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#ReadUP: A Non-Partisan Call-to-Action for Education and Literacy


First Book and Pearson, the world’s learning company, are encouraging America to #ReadUP as part of their campaign dedicated to raising the importance of literacy in the week leading up to Election Day. The campaign will unlock funds for new books to

Posted in Books & Reading, Education and Literacy, First Book News, First Book Partners, Opportunities for You

Competitors or Collaborators? A Q&A with Carol Rasco on How First Book Works with RIF


Carol Rasco, president and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), recently answered some questions about the importance of the long partnership between First Book and RIF. Q: RIF and First Book are sometimes thought of as competitors rather than partners.

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices, Thought Leaders

First Book and RIF Bring One Million New Books to Kids in Need

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RIF and First Book have joined together to distribute one million, brand-new books to programs across the country! The first 250,000 books will be provided to children this holiday season, thanks to support from Macy’s. To further engage parents and

Posted in Books & Reading, Education, First Book Partners, First Book Supporters

Twelve To Shelve

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Today’s blog post is from Jenny Helber. Jenny is a parent volunteer at Bonne Ecole Elementary School located in Slidell, Louisiana. She has created an initiative entitled the ‘Twelve Books program’ at her children’s school. The program ensures that the

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Education, Guest Blog Posts, Literacy, Success Stories

When Life Gives you Lemons…

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You can change the world at any age. Ten-year-old Malaika Abramson has illustrated how she wants to inspire kids to read. The young, savvy entrepreneur created a website entitled “The Reading Lion”, a book recommendation site where purchase links to

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Supporters, Philanthropy, Volunteers

John Merrow: Vocabulary is King

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Today’s guest blog post is from John Merrow, education correspondent for PBS NewsHour and president of Learning Matters. Merrow is also the author of The Influence of Teachers. Recently, while editing a piece for PBS NewsHour about ‘the vocabulary gap’

Posted in Education, Guest Blog Posts, Literacy

First Book Staff Sees Waiting For “Superman”

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Last Thursday, several members of the First Book staff went to see the highly anticipated documentary Waiting for “Superman.” First Book is excited to have worked with Paramount Pictures, Participant Media and Walden Media on the film. From “An Inconvenient

Posted in Around the First Book Office, Literacy, Movies