First Book In the News
Forbes, April 6, 2021
To help you create a stand-out web presence, a panel of Forbes Nonprofit Council members – including our CEO Kyle Zimmer – share some features nonprofit websites must include to appeal to current and prospective members or supporters. Follow their recommendations to start improving your own landing page.
EdTech, March 31, 2021
Kim Franklin, Casa Blanca’s principal, learned about First Book’s Creating Learning Connections initiative that would supply devices and broadband enhancements to schools in need.
ABC News, March 26, 2021
As part of Disney’s Magic of Storytelling campaign celebrating literacy, ABC13 and First Book will distribute 10,000 free books to every elementary student in El Campo and Wharton ISD.
Publishers Weekly, March 26, 2021
First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise devoted to education equity, has created a suite of resources that provides teachers and families with trusted, accessible information about the Covid-19 vaccine.
ABC News, March 25, 2021
Local teacher hosts a little free library outside of her home with the help of First Book. The nonprofit First Book provides inexpensive, new books for these types of events – something Katie Wiebe says makes all the difference in a child’s growth.
WPTV, March 22, 2021
Free books were available for Pre-K through 12th grade students at four Palm Beach County locations. The giveaway was sponsored by the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association, Florida’s Young Remarkable Educators, the Florida Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association through a non-profit organization called First Book.
ABC News, March 20, 2021
ABC30, Disney, First Book and Educational Employees Credit Union all worked together to donate 5,000 books to Fresno Unified.
Avengers Assemble: Audemars Piguet teams up with Marvel’s Don Cheadle – the Swiss watchmaker CEO’s friendship with War Machine’s actor brings an exciting collaboration
South China Morning Post, March 19, 2021
The partnership between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the luxury brand will benefit non-profits First Book and Ashoka in a programme to empower 50,000 students in low-income communities in the US, with international expansion to follow.
ABC News, March 4, 2021
ABC30 is partnering up with its parent company Disney, First Book and EECU to help cultivate the next generation of storytellers with the Magic of Storytelling campaign.
First Book Launches #GiveLearningaShot: New Resource to Support Educators and Inform Community Members on COVID-19 Vaccine Facts
AP News, March 1, 2021
First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to educational equity for kids in need, launched #GiveLearningaShot, a new resource and video series to help educators share trustworthy, expert-based information on the COVID-19 vaccine, available in both English and Spanish.
Forbes, February 25, 2021
CEO Kyle Zimmer breaking down barriers to equity in education at First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise.
Forbes, February 23, 2021
11 members of Forbes Nonprofit Council – including our CEO Kyle Zimmer – discuss how a nonprofit could generate feedback from both donors and customers to better plot the trajectory of the organization going forward.
WWAY News, February 5, 2021
WWAY partnered with First Book and Disney’s Magic of Storytelling campaign to provide 500 free books to a local school.
Calcasieu Federation of Teachers and Support Employees secure 4,000 books for Vincent Settlement Elementary
KPLC News, February 3, 2021
Following Hurricanes Laura and Delta, in hopes of replenishing the damaged items, the Calcasieu Federation of Teachers worked to secure new library books for students to read and enjoy. The American Federation of Teachers along with First Book donated 4,000 library books for students ages 8-12.
Forbes, January 26, 2021
11 experts from Forbes Nonprofit Council – including our CEO Kyle Zimmer – offer valuable advice on how a nonprofit could rebrand without members feeling alienated as a result.
Forbes, January 20, 2021
10 experts from Forbes Nonprofit Council – including our CEO Kyle Zimmer – look at the concrete steps that a nonprofit can take to work toward a self-funding model and why these strategies work.
WWAY News, January 20, 2021
Local news organization asks their community to nominate a local school to receive 500 books donated by Disney Publishing Worldwide and encourages teachers serving children in need to register with First Book.
Forbes, January 11, 2021
12 members of Forbes Nonprofit Council – including our CEO Kyle Zimmer – examine the best ways to keep board members motivated and involved so as to better drive the success of the organization as a whole.
New York Times, December 31, 2020
Facing challenges wrought by the pandemic, The Fund’s beneficiaries – including First Book – brought help to people and communities. Learn about how the grant money helped Hopi Relief.
New York Times, December 26, 2020
Children in remote parts of Alaska receive inspiration, with some books teaching Indigenous students about their cultures.
New York Times, November 22, 2020
Families found support after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted their children’s education.
New York Times, November 1, 2020
12-year-old Vanessa provided books to her rural community with the help of First Book.
