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Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorite New Books of 2016

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As the year comes to a close, we here at First Book like to reflect on the things we did, the people we met, and (most of all) the books we read. Here are a few of our favorite children’s

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Happy Read Across America Day!

Happy Read Across America Day!
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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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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

One Cake, Two Cakes, Cat Cake, Hat Cake

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Guess who has a supporting role in an upcoming episode of CAKE BOSS?  That’s right – First Book!  Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the Cat in the Hat worked alongside CAKE BOSS Buddy Valastro to help bring thousands of books

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Events, First Book Partners

Kids Are Eager to Read: Just Add Books

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First Book was part of all kinds of great events across the country for Read Across America Day on Friday, including a tremendous partnership in the city of Newark. Working with some great local nonprofits, we were able to provide

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Let’s Read Across America!

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Happy Read Across America Day! NEA’s Read Across America Day is the largest reading event in the nation and a reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved

Posted in Books & Reading

We (Heart) Dr. Seuss

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The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. Happy birthday to Dr. Seuss, from all your friends at First Book! What did YOU do to celebrate Read

Posted in Around the First Book Office, Books & Reading

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.

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

Four Simple Steps to Gear Up for ‘Read Across America Day’

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Today’s guest blogger is Anita Merina, the National Coordinator for ‘Read Across America’, a National Education Association initiative. Every year on March 2nd educators, parents, grandparents, athletes, actors, politicians, and kids join together for Read Across America Day to celebrate

Posted in Books & Reading