About First Book

First Book believes a child’s education is their way out of poverty.

Equal Access to Quality Education

First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education — making everything from brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more – affordable to its member network of more than 350,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need.

Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four 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, afterschool 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.

Honors & Awards
First Book’s sound financial model and its commitment to social sector collaboration, impact and enterprise has been widely recognized by leading organizations.
Leadership
Under the leadership of President, Co-founder and CEO 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.
Media Center
News and resources highlighting our ongoing efforts to bring new books and educational resources to children in need.
Financials
First Book’s business model is designed for maximum efficiency.