New York Times, September 10, 2020
First Book is one of 10 nonprofits selected by The New York Times as a beneficiary of its 2020-2021 Neediest Cases Fund Campaign.
QSR Magazine, August 19, 2020
Pizza Hut and First Book on Wednesday announced the launch of Empowering Educators—a collection of resources developed to provide educators with guidance and actionable steps to create equitable learning environments and navigate conversations about race and racism.
$1 million in grants will fund computers and internet connections for students in six Connecticut school districts
Hartford Courant, July 9, 2020
About 3,000 elementary students in six districts will begin the school year with new Chromebook computers and home internet connections, thanks to $1 million in grants from LEGO, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and First Book.
Early Learning Nation, June 23, 2020
“There’s a well-documented antidote to slow and reverse the summer slide: kids who read, beat the summer slide! When kids don’t read over the summer, they fall further behind. The best thing that parents and caregivers can do is to let kids select books that interest them.
School Library Journal, May 11, 2020
First Book, the nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating book deserts, has organized a network of requests from educators who need funding and book donations to support their students.
CNN, May 4, 2020
Penguin Random House donates 750,000 books to First Book to support children affected by school closures.
New York Times, April 27, 2020
The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, which has raised more than $300 million since its inception more than a century ago, has begun a Covid-19 Relief Campaign. All proceeds will go to four nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to those facing economic hardship: Feeding America, First Book, New York Community Trust and World Central Kitchen.
New York Times, April 23, 2020
Remote learning is particularly challenging for low-income children. The nonprofit First Book is aiming to keep them on track.
New York Times, April 14, 2020
Publishers and nonprofits are finding ways to get books and information to housebound children worldwide.
New York Times, April 1, 2020
Through The Times’s Neediest Cases Fund, a new relief campaign will support organizations, including First Book, on the front lines of serving those affected by the virus.
ABC, March 23, 2020
A slew of notable stars are joining forces to launch a new initiative to encourage literacy, which they’re calling the “Read Together, Be Together” campaign. As part of the initiative, Penguin Random House will also donate 750,000 books to First Book.
People, March 23, 2020
“Thanks to the generosity of our publishing partners like Random House Children’s Books and Penguin Young Readers, [First Book] has 7 million free books to distribute to those who need them most, so countless children can have family story times in the coming weeks.”
New York Times, March 22, 2020
“Want to donate to help children? First Book has the goal of delivering seven million books to children in the United States who do not have internet access or home libraries so they can continue learning while schools are closed.
Forbes, March 21, 2020
Washington Post, March 21, 2020
“Several nonprofit organizations could use your time and money to make sure vulnerable populations are cared for during the pandemic.”
News Channel 5, February 29, 2020
The Tennessee Department of Education has been selected to receive $50,000 in grant funding to purchase 13,000 books for Tennessee students. The grant comes from First Book, a nonprofit focused on equal, quality education for children in need.
World Economic Forum, February 28, 2020
“There is a dramatic imbalance of power and lack of real dialogue between funders and social entrepreneurs. Funders’ exertion of power manifests in compromises, ethical knots and budgetary jeopardy. Some funders are showing a willingness to grapple with the power dynamic.
WISE, February 17, 2020
“The stress of poverty has long found its way inside classrooms and programs, but today, those stresses are putting an even heavier burden on our children – and their educators. Refugee experiences, domestic abuse, community violence, food and home insecurity, crime, natural and man-made disasters, and political unrest are impacting millions of children around the world each and every day.”
Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 2020
First Book keeps expanding…such growth could only be possible via collaboration and the technology that fosters it.
ABC7NY, February 5, 2020
Washington Post, January 20, 2020
Corrina Reamer built a personalized library for her 11th-grade English class in Alexandria, Va., by raising money online and applying for First Books OMG Books grant.
Forbes, December 3, 2019
In its 35th year advocating for childhood literacy, Pizza Hut and literacy partner First Book are partnering with Karamo, Culture Expert on Netflix’s Queer Eye and author of the new children’s book “I Am Perfectly Designed,” to introduce a new holiday fundraiser aimed at increasing access to culturally relevant children’s books in communities across the country. Consumers can help support this cause beginning on GivingTuesday through Dec. 31 by adding a First Book donation to their Pizza Hut orders or purchase the First Book Bundle at Pizza Hut, where $1 from every bundle purchased will be donated to First Book.
