Honors & Awards
First Book’s commitment to innovation, collaboration, and impact has been recognized by leading institutions such as the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and more.
Gold Halo Award
Engage for Good
First Book won the 2021 Engage for Good Gold Halo Award for the Empowering Educators program that supports courageous conversations on race in the classroom.
Gold Halo Award, Silver Halo Award
Engage for Good
First Book and New York Life Foundation won the 2020 Engage for Good Gold Halo Award for Disaster Prevention/Relief and the Silver Halo Award for Employee Engagement for creating Grief Ambassadors, providing support to grieving children and their families, and for expanding the Grief, Loss, and Healing section of the First Book Marketplace.
Child Advocate Award
Texas AFT, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, awarded First Book President, CEO, and Co-founder Kyle Zimmer with its Child Advocate Award for her work supporting equal access to quality education for all children.
Silver Halo Award
Engage for Good
The Halo Awards are North America’s highest honor for corporate social initiatives and cause marketing. First Book is proud to partner with Pizza Hut on The Literacy Project!
Entrepreneur of The Year®, Mid-Atlantic Award
First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer was among the nine recipients of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Mid-Atlantic region for First Book’s sustainable, market-driven model.
American Institute for Public Service
First Book president and CEO Kyle Zimmer received the Jefferson Award Foundation’s annual award for outstanding public service benefiting the disadvantaged.
Peggy Charren “Free to Be You and Me” Award
Ms. Foundation for Women
First Book president and CEO Kyle Zimmer received the Ms. Foundation for Women’s Peggy Charren/Free to Be You and Me award honoring individuals in media whose work contributes to breaking through gender and racial lines.
Power 100 List 2016, Individuals Empowering Women and Girls
First Book president and CEO Kyle Zimmer made the 2016 Ideagen Power 100 List highlighting the 100 individuals and 100 organizations leading the way towards empowering women and girls globally.
David M. Rubenstein Prize
Library of Congress
First Book was awarded the 2015 David M. Rubenstein Prize, one of three Literacy Awards presented by the Library of Congress annually, for outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy levels and for its commitment to the advancement of literacy.
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
First Book was recognized as a Pacesetter Partner by The Campaign For Grade-Level Reading for its sustained efforts in improving early learning and childhood literacy.
Lifetime Collective Impact Award
First Book president and CEO Kyle Zimmer received the Lifetime Collective Impact Award from Ideagen in 2014.
The National Book Foundation
The National Book Foundation honored First Book CEO Kyle Zimmer with its 2014 Literarian Award for her outstanding leadership and achievements in overcoming childhood illiteracy and promoting educational equality.
Security Benefit Corporation Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education
National Education Association
This award from the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation was presented in 2013 to recognize First Book’s pioneering and innovative work and achievements to fight illiteracy.
Golden Gratitude Award
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
First Book was recognized with SCBWI’s Golden Gratitude Award for outstanding contribution to the field of children’s books in August 2013.
‘Investing for Impact’ Award
In their 2012 ‘Investing for Impact’ report, Credit Suisse highlighted First Book’s “innovative yet pragmatic approach” to solving the problem of child illiteracy.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
First Book president and CEO Kyle Zimmer was awarded the Carle Honor from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in 2009 for her work on behalf of children’s literacy.
Chronicle of Philanthropy
First Book has been on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual list of the nation’s largest philanthropic groups since 2008.
Nonprofit Marketer of the Year
American Marketing Association and American Marketing Association Foundation
First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer was honored by the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF) in 2008 for extraordinary leadership and achievement in the field of nonprofit marketing.
Social Capitalist Award
The Fast Company
First Book received the ‘Social Capitalist Award’ from Fast Company and the Monitor Group for using entrepreneurial genius to solve global issues from 2004 through 2008.
Gold Halo Award
Engage for Good
First Book received the Gold Halo Award for the ‘Best Social Service/Educational Program’ from the Cause Marketing Forum in 2004, and again in 2007.
Community Service Award
SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company
First Book received the annual ‘Community Service Award’ from SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc. in 2006.
Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer was named ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the United States by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in 2006.
Authors Guild Foundation Award
Authors Guild Foundation
First Book was recognized for ‘Distinguished Service to the Literary Community’ by the Authors Guild Foundation in 2005.
Nonprofit Innovation Award
First Book was a finalist for Amazon.com’s ‘Nonprofit Innovation Award’ in 2005.
Nonprofit Ventures Business Plan Competition Grand Prize
Yale School of Management-Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership
First Book was awarded the Grand Prize in the Yale School of Management-Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures Business Plan Competition in 2005.
Gold Star Charity
First Book was named a Gold Star Charity by Forbes Magazine in 2003.
Partner of the Year Award
First Book received the ‘Partner of the Year Award’ from Connect America in recognition of highly successful partnerships with the nonprofit sector in 2003.
Reggie Award Gold Medal
Promotion Marketing Association
First Book was awarded the Gold Medal for innovative cause-based marketing from the Promotion Marketing Association’s ‘Reggie Awards’ in 2002.