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“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?

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187 Reasons Why a Teacher Needs Books

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Today’s guest blogger, Sarah Kilway, wrote to us after receiving hundreds of new books for her students. We couldn’t resist sharing her story with you. I teach 187 kids at Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center in Indianapolis, IN. The majority

Posted in Education, Inspiring Stories, National Book Bank, Teachers, Your Stories

My Kids Need Books


Today’s guest blogger, Adara Robbins, is 8th grade teacher at YES Prep Southwest, a public charter school in Houston, Texas. Where do you see yourself in five years? It’s a tough question. But imagine trying to answer if you didn’t

Posted in Education, Inspiring Stories, Literacy, Teachers, Your Stories

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

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

Why I Wanted to be An Author

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When I was a little kid, I wanted to be an author because I wanted to find one of my books on the library shelves.  Seriously, that was my dream: a big “PE” (for PERL) sticker on the spine and

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Education, First Book Events

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

“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

Work With Kids in Need? First Book Will Hook You Up

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Hey! Do you work with kids in need? If so, then we have thousands of brand-new books for you! Spanish, English and even bilingual titles for kids ranging from ages 4-18 are now available through First Book. If you’re looking

Posted in Books & Reading, Education, Literacy, National Book Bank, Teachers

Lots of Noise, But No One in the Room

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“There is a great deal of noise on the stairs but nobody comes into the room.” — John F. Kennedy President Kennedy was referencing a Chinese proverb when he said that, making the point that it was easy to talk

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