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Announcing the First Book Needs Index

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We at First Book are proud to announce the First Book Needs Index: a new research tool that works to combine public and proprietary data in new ways in order to identify areas lacking resources and affecting kids in need. An interactive and dynamic

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Día Means Diversity in Action in 2017

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Children’s Day, Book Day/El Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros (known as Día) is the annual celebration of bookjoy created by children’s book author Pat Mora. The nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children,

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Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Celebrate Hispanic Heritage, Diversity, Family Engagement, Make The Most of First Book, Opportunities for You, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Tips and Resources

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

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First Book Concierge Services: A Helping Hand For Large Orders

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We know how hard our members work for the kids they serve, their schools or programs, and their communities. The First Book Network strives every day to put high-quality, diverse books into the hands of kids in need — books

Posted in Books & Reading, Concierge Services, How to Use First Book Resouces, Make The Most of First Book, Opportunities for You, Tips and Resources, Using the First Book Marketplace

‘Link to Libraries’ Connects Education With Basic Needs

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Since 2008, nonprofit organization Link to Libraries has served kids in need all across Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. President and Co-Founder Susan Jaye-Kaplan helped start the organization to give kids opportunities to explore our world through books and expand their

Posted in Books & Reading, Inspiring Stories, Make The Most of First Book, Opportunities for You

How to Use the First Book Marketplace: Wishlists, the Dashboard and Popular Topics

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Once you’ve registered and logged into the First Book Marketplace there are so many new features to explore! As we’ve shown, you’ll find new navigation and menus.  You can use gift cards and promotional codes. But you’ll also find a

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How To Use the First Book Marketplace: Making Purchases, Using Gift Cards and Promotional Codes

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You’ve learned how to navigate the newly redesigned First Book Marketplace. You’ve searched for the books, school supplies and basic needs items you need for your classroom or program and now want to purchase them. What’s next? First, you’ll want

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Five Fun Ideas to Celebrate Día de los niños, Día de los libros

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Are you celebrating Día this year? We have five fun ideas to fuel your celebration planning. In its 20th year, Children’s Day, Book Day/El día de los niños, Día de los libros (known as Día) is the annual celebration of

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One Story to Engage ELL Families: The Wednesday Surprise

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Last week, we featured Roxana Barillas, Director of Hispanic Engagement at First Book. She shared her thoughts on the ways educators can connect with ELL families. This week, Roxana shares one book from  Build Strong Families With Stories that can

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Ways Educators Can Connect With ELL Families

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Today’s guest blogger is Roxana Barillas, Director of Hispanic Engagement at First Book. When I came to the U.S. from El Salvador at age 12, I had no knowledge of English and jumped right into a new school. My mom

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