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Pirates, Ninjas, Dinosaurs, Etc.

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Kids need books! Without books, children miss out on the chance to become strong readers and successful students – especially children from low-income families. And kids don’t just need any old books. They need books that they’ll want to read.

Posted in Books & Reading, Marketplace

Ride, Sally Ride

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First Book would like to send our condolences to the friends and family of Sally Ride, the 1st U.S. woman in space, who died of pancreatic cancer yesterday. In spite of being one of a very elite group of people who’ve been

Posted in Books & Reading, Marketplace, STEM

How We Can Change the World by Buying Things … Together

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A single consumer isn’t able to change much about how a given company does business. But when thousands of customers join together and speak with a single voice, corporate leaders pay attention and make changes – whether it’s revising business

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Kyle Zimmer, Marketplace, Social Entrepreneurship

How First Book Helped Save the MLK Day Parade

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Because of First Book, over 4,000 students are happy that they know about Dr. Martin L. King Jr., his legacy and love of literature. In the words of Dr. King, thank you for seeking happiness for others. Your continued support

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Marketplace

Cricket, Ladybug, Spider and More: First Book Brings Award-Winning Children’s Magazines to Kids in Need

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Exciting news! First Book will now be offering Cricket and other award-winning kid’s magazines to the 27,000 schools and programs in our national network. Thanks to our friends at ePals, we’ll be able to offer their full range of children’s

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Kyle Zimmer, Marketplace

Book of the Month: Barefoot World Atlas

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Our book of the month on the First Book Marketplace is the Barefoot World Atlas, which looks at all the ways that different cultures and communities across the world have been shaped by their environment. “Two years ago, our girls

Posted in Book of the Month, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Marketplace, Teachers

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

We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You

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We had a great year at First Book, thanks to the help of supporters like you. Together, we’re transforming the lives of millions of children in need by ensuring they have new books of their own to read. I want

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Kyle Zimmer, Marketplace, National Book Bank, Teachers, Volunteers

It’s Almost Friendiversary! Get Your Books Today!

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We see that you have a sad face, because the holidays are over. Luckily, you are as wrong as you could possibly be, because the biggest, best, most excellent, excitingest, fanciest, greatest holiday of them all is on its way.

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Events, Marketplace, Teachers

BIG NEWS from First Book! We’ve Launched a Major Upgrade to the First Book Marketplace

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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.” — David Bornstein, The New York Times, May 2011 We’re excited to

Posted in Book Recipients, Marketplace, Social Entrepreneurship