Equal Access to Quality Education
First Book believes that education is the best way out of poverty for children in need. We address the needs of the whole child supporting their education, basic needs, and wellness – all of which are essential to educational equity. All of these resources are made affordable to our member network of more than 500,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need.
Our Network of Educators
Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 200 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income communities in more than 30 states. First Book currently reaches an average of 5 million children every year and supports more a third of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need.
With an additional 1,000 educators joining First Book’s Network each week, we have 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.
When schools closed to slow the spread of the virus, millions of children were essentially locked out of their education without access to remote learning. But for every student in need, First Book, its network of educators, and amazing partners have been working day and night to support, provide resources, and ensure that no child falls behind.
Creating partnerships and opportunities for our educators is at the heart of what we do.
First Book Network
Comprises North America’s largest community of educators working on the frontlines with children in need at schools and programs across the U.S.
First Book Marketplace
Provides the First Book Network with 24-hour, year-round access to an award-winning repository of affordable and new books, educational resources, and basic necessities curated for kids in need ages 0-18.
First Book Research & Insights
Advances education and poverty research by generating original data that amplifies educators’ voices, drives First Book’s models, and informs content on the First Book Marketplace.
First Book Accelerator
Turns current research and evidence-based strategies from leading experts into actionable tools that are shared with our network — so educators don’t have to wait months or years to use innovative best practices in their classrooms and programs.