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‘Link to Libraries’ Connects Education With Basic Needs

Link to Libraries

Since 2008, nonprofit organization Link to Libraries has served kids in need all across Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. President and Co-Founder Susan Jaye-Kaplan helped start the organization to give kids opportunities to explore our world through books and expand their

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Posted in Books & Reading, Inspiring Stories, Make The Most of First Book, Opportunities for You

Use Guided Reading Levels to Find the Perfect Books on the First Book Marketplace

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Use Guided Reading Levels to find the perfect books for every child you serve. Thanks to the feedback from our community of educators, First Book Marketplace users can now utilize our Advanced Search tool to find books with Guided Reading

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Posted in The First Book Marketplace, Using First Book, Using the First Book Marketplace, Video

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

Posted in Using First Book, Using the First Book Marketplace

Disney Imagicademy App Available for Free!

"Disney Imagicademy Launch"

Do you work with kids in need? We’ve got great news for you! Our friends at Disney recently launched an innovative learning experience that encourages kids to learn by interacting with their favorite Disney characters and stories – inspiring a

Posted in First Book Partners, Inside First Book, Opportunities for You

More Than Books for Back to School


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

Posted in Make The Most of First Book, Using First Book

Free Books For Teachers No Matter Where You Live

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I have been signed up with First Book for several years. I teach kindergarten and first grade at Dayton Public Schools in the poverty-stricken inner city of Dayton, Ohio. I get plenty of emails from First Book, but have never

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, Marketplace, National Book Bank, Teachers, Volunteers

Stories For All: Todd Parr – It’s Okay to be Different

Todd Parr's books are now available through First Book

Author, illustrator, and macaroni and cheese aficionado Todd Parr, uses humor and bright illustrations to celebrate the differences that make us all unique. Most of Todd’s books are now available on the First Book Marketplace. First Book recently interviewed Todd

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

First Book and Mind in The Making’s Ellen Galinsky: Reading Time as a Missed Opportunity for Life-Skills Learning

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The following is a guest blog post by Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute and author of ‘Mind in the Making‘. First Book and Mind in The Making have teamed up to create book lists and tip

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices

Help Your Favorite Teacher Get Free and Nearly Free New Books for Back-to-School

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Is there a teacher in your life who works with kids in need? First Book needs your help in connecting 5,000 new teachers, librarians, reading specialists and school administrators with nearly free and free NEW books for back-to-school. Anyone working

Posted in Make The Most of First Book, Opportunities for You, Using First Book

Happy Birthday, Amelia Bedelia! A Q&A With Author, Herman Parish


It’s been 50 years since the original author of Amelia Bedelia, Peggy Parish, debuted the popular children’s book series. Peggy passed away in 1988 but her Amelia Bedelia legacy lives on. Herman Parish, Peggy’s nephew, took over the series after

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Expert Voices