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Our Big Year Together

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Happy holidays, from everyone at First Book! We had a big year here at First Book! I want to let you know everything we accomplished this year, and ask for your support as we continue our work to transform education

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Supporters, Kyle Zimmer, Success Stories

And the winner is …

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This morning at Martha’s Table, an amazing community program serving homeless families in Washington DC, First Book distributed our 100 millionth brand-new book. (Check out this great story on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.) That’s not a typo. Since

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Events, Kyle Zimmer, Social Entrepreneurship, Success Stories, Volunteers

Civic Consumption: What It Is and How You Can Do It.

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At First Book, everything we do is focused on putting new books into the hands of kids in need; that’s the big idea. But there are some other important ideas that go into that. One of these is the concept

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

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

Posted in Education, Kyle Zimmer, Literacy, Social Entrepreneurship

Teachers Join Forces With First Book: Weingarten Challenges AFT Members to Give Five Million Books to Kids in Need

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This is our new challenge. Today I am calling on AFT members to partner with First Book to distribute five million new books this year to students in need. — Randi Weingarten, AFT president First Book was in Detroit over

Posted in Books & Reading, Education, First Book Partners, Kyle Zimmer, Teachers

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

New Books! First Book Joins Forces With Cincinnati Teachers

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“We’re taking a stand with our friends at the American Federation of Teachers to make sure kids in Cincinnati get the help they need — from all of us — to succeed. More than anyone, teachers understand the transformative power

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Partners, Kyle Zimmer, Teachers

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

Creating Success Stories for 20 Years

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Twenty years ago I was volunteering every week at a soup kitchen in Washington, D.C., where I met the most amazing children and families. As I got to know them, I saw how much they had to struggle, but I

Posted in Advisory Boards, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Social Entrepreneurship, Teachers, Volunteers

What Is Social Entrepreneurship? (And Why First Book Is Such a Good Example)

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A social entrepreneur is someone who sees a social problem — like hunger, homelessness or lack of access to clean water — and looks for ways to solve it. Unlike more traditional business entrepreneurs, who are trying to generate profits,

Posted in Education, Kyle Zimmer, Literacy, Social Entrepreneurship