Give a Million this Giving Tuesday with First Book
Fox 5, Good Day DC, December 3, 2019
Associated Press, December 3, 2019
Penguin Random House announced Tuesday that it had joined with the former president and former first lady in contributing to First Book ( www.firstbook.org ) in the Obama family’s name.
Upworthy, December 2, 2019
“The gift of a book is a little that goes a long way. “Bringing new books to kids in need has an immeasurable impact, and for many kids, it will be the first book they have ever owned, or the only gift they will receive during the holidays,” said Kyle Zimmer, president, CEO, and co-founder of First Book.”
First Book Aims to Give 1 Million Books to 1 Million Kids This Holiday Season
WUSA9, December 2, 2019
Authority Magazine, November 20, 2019
“Reach out to others, because someone out there has the experience, knowledge or contacts — or all three — that can help you.”
Early Learning Nation, October 29, 2019
First Book President, CEO, and Co-founder Kyle Zimmer talks the economic and social justice implications of providing books and resources to kids in low-income communities.
ABC7, October 16, 2019
Surprise guests from a galaxy far, far away made a special landing at KIPP Raices Academy in East Los Angeles, brought to you by Disney and First Book.
End Book Deserts, October 7, 2019
“There is a presumption..that schools and teachers have what they need to their jobs and the answer is, they don’t.” First Book President, CEO, and Co-found Kyle Zimmer talks with Dr. Molly Ness about getting books into the hands of all kids, no matter where they live or go to school.
WVTM 13, Birmingham, August 10, 2019
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama and a local teachers union teaming up for a new community outreach program, funded by First Book’s OMG Books Awards program.
School Library Journal, July 30, 2019
First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise focused on equal access to quality education for children in need, has awarded Urban Librarians Unite and the REFORMA Children in Crisis Task Force nearly $100,000 to provide books to migrant children in foster care and secure facilities, as well as to give to attorney’s offices, support agencies, and into the hands of kids as they are being moved around.
EdSurge, July 24, 2019
First Book applies model to drive demand for educational materials and shape the market for books, educational resources, and digital learning products.
Edutopia, July 11, 2019
Tips for bringing high-interest, culturally relevant books into your classroom on a modest budget.
We Are Teachers, July 16, 2019
There is no better way to encourage classroom reading than to give your students books. Yet, we know you don’t have the funds to constantly buy books with your own money. Here are some of our best tricks for finding cheap or free books.
Publishers Weekly, June 7, 2019
“We’re proud that we’ve gotten to the point where people know us and trust us and come to us. We’re devastated because the volume is not going down and all that tells about the chasm of need and what’s going on economically in the country…” Kyle Zimmer, First Book president, CEO, and co-founder
ABC24, June 18, 2019
“Clinton decided he wanted to make an impact everywhere that football has touched his life. So, he has partnered with First book to put thousands of books in every community where he has played,” said Dan Stokes, First Book chief administrative officer.
The Pueblo Chieftain, June 13, 2019
Thanks to a $50,000 grant from First Book, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children Pueblo is going to place thousands of books into the hands of youngsters most in need of a literacy boost.
CBS19, June 10, 2019
Three-time Pro-Bowler and Chicago Bear Kyle Long is working with First Book to send the books as part of the Chris Long Foundation’s “First Quarter for Literacy” campaign.
Pizza Hut and First Book were awarded Engage for Good’s Silver Halo Award for the Literacy Project.
This campaign is bringing summer reading to kids in ‘book deserts’
Today.com, May 29, 2019
Efforts are taking aim at book inequality. The nonprofit First Book gets books to educators serving children in need.
North Dakota United, May 22, 2109
“I had a group of students come in and help select the books so I had them come in and I went right to the FirstBook website and scrolled down and the kids said ‘that one, that one’…What a great thing that North Dakota United is doing for us and helping us out with FirstBook to put books in these kids’ hands.”
Global News Canada, May 3, 2019
A group of 15 girls from Toronto’s C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute will have a chance to meet former first lady Michelle Obama on Saturday thanks in part to the efforts of the leader of a special book club they belong to and tickets provided by First Book Canada.
