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Pride, Books, and More with TFA’s Tim’m West

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With Pride Month already in full-swing, we recently had the chance to speak with Tim’m West, Senior Managing Director of Teach For America’s LGBTQ Community Initiative. We wanted to share his insights on advocating for and supporting LGBTQ youth, both

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Posted in Books & Reading, Diversity, Expert Voices, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Thought Leaders, Tips and Resources

Your Needs, Your Marketplace

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We continually ask educators what it is they need the most for the children they serve. We recently surveyed members of the First Book community of educators who are working with kids over the summer about what resources they’ll need

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Posted in Books & Reading, Education and Literacy, From Educators For Educators, Hear From Fellow Educators, How to Use First Book Resouces, Inside First Book, Opportunities for You, Our Recommendations, Summer Reading, Tips and Resources, Using First Book, Using the First Book Marketplace

The Magic of Día: A Conversation with Author Lupe Ruiz-Flores

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The celebration of Día, or El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), can happen every day, but traditionally culminates each year on April 30th. This nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for children

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Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Celebrate Hispanic Heritage, Diversity, Expert Voices, Literacy, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Thought Leaders, Tips and Resources

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

Tools of the Mind: Teaching Children Self-Regulation through Play

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Today’s guest blog post is by Dr. Deborah Leong, Executive Director of Tools of the Mind, and coauthor with Dr. Elena Bodrova of “Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education”, and Barbara Wilder-Smith, Director of Content

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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

Take Your Imagination On Vacation

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Children don’t need planes, trains and automobiles to be transported to different countries, different worlds or even different points of view. All it takes is an engaged imagination and the right resources and they can explore the far-off corners of

Posted in Books & Reading, How to Use First Book Resouces, Tips and Resources

Make Time to Play!

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Today’s kids are playing less than any other generation. Play is losing out to TV, recess times have declined and many children in low-income communities lack safe spaces to run, jump and be active. But play is essential to kids’

Posted in Tips and Resources, Using the First Book Marketplace

How To Keep Kids Learning At Your Summer Meal Site

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Want to keep kids’ minds and bellies full while they are out of school this summer? If you provide summer meals to children from low-income communities through USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, you can access books, basic needs items and

Posted in Tips and Resources, Using First Book

Celebrate Mother’s Day: Read a Book Together!

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Looking for a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day? Read a book together! The books below are just some of the books identified by Search Institute that model behaviors that make families stronger: collaborating, encouraging and exploring. After reading them,

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