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Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education

Volunteers from the American Federation of Teachers help First Book Book Bank staff pack and organize books for distribution at the First Book National Book Bank Warehouse in Baltimore, MD, December 4, 2013.

Today’s guest blog post is by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, on the importance of ensuring all educators and students have the books they need for back to school.  As an educator, there’s nothing quite like

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices, First Book Partners, Thought Leaders

Once a Mentor, Forever a Friend

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It’s been over 10 years since Mr. Wilbert Scott and Cashadell Lewis first met, but both remember it like it was yesterday. “My name is Cashadell, but you can call me Cash,” said Lewis. “You call me Mr. Scott. And

Posted in Inspiring Stories, Your Stories

It Takes Less Than Half An Hour To Change A Child’s Life


First Book provides badly-needed books to kids, but it’s up to educators and parents to help their children open up those brand-new books and become readers. Read Aloud 15 MINUTES is one of the many terrific programs that makes this

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices

Mary Pope Osborne supports First Book through Classroom Adventures

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Mary Pope Osborne, longtime friend and partner of First Book, is offering her readers the opportunity to apply directly for free collections of her beloved titles through her very own Classroom Adventures Program. These books are provided for by grants

Posted in Opportunities for You, Using First Book

How First Book Works with Pi Beta Phi to Support Girls Everywhere

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Today’s guest blog post is from Ann Shaw, Director of Philanthropy for Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. Ann has held this volunteer role for the past six years. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas

Posted in Expert Voices, First Book Partners, Thought Leaders

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

How a Mortgage Bank Makes It Possible for Kids to Have New Books

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Every year, First Book provides close to ten million brand-new books to local schools and community programs across the country. To make that happen, we rely on the generosity of thousands of individual donors, grants from charitable foundations, and the

Posted in Advisory Boards, Education, First Book Partners, First Book Supporters, Literacy, Philanthropy, Volunteers

Operation Bookitecture!

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KPMG’s Family for Literacy brightened the holiday season for children across the country by bringing more than 49,000 brand new books to children in need as part of their firm-wide community service project, Operation Bookitecture. This was no ordinary book

Posted in Book Structures, First Book Partners, First Book Supporters, KPMG

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

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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