Publishers Weekly, April 25, 2019
“Representation and inclusion in children’s books are building blocks of educational equality,” said Kyle Zimmer, president, CEO, and co-founder of First Book. “We can work to close the gap in educational resources that plagues American schools, but that isn’t enough. Children need to see from the very beginning that their stories have value, and the stories of those who are not like them have value.”
wsRadio, April 9, 2019
“Not only is equal education important for the children we’re all focused on, but for their families, their community, our justice system, our democracy, our economy.”–Kyle Zimmer, First Book president, CEO, and co-founder
XPRIZE, Barbara Bush Foundation & Dollar General Literacy Foundation Announce First Book as a Finalist and Milestone Winner in $1M Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition
April 1, 2019
XPRIZE, in partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, announced that First Book is a finalist and a recipient of its milestone prize, in its $1 million Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition.
m/Oppenheim TV, March 28, 2019
“Small solutions are not going to get us where we need to go. We need great, big solutions that elevate education – because our future depends on it.” Kyle Zimmer, First Book president, CEO, and co-founder
Data from the Front Lines: Turning Educator Insights into Strategies to Tackle Educational Inequities
Spotlight on Poverty, March 13, 2019 Kyle Zimmer, First Book president, CEO, and co-founder; and Becki Last, senior vice president of network engagement
While the concept of “education for all” is advocated as a basic human right, it is clear that poverty is jeopardizing children’s futures, and our own.
Medium, March 12, 2019 Kyle Zimmer, First Book president, CEO, and co-founder
Arkansas is considering a bill that would reduce funding to impoverished school districts if its students’ reading scores fall below a certain percentage. What could they be thinking?
ABC/WATN, February 26, 2019
“Reading gives kids a chance to discover so many aspects of their lives. Young kids can use books to learn to read, and then as older adults, they can use books to learn about all types of aspects of life: from science to technology, to history, to math, to poetry, and the list goes on and on.”–First Book COO Chandler Arnold.
Publishers Weekly, January 31, 2019
The educational and social nonprofit First Book is partnering with author Alane Adams’ Rise Up Foundation to supply $130,000 in new books to school districts in Houston and Northern California ravaged by natural disasters.
Early Learning Nation, January 25, 2019
First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise focused on equal access to quality education, today announced the launch of the First Book Accelerator, an initiative that dramatically decreases the time-to-market for current, evidence-based strategies and resources to reach educators serving children in need – from years to weeks.
Deutsche Welle, January 22, 2019
“You can’t pick one sector as the solution to all social problems…we all have to lock arms and focus.”
World Economic Forum, January 16, 2019
A lot of ink is spilled and awards are bestowed celebrating the success of the social sector – and there is much to celebrate. But the truth is, if innovation is essential to the ultimate achievements of the sector, we should spend less time on success, and more time on failure.
Forbes, Dec. 13, 2018
It’s the third day of Forbes writer Kelly Phillips Erb’s 12 Days of Charitable Giving for 2018. Readers suggested deserving charities over the past few weeks, and December 13th’s charity is First Book!
Kicks on Fire, Dec. 5, 2018
Yesterday, star running back Todd Gurley surprised students at Worthington Elementary School in Inglewood, CA, for a once-in-a-lifetime book reading in partnership with the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program. At the event, Gurley read his favorite childhood book, The Magician’s Hat, and then unveiled his Nike-customized cleats, as part of his declaration to represent Pizza Hut partner First Book, a nonprofit dedicated to creating equal access to quality education for children in need.
GLAMOUR, December 2018
First Book is featured in GLAMOUR magazine’s “31 Days of Giving” for 2018! Just $21 will give a backpack full of books to a child in need, and our partners at Penguin Random House will match your gift throughout the holiday season.
MSNBC Anchor Hallie Jackson features a #BigPicture on First Book
MSNBC, Nov. 27, 2018
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Elite Daily, Nov. 27, 2018
As a part of Giving Tuesday, Pizza Hut is selling a First Book Bundle that’s going to fill your stomach (and heart) up with food (and joy).
MarketWatch, Nov. 27, 2018
Pizza Hut is supporting children’s literacy by donating $1 from every “First Book Bundle” order (two large three-topping pizzas and 1 order of breadsticks starting at $20.99) to the First Book nonprofit providing equal access to quality education for kids in need.
Chronicle Books, Nov. 27, 2018
First Book works hard every single day to get books and literary resources into the lives of the kids who need them the most in America.
Classy, Oct. 1, 2018
Learn how First Book worked with Classy to create a better user experience for donors.
Phil&Co., Sept. 18, 2018
Medium, Sept. 12, 2018
First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer gives us an assignment: We must step up and be part of a child’s success by helping teachers.
Parents Latina, September 2018
These children’s books celebrate hispanic culture in unique, wonderful ways. Discover your child’s new favorite read in our list suggested by First Book, a nonprofit that provides new books and educational resources to children in need.
