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First Book President and CEO awarded EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017, Mid-Atlantic

Kyle Zimmer, First Book president, CEO and co-founder

                    Kyle Zimmer, First Book’s president, CEO and co-founder, was awarded EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Mid-Atlantic Award for social entrepreneurship last week, in recognition of First Book’s nonprofit, market-driven,

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Announcing the First Book Needs Index

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We at First Book are proud to announce the First Book Needs Index: a new research tool that works to combine public and proprietary data in new ways in order to identify areas lacking resources and affecting kids in need. An interactive and dynamic

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Posted in Books & Reading, Education and Literacy, First Book, First Book News, First Book Partners, FIrst Book Research, First Book Supporters, For educators, General, How to Use First Book Resouces, Kyle Zimmer, Make The Most of First Book, Nonprofit Technology, Social Entrepreneurship

First Book turns 25!

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First Book is celebrating 25 years of bringing books and resources to kids in need! From a simple effort that began in 1992 with a handful of books and some spare time, we have grown into a social enterprise that

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Posted in Around the First Book Office, Books & Reading, First Book, First Book Events, First Book News, Guest Blog Posts, Impact Stories, Inside First Book, Inspiring Stories, Kyle Zimmer

Andrea Davis Pinkney on Connecting the African American and Jewish American Experience

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First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer recently sat down with award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney for a conversation about her latest book, A Poem for Peter — a book she describes as her “love letter” to Ezra Jack Keats, creator

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Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Diversity, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, Poetry Month, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Thought Leaders

Using the Power of Pizza to Transform Lives Through Literacy

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What could bring together teachers, community organizations and hungry friends of First Book? Answer: Pizza! First Book is proud to partner with Pizza Hut and excited to take part in their new 10-year campaign, Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project. When

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book News, First Book Partners, Literacy

The Collective Power of a Nation of Readers

An Alabama teacher and her class, part of First Book's network

This piece also appears on The Huffington Post’s Impact blog. Steve White, a volunteer at a local nonprofit, worked through the holidays to ensure that 3,000 kids in need in Denver would have brand-new books of their own at Christmas.

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496 Million Women

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496 million. That’s how many women in the world can’t read or write even the most simple sentence. Many women never have the opportunity to reach 6th grade, and some don’t get to go to school at all. Today, we

Posted in Inspiring Stories, Your Stories

In a Haitian School: Only 50 Books for 250 Students

In A Haitian School, 50 Books for 250 Students

Four years ago this week, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti. The tragedy left 1.5 million citizens displaced from their homes, hundreds of thousands dead and devastated an already depressed economy. Today, Haiti remains the poorest

Posted in Inspiring Stories, Your Stories

How is First Book Delivering Social Impact?

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First Book’s fearless leader, President and CEO Kyle Zimmer spoke on Thursday, October 10th on HuffPostLive alongside other tireless social entrepreneurs that include Hilde Schwab, David Jones and Asher Hasan. The live discussion examined how corporate assets can deliver social impact

Posted in Expert Voices, Thought Leaders

Meet Keondra, A Formerly Reluctant Reader

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I want to tell you a story about Keondra. In a few days, Keondra will start second grade at Harrowgate Elementary School in Chester, Virginia. She cannot wait to be back in the classroom. When she began elementary school, Keondra

Posted in Impact Stories, Your Stories