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Why I Wanted to be An Author

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When I was a little kid, I wanted to be an author because I wanted to find one of my books on the library shelves.  Seriously, that was my dream: a big “PE” (for PERL) sticker on the spine and

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Education, First Book Events

Happy Birthday, Mr. Schu!

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Today’s blog post is by Erica Perl, First Book’s director of publisher relations and the author of many delightful children’s books. This Sunday is a very special day. It is the birthday of a friend of First Book and of

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading

When Life Gives You O.J.

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First Book’s own Erica Perl, Director of Publisher Relations at First Book, is also an award-winning children’s book author. Her most recent effort, When Life Gives You O.J., is her first middle grade novel and was called “a must read for

Posted in Around the First Book Office, Books & Reading

It’s Children’s Book Week! Woot!

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Welcome to Children’s Book Week! We love children’s books, here at First Book, as you might imagine. That’s we have distributed over 80 million of them to kids from low-income neighborhoods. But, honestly, we also just get excited about great

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading

The Story of First Book

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A collection of our favorite authors and illustrators sat down to help us tell the story of First Book: The Story of First Book from First Book on Vimeo.

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading

What Tashinee the Intern is Up to at First Book

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Tashinee Hooks is an intern at First Book and a former student at Wheatley Elementary School, a First Book recipient group. Here’s what Tashinee had to say about how her experiences at Wheatley Elementary prepared her for high school and

Posted in Guest Blog Posts

Vote for the 2010 Trailee Awards

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From now until October 22nd, take part in the School Library Journal’s first-ever Trailee Awards for book trailers! These awards will go to the best book trailers in several categories, including trailers that were created by kids themselves. Just like

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Online Auctions “Leave A Mark” on Children’s Lives

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What started as an intrepid idea from two bloggers has become an effective fundraiser generating new books for kids in need. First Book is pleased to announce that the “Leave A Mark” auctions featuring books “marked up” with notes from

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Philanthropy

Odds and Bookends: December 18

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“Leave a Mark” online auction – Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl The latest offering in the “Leave a Mark” auctions benefiting First Book is a marked-up copy of First Book staff member and author extraordinaire, Erica Perl’s Vintage Veronica.

Posted in Books & Reading, Literacy Links and Articles

Meet the First Book staff: Erica P.

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Meet the staff members that make the First Book magic possible! Name: Erica Perl Where is your hometown? Burlington, VT What do you do at First Book? I am the Director of the First Book Marketplace and National Book Bank. 

Posted in Around the First Book Office, Authors & Illustrators, First Book Partners