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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

Chris Draft and Summer Reading

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Veteran NFL Linebacker Chris Draft has been one of First Book’s biggest supporters. His energy, enthusiasm and passion are infectious, and we’re grateful that his organization, The Chris Draft Family Foundation, has partnered with First Book to promote childhood literacy

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Guest Blog Posts, Literacy, Philanthropy, Video

Why do kids need books at home?

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Today’s guest blog post is from Sheila Frye (teachingliteracy). Sheila has been in education for over thirteen years serving as a Special Educator, Gifted and Talented Teacher, Reading Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Adjunct Professor of graduate education. A lifelong lover

Posted in Books & Reading, Guest Blog Posts, Literacy

Blogger Mom Working for First Book and Literacy

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The Lifetime Mom’s Clean Start Challenge is an online contest featuring three moms working to transform their communities. Each woman is competing to win $10,000 for her favorite charity, and one of the contestants, Audrey McClelland, has chosen First Book. McClelland

Posted in First Book Partners, Literacy

Odds and Bookends: July 30, 2010

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24 Hour Blogging to Benefit First Book! On July 31st, beginning at 6:00 a.m. (PST), a legion of bloggers from around the world will post once every thirty minutes for an entire twenty-four hour period to raise funds for charity.

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Distributions, Books & Reading, General, Literacy, Philanthropy

Blog Log: July 24, 2010

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Mother Daughter Book Club is a great resource for parents and educators who are looking for parent recommendations of children’s books. This blog includes author interviews, reading lists and more. First Book’s Post Pick: More News Linking Book Ownership and

Posted in Books & Reading, Literacy Links and Articles

Community Spotlight: FLASH Program at Owens Primary School

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This Month’s Recipient Group: Families Learning At School and Home (FLASH) Program at Owens Primary School. The program’s mission is to engaged parents in learning along with their child to build literacy in the home. Since the programs inception in

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Events

Blog Log: July 17, 2010

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Literacy Launchpad is written by a mom and literacy teacher who strives to keep children engaged in reading. Her blog includes helpful tips on early literacy as well as creative and inspiring ways to inspire excitement in reading. First Book’s

Posted in Books & Reading

First Book Makes a Hole-in-One at Auntie Anne’s Benefit Golf Tournament

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To kick-off First Book’s new charitable partnership with the world’s largest pretzel company Auntie Anne’s, First Book staff attended the 15th Annual Auntie Anne’s C.A.R.E.S. Benefit Golf Tournament on Monday, July 12th.  The tournament, hosted in Hershey, Pennsylvania by the

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Events, General, Literacy, Philanthropy

Odds and Bookends: July 9, 2010

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The story behind “To Kill a Mockingbird.” As the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” approaches, the true story behind the novel unfolds.  Find out what this world renowned book is really

Posted in Books & Reading, General, Literacy, Literacy Links and Articles