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Summer Reading: How to Keep Low-Income Students from Falling Behind

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Today’s guest blogger is Cary Hanson, the librarian at Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in Washington D.C. Summer break is approaching … and soon summer reading lists will pop up in classrooms and libraries across the country. As

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First Book in the New York Times: “A Book in Every Home, and Then Some”

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The First Book Marketplace is trying to do for publishing what micro-finance did for banking: crack open a vast potential market that is underserved at significant social cost. The organization’s goal is to democratize book access, but along the way,

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National Library Week!

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April is a big month for literacy; not only do we get to celebrate National Poetry Month and National Bookmobile Day, we also get to celebrate National Library Week! We are especially passionate about libraries at First Book; many books

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October is Learning Disabilities Month

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Since 1985, teachers, parents and other individuals who make a difference in the lives of children and adults with learning disabilities, have taken the month of October to educate the public about dyslexia, ADHD and more.  This month, help spread

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Odds and Bookends: September 10, 2010

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The Funniest Children’s Books by Comedians Reading to kids is a great experience, but when it comes to children’s books, the jokes often fall flat. Thankfully, many of our favorite comedians from Jeff Foxworthy to Jerry Seinfeld are able to

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International Literacy Day

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In 2008, 796 million adults worldwide, 15 years and older, reported not being able to read and write; 64% of them were women.  Additionally, 131 million youth worldwide lacked basic reading and writing skills. To promote awareness and highlight the

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Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Day is just 45 days away!

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First Book’s national nonprofit partner, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record© day is only 45 days away.  This ground breaking campaign brings children and adults together to read the same book, on the same day, in homes and communities all over

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Blog Log: August 21, 2010

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A Novel Idea offers reviews and recommendations for children’s books as well as literacy tips and suggestions for parents and educators. The blog also highlights various children’s books authors and illustrators. First Book’s Post Pick: Mystery Friend Friday: Meet Laura

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Odds and Bookends: August 20, 2010

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt pledges $100,000 in children’s books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has committed $100,000 in new children’s books to school libraries in need if 60,000 people pledge to see Waiting for Superman, a documentary film examining the public education crisis

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Blog Log: August 14, 2010

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The Children’s Book Writer is a great resource for not only writers but also educators and parents. This blog is well-organized and contains interesting links about how to start writing and even literacy tips. First Book’s Post Pick: Books and

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