Blog Archives

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

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

Posted in Inside First Book

Pi Beta Phi Brings Books About Great American Women to Kids in Need

first image in article

This past November, First Book’s partner, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, celebrated their 100-year commitment to literacy service. To honor the momentous occasion, the Fraternity donated a special Pi Beta Phi edition of “Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American

Posted in First Book Partners, First Book Supporters, Marketplace

Ten Books Every Child Should Own

first image in article

UPDATE: The vote has ended! Over 13,000 people cast their ballots for their favorite children’s book, and we’ve announced the winner! Thanks to everyone who participated! We’ve updated this blog post with the complete list of titles, for posterity’s sake.

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

Civic Consumption: What It Is and How You Can Do It.

first image in article

At First Book, everything we do is focused on putting new books into the hands of kids in need; that’s the big idea. But there are some other important ideas that go into that. One of these is the concept

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Kyle Zimmer, Marketplace, Social Entrepreneurship

Pirates, Ninjas, Dinosaurs, Etc.

first image in article

Kids need books! Without books, children miss out on the chance to become strong readers and successful students – especially children from low-income families. And kids don’t just need any old books. They need books that they’ll want to read.

Posted in Books & Reading, Marketplace

How First Book Helped Save the MLK Day Parade

first image in article

Because of First Book, over 4,000 students are happy that they know about Dr. Martin L. King Jr., his legacy and love of literature. In the words of Dr. King, thank you for seeking happiness for others. Your continued support

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Marketplace

Cricket, Ladybug, Spider and More: First Book Brings Award-Winning Children’s Magazines to Kids in Need

first image in article

Exciting news! First Book will now be offering Cricket and other award-winning kid’s magazines to the 27,000 schools and programs in our national network. Thanks to our friends at ePals, we’ll be able to offer their full range of children’s

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Kyle Zimmer, Marketplace

Book of the Month: Barefoot World Atlas

first image in article

Our book of the month on the First Book Marketplace is the Barefoot World Atlas, which looks at all the ways that different cultures and communities across the world have been shaped by their environment. “Two years ago, our girls

Posted in Book of the Month, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Marketplace, Teachers

She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain

first image in article

Dear First Book, Thank you for giving us the books. We really like them. You guys have the best books ever because my little sister loves these books. I like the ‘Nancy Drew Goes to Hollywood’ one. Your books are

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Impact Stories, Marketplace, National Book Bank, Teachers