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Matt Damon (and his Mom) Sticks Up for Teachers

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A teacher wants to teach. I mean, why else would you take a @#$%^& salary and really long hours and do that job unless you really love to do it? — Matt Damon Lots of people have been sending us

Posted in Education, Teachers, Video

When I graduate, I will …

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Students from First Book programs around the country recently sent us video essays finishing the important phrase “When I graduate, I will …” We loved all the submissions, but our favorite was this one, from Harvey Milk High School in

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Education, Video

Goodreads Has Millions of Readers and First Book Has Millions of Books … Hmmm …

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We’re excited to announce that First Book has joined forces with Goodreads, one of the largest online communities of readers, to bring more books to more children this summer. This summer the Goodreads community will be reading ‘A Visit from

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Video

First Book Friday: Summer Learning Day

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In celebration of National Summer Learning Day, First Book was lucky enough to bring 150,000 brand-new books to the National Mall to stuff into backpacks going to children in need all over the country. Seeing the  the hundreds of volunteers that

Posted in Around the First Book Office, Book Distributions, Books & Reading, First Book Events, First Book Friday, Literacy, Philanthropy, Video, Volunteers

Chris Draft and Summer Reading

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Veteran NFL Linebacker Chris Draft has been one of First Book’s biggest supporters. His energy, enthusiasm and passion are infectious, and we’re grateful that his organization, The Chris Draft Family Foundation, has partnered with First Book to promote childhood literacy

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Guest Blog Posts, Literacy, Philanthropy, Video

It’s Our 19th Birthday!

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It’s our 19th birthday today and we couldn’t be more excited!  Thanks to the support of our donors, partners, and volunteers, we have given over 80 million books to children in need. We are grateful to all of our supporters

Posted in Books & Reading, Literacy, Video

First Book featured on Comcast Local Edition

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Joan Sahlgren, Vice President of Communications, recently sat down with Comcast Local Edition’s Donna Richardson to talk about First Book, our mission and our innovative model that brings millions of new books to children in need across the country. The

Posted in First Book Partners, General, Literacy, Video

First Book Founder Kyle Zimmer Shares Stage with World Leaders

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Our own social entrepreneur and founder, Kyle Zimmer, joined world leaders in Davos for the World Economic Forum last week. She presented an IdeasLab primer on the First Book Marketplace, in a session moderated by J. Gregory Dees, Professor, Practice

Posted in Marketplace, Nonprofit Technology, Social Entrepreneurship, Video

Books Are Great Gifts

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Just in case you needed any more reasons to be convinced why books are great gifts, our friends at the Association of American Publishers have asked some of the most popular and prolific authors to share their reasons why books

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Video

Today’s Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!

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First Book is proud to announce that select meteorologists across the country from Boston to Los Angeles participated in The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Challenge issued by Today meteorologist Al Roker. The challenge, in celebration of today’s release

Posted in Books & Reading, Video