Parents Magazine, September 2018
Kids will see themselves in these 20 titles, suggested by the nonprofit First Book, and also learn more about each other.
Charity Navigator, Aug. 15, 2018
First Book is one of 32 organizations included in Charity Navigator’s summary report on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. First Book, with its public, private, and publishing partners, distributed nearly 1 million books to Harvey-affected areas.
Parents Magazine, Aug. 7, 2018
Kids will see themselves in these 20 titles, suggested by the nonprofit First Book, and also learn more about each other.
World Economic Forum, Aug. 3, 2018
Now entering its fourth decade, the field of social entrepreneurship is at a crossroads. First Book President, CEO, and Co-founder Kyle Zimmer; and Kristine Pearson, founder and CEO of Lifeline Energy, weigh in on the future of social enterprise.
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, June 30, 2018
First Book, Macmillan Publishers, and Jimmy Fallon are bringing 3,000 copies of Tomi Adeyemi’s “Children of Blood and Bone” to kids in need through the Tonight Show Summer Reads program. Watch the announcement below!
Medium, Electric Lit, June 21, 2018
“Hope” as Rebecca Solnit wrote, is “an ax you break down doors with in an emergency.” Writer Erin Bartnett highlights nine organizations, including First Book, giving the world a few more axes, and a few more reasons to be hopeful.
Publishers Weekly, June 14, 2018
First Book recently held a release party for Julián Is a Mermaid by debut author-illustrator Jessica Love. The event included “shell-fies” with mermaid props, sea-inspired snacks, face painting, and a read-aloud of the book.
Tennis Channel Network, June 11, 2018
At the 30th annual New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) Mayor’s Cup, kids played tennis and received free books. Disney, First Book and NYJTL worked together to provide 20,000 books to underserved administrators, children, and families in the south Bronx. Read more
WHUT, May 31, 2018
“Our true mission, our true north, is eliminating all the resource barriers between a child in need and an equal, quality education.”–First Book President Kyle Zimmer
Iowa Public Radio, May 29, 2018
In Iowa, summer food programs bring meals and books to kids in need when school is out — including in Davis County, where First Book Network member Stephanie Hawkins stocks a converted school bus with books from First Book and lunch.
Magento, April 23, 2018
Appearing on stage at Imagine on Monday, Carey Palmquist, senior vice president of eCommerce at First Book, told Mark Lavelle and the General Session audience how First Book transforms the lives of children in need.
Medium, April 20, 2018
First Book President, Co-founder and CEO on Medium: We’re setting ourselves up to lose an entire generation of kids based on their ZIP code. Now is when we decide if that’s something we can live with.
Upworthy, March 30, 2018
The View, March 8, 2018
For every “#shelfie” (a selfie snapped with your favorite book) posted through March 31, Disney will donate a brand new book, all the way up to one million books, for kids in need. First Book CEO, Co-founder and President Kyle Zimmer chats with Whoopi and Chelsea Clinton shares a shelfie on this episode of The View.
Publishers Weekly, March 8, 2018
Participants in Mark Cuban’s reading challenged logged seven million minutes of reading time and read 84,002 books, generating a $25,000 from Cuban to First Book.
Cheddar, Feb. 28, 2018
Pizza Hut is the new official pizza sponsor of the NFL. The chain’s Social Impact Manager, Natasha Collins, joins Cheddar to discuss how the new partnership will expand the company’s social responsibility efforts. The company is launching its 2018 The Literacy Project. Its goal is to increase access to books and educational resources for kids in need. Collins explains how low literacy costs the US economy more than $225 billion every year.
Babble, Feb. 28, 2018
Nick Lachey popped into an elementary school in Encino, California this week as part of The Literacy Project, Pizza Hut’s initiative with their nonprofit partner, First Book. Not only did the singer treat the kids to a live reading of the book Secret Pizza Party, but they all got free books (plus pizza for lunch!).
Hot Off the Shelf: Katy Perry Shows Off Her Favorite Book for a Good Cause, Disney Launches Magic of Storytelling With First Book
People, Feb. 28, 2018
One thing Katy Perry isn’t hot and cold about: reading! The “Swish Swish” singer posed for a “shelfie” — a selfie with a book — to promote Disney and ABC’s Magic of Storytelling campaign. For every shelfie shared on social media with the hashtag #MagicOfStorytelling, a book will be donated to a child in need.
