About First Book

Creating equal access to quality education

Equal Access to Quality Education

First Book believes that education is the best way out of poverty for children in need. First Book aims to remove barriers to quality education for all kids by making everything from new, high-quality books and educational resources to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more – affordable to its member network of more than 500,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need.

Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 185 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income communities in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 5 million children every year and supports more than one in three of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need.

With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need. First Book members work in classrooms, after school and summer or early childhood programs, shelters and health clinics, libraries, community programs, military support programs, and other settings serving a majority of children in need. Learn more in our 2019 Annual Report

First Book is rooted in diversity, inclusion, and togetherness and we aim to apply our expertise to join the fight for racial equity. Click here to read a message from First Book.
Honors & Awards
First Book’s financial model and its commitment to social sector collaboration, impact, and enterprise has been widely recognized by leading organizations.
Under the leadership of President, CEO, and Co-founder Kyle Zimmer, First Book has become a champion of educational equality, a recognized leader in social enterprise, and home to the largest and fastest-growing network of educators serving children in need across the United States and Canada.
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First Book’s business model is designed for maximum efficiency.