, Success Stories

And the winner is …

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This morning at Martha’s Table, an amazing community program serving homeless families in Washington DC, First Book distributed our 100 millionth brand-new book. (Check out this great story on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.) That’s not a typo. Since

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Events, Kyle Zimmer, Social Entrepreneurship, Success Stories, Volunteers