Good Morning America, Feb. 4, 2018
Forty thousand new books were donated in the campaign that aims to give away a million books by the end of March. For more information, go to https://firstbook.org/share-magic-storytelling/. Watch Video
Huffington Post, Jan. 15, 2018
“In a world that seems increasingly disconnected and harsh, LGBTQ youth in particular need the additional affirmation of safe spaces as they learn to lead successful, meaningful lives,” said Andrew Byrd, manager of partnership development at First Book.
Good Morning America, Dec. 29, 2017
Disney is kicking off its fifth annual magic of story telling campaign with First Book–listen to Oprah give the details in this video segment from “Good Morning America.” For more information, go to https://firstbook.org/share-magic-storytelling/. Watch the segment.
WCCB News, Charlotte, N.C., Dec. 27, 2017
VIDEO: First Book and Domtar distributed 40,000 books to educators serving children in need in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
Bustle, Dec. 13, 2017
Now more than ever, the books we read are a movement, a statement, a way to insure that we are exposing ourselves to, and raising up, the stories of diverse communities, of marginalized peoples, and of everyone who wants to move us forward.
Upworthy, Nov. 27, 2017
This time last year, the top three most misbehaved boys at Equetta Jones’ elementary school were from the same family. As assistant principal, it fell to Jones to figure out how to solve the problem. Other educators might prescribe detentions, suspensions, extra tutoring help, or even a doctor’s appointment to be evaluated for an attention-deficit issue. But Jones sensed that the problem ran deeper — and she had a solution.
Publishers Weekly, Nov. 24, 2017
“Education is a child’s best path out of poverty,” says Chandler Arnold, First Book’s chief operating officer. “First Book provides educators serving children in need with the books and resources these kids need to thrive. Our model is not traditional, and that is precisely one reason we love what we do so much.”
The Business of Giving, Nov. 17, 2017
There were many hardships faced by the people of Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. But one of the more underappreciated ones was damage done to books and other educational materials in home and school libraries. This was not lost, however, on the nonprofit and social enterprise First Book.
Woman’s Day, Nov. 14, 2017
The holidays are the perfect time for gifts that give back—it’s the season of giving, after all! Enter a new book initiative from Penguin Random House and online retailer Zulily: From now until Dec. 10, for every book purchased at Zulily.com with the badge “Buy One, Give One,” a donation will be made to First Book, a nonprofit that provides books to children in need.
Upworthy, Nov. 12, 2017
Last year, librarian Rajeeni Galloway met a student that others had already deemed a lost cause. This student’s record was riddled with suspensions, and her grades had suffered so much that she could no longer keep up. She was failing. Galloway knew all too well what was at risk if the student didn’t get help. She decided to step in.
Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nov. 1, 2017
First Book ranked among the 400 nonprofits that raised the most in private donations in 2016–and among the 225 profits that received gifts of $1 million or more.
Publishers Weekly, Sept. 21, 2017
Barnes & Noble has made a $1 million book donation to First Book for areas affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The donation includes thousands of children’s books for a variety of ages including chapter books, board books, picture books, and coloring books, and will be delivered by First Book to schools and local charities in both Texas and Florida.
Forbes, Sept. 19, 2017
“Education is one of the most powerful tools to combat poverty, further economic competitiveness, expand individual and community opportunities and raise standards of living,” said Kyle Zimmer, First Book’s co-founder, president, and CEO. “But 44% of U.S. children – including half of the children attending U.S. public schools – are growing up in low-income families.
Global News Canada, Sept. 17, 2017
Reading is often taken for granted as a common practice with all families, but according to the latest statistics from First Book Canada a quarter of Canadian households don’t even own a single book.
Politico, Sept. 15, 2017
American Federation for Teachers President Randi Weingarten, along with Neil and Maria Bush of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, Kyle Zimmer of First Book, and Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza, this morning are delivering brand new books and basic necessities to areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
Publishers Weekly, Sept. 15, 2017
In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the American Federation of Teachers, First Book, and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation are coordinating to deliver brand new books and basic needs items to areas affected by Harvey and Irma. This hurricane relief effort falls under the overall mission of the recently announced Essentials for Kids Fund, which is a new national initiative created to address the need for books and materials—including items like hygiene kits, clothing, and school supplies—in public school districts across the country that are underfunded.
American Booksellers Association, Aug. 30, 2017
Booksellers and publishers from the Houston area and beyond have taken the initiative to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, which struck Southeast Texas this weekend, creating a disaster area thousands of square miles wide.
