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Cottage Kids Read

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

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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

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

One Million Books Available Now for Schools and Programs in States Affected by Hurricane Sandy

One Million Books from First Book for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Since Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast last fall, First Book has been working to help local schools, community programs and families rebuild their lost libraries. Now, thanks to our friends at Random House, we have the resources to rebuild

Posted in First Book Partners, Opportunities for You

First Book Supports 50,000 Local Schools and Community Programs. (Yes! 50,000!)

50,000 Local Schools and Community Programs in the First Book Network

Last year First Book made it a goal to reach more kids in need by doubling the number of local schools and community programs in our national network, from 25,000 to 50,000. We’ve reached that number! Over 50,000 Title I

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Will YOUR KIDS Have Books for ‘Read Across America’ Day?

Chandler Arnold, First Book's executive vice-president, with a student from Belmont Runyon Elementary school in Newark, NJ, at a ‘Read Across America’ event last year.

Read Across America Day is fast approaching; on March 1, children across the country will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday by reading ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and other childhood favorites. But, as much as we love Dr. Seuss, the READING

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OMG Books! How First Book is Putting Half a Million Dollars on the Table to Make Sure Kids Get the Books They Need.

The First Book Marketplace

UPDATE: So many publishers have expressed interest that we’ve extended the deadline for proposals until Friday, Feb. 8 at 9 pm ET. (If you’re a publisher and have already submitted materials, feel free to make changes and send it back

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[INFOGRAPHIC] First Book’s Big Year

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* Click on the graphic to see a bigger, snazzier version. Learn more about how First Book provides new books to kids in need, and how you can get involved, at

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Supporters, Success Stories, Volunteers

Help First Book Get Over One Million Books to Kids in Need. Yes, You! Right now!

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The end of the year is approaching fast, and that means First Book gets lots of great, high-quality book donations from the many wonderful publishers we work with. Which is terrific; we love books. But when we have this many

Posted in Book Distributions, National Book Bank

Make Your Mark Week! Pledge to Read Books and First Book Will Donate Five New Books

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It’s Make Your Mark Week! The fine folks at generationOn host this annual event to inspire and mobilize young people to use their energy, ingenuity and compassion to make their mark on the world through hands-on service. During Make Your

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First Book Brings 150,000 Books to Kids in Need for Summer Reading

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Today is not only the official first day of summer, it’s also National Summer Learning Day. First Book couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by bringing 150,000 brand-new books to the National Mall to stuff into backpacks

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Literacy, Volunteers