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Six years ago, Sue Resnick and Liz Frankel started the Cottage Kids Read program at the Pleasantville Cottage School. While volunteering at the school they noticed something that struck them. There weren’t any books to read for pleasure in the

Posted in Books & Reading, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, Opportunities for You

Cathy Was My Best Friend. Here’s How I Honored Her.

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Judy Willner is an educator and writing skills teacher for elementary school students in Philadelphia. When she lost her closest friend Cathy earlier this year, Judy decided the best way to honor her would be to set up a First

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Now Faster and Easier to Use: Your First Book Marketplace

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Drumroll please… Today, we introduce to you the newly redesigned First Book Marketplace. Updated with your needs in mind, your First Book Marketplace is now faster and simpler to use. Powerful new search capabilities and an improved navigation menu make

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Books Gave Him A Sense of Home – Even When He Didn’t Have One

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Today’s guess blogger is Melissa Spradlin, Executive Director of Book’em in Nashville, TN. I want to tell you about Ben. From our first meeting, Ben had an extraordinary connection with books. Every time we met to read together, he chose

Posted in Inspiring Stories, Your Stories

Goodnight Moon: Making a Classic Bedtime Story Available to Bilingual Readers for the First Time

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For generations, American families have gathered together to read the cherished children’s book, Goodnight Moon, as part of their bedtime routine. Today, with Harper Collins Children’s Books, we are making the iconic title accessible to millions more families in a

Posted in Inside First Book, Using First Book

Welcoming We Give Books to the First Book Family

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We can’t keep it a secret any longer! As of today, We Give Books has a new home at First Book. The online platform, which features nearly 300 digitally-optimized children’s books, enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books

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187 Reasons Why a Teacher Needs Books

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Today’s guest blogger, Sarah Kilway, wrote to us after receiving hundreds of new books for her students. We couldn’t resist sharing her story with you. I teach 187 kids at Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center in Indianapolis, IN. The majority

Posted in Education, Inspiring Stories, National Book Bank, Teachers, Your Stories

My Kids Need Books

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Today’s guest blogger, Adara Robbins, is 8th grade teacher at YES Prep Southwest, a public charter school in Houston, Texas. Where do you see yourself in five years? It’s a tough question. But imagine trying to answer if you didn’t

Posted in Education, Inspiring Stories, Literacy, Teachers, Your Stories

Books Strengthen Family Bonds

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Lydia sat with her two children in the waiting room. Her eldest read aloud from his new book, pausing every now and again to teach his mother and younger sister how to say the words in English. His little sister

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More Than Books for Back to School

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Yesterday marked the first day of school for many kids across the country. And from Sacramento to Savannah, classroom shelves were stocked and backpacks stuffed to the brim with brand new books from First Book. For over 20 years, we’ve

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