Our Mission
Building a path out of poverty through educational equity.

Our purpose is as bold as it is urgent

  • To create systemic change
  • To ensure equal access to quality education
  • To empower every educator and all the children in need who they serve.

Our Impact

First Book believes that education is the best way out of poverty for children in need. We provide books and other resources to classrooms and programs serving children in need, from birth to age 18, in order to remove barriers to quality education for all kids.

Over its 29-year history, First Book has distributed more than 200 million books and educational resources, with a retail value of more than $2 billion.

Educators in Our Network
200 Million
Books & Resources Distributed
5 Million
Children Served Annually
This is one of the best organizations I have ever worked with in my many years in education and library services. The vast knowledge, resources, and opportunities that First Book provides are superb.

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