How First Book is Harnessing the Power of Free Markets to Give All Kids Equal Access to Quality Education
Forbes, Aug. 17, 2017
First Book is transforming the playing field for educators and infusing classrooms and programs with the highest quality brand new books and educational resources through a groundbreaking, award-winning model.
EdWeek, July 18, 2017
First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer joined other prominent thought leaders to reiterate the necessary role of social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools, in response to an opinion piece that suggested SEL was a “hoax.” “Our research shows that when students from low-income communities engaged even peripherally in SEL activities, they were more engaged and confident academically,” Zimmer said. “Lack of social and emotional skills is an impediment to learning, and SEL-specific resources can help.”
Publishers Weekly, July 14, 2017
Publishers are taking advantage of innovative, non-traditional e-Commerce opportunities, like the First Book Marketplace, to reach new audiences.
First Book President, CEO, and Co-founder Kyle Zimmer Awarded 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Social Enterprise
Washington Business Journal, June 16, 2017
In recognition of First Book’s sustainable, market-driven model that provides affordable access to brand new, high-quality books and educational resources to educators who exclusively serve kids in need, Kyle Zimmer was awarded the 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of the Year Award in the mid-Atlantic region for social enterprise.
The Business of Giving, June 27, 2017
Learn from staff what makes First Book a special place to work. “There’s always this sense of there’s another great challenge, there’s another thing to work on, and you’ve got a lot of cool, interesting, smart people to roll up your sleeves with and try to figure them out.”
FOX and Friends, May 8, 2017
Candace Radoski, First Book’s senior director for National Partnerships, joined FOX and Friends to discuss Simon & Schuster’s generous campaign to benefit First Book’s network of educators: For every use of the hashtag #takeheartmychild between May 8th and May 15th, Simon & Schuster will donate up to 5,000 Copies of “Take Heart My Child: A Mother’s Dream,” the debut picture book from FOX and Friends co-host Ainsley Earhart, to First Book.
The NEA Foundation, May 4, 2017
Part one of a two-part series on First Book’s and the NEA Foundation’s commitment to increase diversity and foster inclusion in children’s literature, with a focus on First Book’s groundbreaking Stories for All ProjectTM: “Simply reading children’s books that feature diverse characters with a range of experiences helps kids learn about other cultures, family dynamics, and struggles. Each of these new books elevates our commonality and also contains wonderful insights that surprise the reader.”
Omnivoracious, April 21, 2017
For World Book Day, Amazon is working with three not-for-profits, including First Book, that have taken visionary approaches to improving literacy and book access worldwide. The Amazon Book Review spoke to Chandler Arnold, First Book’s chief operating officer, to find out more about our achievements and future goals.
Miami Herald, April 8, 2017
First Book and WWE donated 20,000 books to Orlando-area schools. WWE Superstars Ember Moon, Zack Ryder, Tye Dillinger, Darren Young, and Dasha Fuentes read to students there and presented awards as part of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge.
The Nonprofit Finance Fund, April 5, 2017
The Nonprofit Finance Fund helped First Book launch its the First Book Marketplace in 2007; then, in 2015, it provided $2.75 million to upgrade the technology that supports its online platform, enhancing distribution, improving First Book’s ability to collect and analyze data, and helping expand the reach and impact of the marketplace.
ABC-WTXL, April 1, 2017
In Leon County, 2,000 community members signed a petition asking First Book to provide books for free. On Saturday, April 1st, First Book, the Florida Education Association, the Leon County Teachers Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Leon County School District responded with 40,000 free books for children and educators.
ABC-WTXL, March 31, 2017
The Florida Education Association, the Leon County Teachers Association, and the American Federation of Teachers are partnering with the Leon County School District and First Book, a national non-profit, to give away than 40,000 books on Saturday.
Arch Street Press, March 5, 2017
Listen to First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer discuss the beginnings of the organization, the social enterprise model, and her own path from lawyer to nonprofit founder.
The Washington Times, March 2, 2017
Hundreds of D.C. public schoolchildren packed into the gym at Walker-Jones Education Center on Thursday, eager to become first-time book owners. The kids each got to take home three books for free — courtesy of the professional services company KPMG and First Book.
Vanity Fair, March 1, 2017
Penguin Random House will publish two books by Barack and Michelle Obama, and will donate one million books to First Book in the Obama family’s name.
