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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

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, KPMG

One Campaign. A Lasting Culture of Reading.

Cottage Kids Read

Six years ago, Sue Resnick and Liz Frankel started the Cottage Kids Read program at the Pleasantville Cottage School. While volunteering at the school they noticed something that struck them. There weren’t any books to read for pleasure in the

Posted in Books & Reading, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, Opportunities for You

Meet Keondra, A Formerly Reluctant Reader

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I want to tell you a story about Keondra. In a few days, Keondra will start second grade at Harrowgate Elementary School in Chester, Virginia. She cannot wait to be back in the classroom. When she began elementary school, Keondra

Posted in Impact Stories, Your Stories

“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

Kids Are Eager to Read: Just Add Books

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First Book was part of all kinds of great events across the country for Read Across America Day on Friday, including a tremendous partnership in the city of Newark. Working with some great local nonprofits, we were able to provide

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Events, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Volunteers

She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain

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Dear First Book, Thank you for giving us the books. We really like them. You guys have the best books ever because my little sister loves these books. I like the ‘Nancy Drew Goes to Hollywood’ one. Your books are

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Impact Stories, Marketplace, National Book Bank, Teachers

“It was too noisy at my house and I knew if I came to school I could find a quiet place to finish it.”

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Posted in Book Recipients, Impact Stories

Reconnecting McDowell: First Book Joins the Effort to Rescue a West Virginia Community

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“Our kids don’t get to have dreams, aspirations, hopes. They can’t even think about college; it’s not in their minds. That’s why these books are so important. Books are the beginning of everything. You learn about other places, you learn

Posted in Education, First Book Events, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Teachers, Volunteers