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Educators and Families: A Powerful Partnership


Looking for ways to get families more involved with your classroom or program? Or for resources to send home with them? The First Book Marketplace is the place to go! Visit us for great family read alouds, resource collections for

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Posted in Books & Reading, Family Engagement, Marketplace, Opportunities for You, Using the First Book Marketplace

Books Strengthen Family Bonds


Lydia sat with her two children in the waiting room. Her eldest read aloud from his new book, pausing every now and again to teach his mother and younger sister how to say the words in English. His little sister

Posted in Inspiring Stories, Your Stories

Imagine That! How One Girl’s Imaginary Pet Brought Books to Her Whole Class

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Karen loves to draw. So when her teacher, Ms. Spezziali, told her class about the Purina® PAWty Challenge, this Garfield Elementary kindergartner was especially excited to participate. The rules of the challenge were: Draw a pet (or an imaginary pet)

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David J. Johns: The Importance of Literacy Among African American Youth

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Welcome to First Book’s celebrity blog series. Each month we will be connecting with influential voices who share a belief in the power of literacy, and who have worked with First Book to curate a unique collection that inspires a

Posted in Expert Voices, Thought Leaders

Does Soman Chainani, Author of The School For Good And Evil, Consider himself good?… or evil?

The School For Good And Evil is available on the First Book Marketplace

“Sophie had waited all her life to be kidnapped.” Does that quote seem familiar to you? It’s the widely recognized first line of the book, The School For Good And Evil. Soman Chainani is the author behind the book, which is available

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Expert Voices, Opportunities for You

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

For First Day of School, Julianne Moore Brings Books to Kids at Harlem Daycare Center


We’re huge fans of award-winning actress Julianne Moore at First Book; not only is she supremely talented on stage and screen, she’s also a children’s book author and all -around lovely person. So we were thrilled that she was able

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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