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Books-A-Go Go & First Book: 10 Years Later, One Million Books

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“I had no idea what I was doing,” says Betty Metz, Founder and President of Books-A-Go-Go. Luckily for kids in Jacksonville, FL and later all over the world, she figured it out. During the past 10 years Betty and Books-A-Go

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Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Hear From Fellow Educators, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, Success Stories, Your Stories

First Book and Partners Respond to Hurricane Harvey

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All of us at First Book are deeply saddened to see the horrendous flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts are especially with our First Book family: the thousands of Gulf Coast-area educators we serve, their students, and

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Posted in Book Relief, Books & Reading, First Book, First Book News, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, More Than Books

How To Fundraise For Books & Resources With First Book: “The Main Event”

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This will require planning, support, and input from your school/program community. Whether you opt for a bake sale, selling concessions during a school event or something more creative, there are plenty of options to generate funds to purchase the resources you

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Seeding Book Deserts with Diverse Books

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It is the mission of Project LIT Community to not only bring diverse books to areas low in resources, but to celebrate diverse books in schools and communities everywhere. “In East Nashville, it’s more likely that you’ll find a fast

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Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Diversity, Education and Literacy, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, Stories for All, Stories For All Project

Books for Kids and Hope for a Community

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In Forsyth County, North Carolina, H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) of Winston-Salem knows there are people in the community who care about kids. H.O.P.E.’s mission is to use community-wide volunteer support to bring nutritious weekend meals to children who are

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Posted in Books & Reading, Expert Voices, Family Engagement, First Book, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, More Than Books, Stories for All

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

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

Andrea Davis Pinkney on Connecting the African American and Jewish American Experience

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First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer recently sat down with award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney for a conversation about her latest book, A Poem for Peter — a book she describes as her “love letter” to Ezra Jack Keats, creator

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Diversity, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, Poetry Month, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Thought Leaders

Students as Agents of Lasting Change: The Citizen Power Project

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“The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically…Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Jr., “The Purpose of Education”, 1947 Today is Martin Luther

Posted in Books & Reading, Family Engagement, First Book, From Educators For Educators, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories

How One Book Got the 2nd Grade Hooked

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At McBee Elementary School in Austin, TX teachers are always looking for ways to help students share ideas and connect. That is especially true for librarian Heather Stephens. She sees hundreds of students from different grade levels, all with various

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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