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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

Lack of Diversity in Kids’ Books and How to Fix It

Lack of diversity in kids' books

The lack of diversity in children’s literature is a problem that affects all children, especially children from low-income families, who rarely see themselves, their families or their communities in the stories they read. The problem is real. In a study

Posted in Inside First Book

5 Secrets Adults Won’t Tell You – Kyle Zimmer’s Commencement Speech at Saint Mary’s College

Five Secret Lessons for Graduates from Kyle Zimmer, Founder of First Book

Our intrepid leader, CEO, and co-founder of First Book, Kyle Zimmer, shared some of the wit and wisdom that motivates the First Book team on a daily basis with a crowd of graduates of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame

Posted in Expert Voices, Inside First Book, Thought Leaders

What I Learned from Bill Clinton: How to Prepare Yourself for the Future

Chandler Arnold and Kyle Zimmer of First Book with Bill Clinton

“If you can do one thing to prepare yourself for the future… you should spend as much time as you can with people who are different than you”. — President Bill Clinton I recently had the opportunity to join Kyle

Posted in Inside First Book

The Stories for All Project: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

First Book announces The Stories for All Project

At First Book, we want to see all kids become strong readers, the critical step to succeeding in school and in life. But all too often the children we work with have books with characters and stories that aren’t relevant

Posted in Expert Voices, Thought Leaders

Investing in Education: Kyle Zimmer’s Reaction to the State of the Union


“Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime.” — President Barack Obama I was grateful to hear the president talk

Posted in Expert Voices, Inside First Book, Thought Leaders

Our Big Year Together

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Happy holidays, from everyone at First Book! We had a big year here at First Book! I want to let you know everything we accomplished this year, and ask for your support as we continue our work to transform education

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Supporters, Kyle Zimmer, Success Stories

[INFOGRAPHIC] First Book’s Big Year

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* Click on the graphic to see a bigger, snazzier version. Learn more about how First Book provides new books to kids in need, and how you can get involved, at

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Supporters, Success Stories, Volunteers

And the winner is …

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This morning at Martha’s Table, an amazing community program serving homeless families in Washington DC, First Book distributed our 100 millionth brand-new book. (Check out this great story on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.) That’s not a typo. Since

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Events, Kyle Zimmer, Social Entrepreneurship, Success Stories, Volunteers

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

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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