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Success Stories: 45,000 More Books in Alabama


Cathy Gafford, like so many program directors, was on a tight budget. In 2011, the director at Jean Dean RIF (Reading is Fundamental) found herself needing 14,000 books for her program at a price she had not been able to

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Ruth P. Graves: Lifelong Champion of Children and Reading

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Today we honor the memory of a lifelong champion of children and reading who recently passed away. Ruth P. Graves, President Emerita of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), was an early supporter of First Book and a leader who displayed a

Posted in 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

First Book and RIF Bring One Million New Books to Kids in Need

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RIF and First Book have joined together to distribute one million, brand-new books to programs across the country! The first 250,000 books will be provided to children this holiday season, thanks to support from Macy’s. To further engage parents and

Posted in Books & Reading, Education, First Book Partners, First Book Supporters

First Book and RIF: The Gift of Literacy

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Today’s blog post comes from Kyle Zimmer, First Book’s president and co-founder, as part of the ‘Share a Story, Shape a Future‘ project. I was delighted when Carol Rasco from RIF asked me to contribute a blog post to the

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Literacy

Our Nonprofit Partners Need Your Help

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First Book’s mission is to provide brand new books to programs serving children from low-income families. But we couldn’t get books to kids without the tremendous support of our nonprofit partners who work directly with children in need. Today, two

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Odds and Bookends: September 24th, 2010

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It’s time for the 2010 National Book Festival! Don’t forget to head to the 10th annual National Book Festival, this Saturday, September 25th in Washington D.C.’s National Mall.  From children’s authors to poets, over 70 authors and thousands of book

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Literacy, Movies

Odds and Bookends: September 3, 2010

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Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn Movable, pop-up, folding, and multiple-construction books from the year 1570 to the present day comprise this Smithsonian Institution Libraries’ exhibition highlighting innovative book design, which is on display in the Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery, National

Posted in Books & Reading, General, Literacy

Odds and Bookends: July 16, 2010

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Summer Stock: Promoting Literacy in the Community The Texas Woman’s University drama department is partnering with a local Girl Scout troop to promote literacy and the art of theater. This summer program engages kids through activities which are designed around

Posted in Books & Reading, Literacy Links and Articles

First Book and Reading Is Fundamental Team Up

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Did you know that First Book, the nonprofit providing books to children in need, is a RIF-approved vendor and a great resource for high-quality, low-cost books for programs serving kids in need?  Check out the First Book Marketplace online, offering

Posted in Books & Reading, Marketplace, Video