The Washington Post, Feb. 28, 2017
Penguin Random House has netted separate, lucrative book deals with former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, who plan to write about their time in the White House. The publisher will also donate a million books in the Obamas’ name to First Book.
Wall Street Journal, Feb. 28, 2017
In a major publishing coup of the year, Penguin Random House said it has acquired world rights to separate books by former U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. It will also donate one million books in the Obama family’s name to First Book.
NPR, Feb. 28, 2017
Penguin Random House will publish two books, one written by former President Barack Obama and one by former first lady Michelle Obama, and donate one million books in the Obama family’s name to First Book.
The New York Times, Feb. 28, 2017
Penguin Random House will publish coming books by former President Barack Obama and the former first lady Michelle Obama,and will donate one million books in the Obama family’s name to First Book.
Wharton Social Impact Imitative, Feb. 15, 2017
First Book’s President and CEO Kyle Zimmer spoke to Katherine Klein, management professor and vice dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, about the hybrid business model First Book has adopted that is key to its success.
Upworthy, Feb. 7, 2017
First Book gets a mention as Upworthy shares tips for ordinary people who want to support public education.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Feb. 3, 2017
First Book’s President and CEO, Kyle Zimmer, joins Denver Frederick on The Business of Giving podcast, highlighted byThe Chronicle of Philanthropy. The two discuss the history of First Book, where First Book is going, and the impact of social enterprise.
Education Market Association’s Essentials, Jan. 1, 2017
First Book’s Senior Vice President of Ecommerce, Carey Palmquist, authors an article in Education Market Association’s Essentials magazine discussing First Book’s growth.
AdWeek, November 29, 2016
First Book’s #GivingTuesday partnership with Penguin Random House and Zulily was featured in Galley Cat, the publishing industry focused blog in the Adweek network. Read More
Publishers Weekly, November 29, 2016
Publishers Weekly tells the story of how ‘They All Saw a Cat’ came to be and the success author and illustrator Brendan Wenzel’s book has had, including an event with First Book and UFT in New York City. Read More
Forbes, November 25, 2016
Forbes features companies that are partnering with good causes this holiday season including children’s gear retailer Zulily, who is generously matching book purchases with a donation to First Book. Read More
Digital Book World, September 13, 2016
Digital Book World highlights the Open Ebooks partnerships and the role First Book is playing in bringing digital content to kids in need. Read More
Pizza Hut® Announces Global Commitment to Literacy and Reading through Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project
Newswire, September 8, 2016
First Book is proud to take part in Pizza Hut’s new literacy campaign, Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project. Read more to learn about the exciting partnership and how the two organizations plan to make a positive impact on the lives of children in need. Read More
Look to the Stars, August 24, 2016
Look to the Stars tracks and reports on everything from the world of celebrity giving. They thought so much of Simon & Schuster’s recent donation of 20,000 books by author Jason Reynolds that they chose to highlight the generous donation to kids in need. Read More
Reading Village, May 18, 2016
First Book’s President and CEO Kyle Zimmer authors a guest blog post for Reading Village in which she discusses the impact of books on children and their communities. Read More
Indian Country Today, April 20, 2016
Books can be prohibitively expensive. Indian Country today highlights several ways to make books afforable (or free) including First Book and Open eBooks, a recent partnership between Digital Public Library of America, The New York Public Library, and First Book. Read More
GW Magazine, April 14, 2016
GW Magazine highlights First Book’s work with specific programs and explores the organization’s history while profiling President and CEO, Kyle Zimmer, a George Washington University alumna. Read More
Slate, March 24, 2015
Slate details the launch of the Open eBooks, an initiative designed to provide high-quality e-books to children from low-income families.
Washington Post, December 27, 2015
Washington Post education reporter, Lyndsey Layton, describes how First Book is using market forces to bring a full range of books, educational resources and basic necessities to support educational equality and help educators and programs meet the challenges of serving children in need.
Arizona Public Media, December 11, 2015
A dozen semi-tractor trailers carrying half a million new books for kids made their way to a Tucson warehouse this week.
Dallas News, December 11, 2015
Nonprofit Finance Fund highlights First Book’s work to circulate more than 130 million books since 1992 to benefit children in underserved communities.
Ford, Houston Ford Dealers Launch $100,000 in Scholarships and Donate 10,000 New Books to Accelerate Education
Ford Press Release, December 8, 2015
Ford Motor Company Fund and the Houston Area Ford Dealers partner with First Book to donate 10,000 new books to nearly 100 schools and programs serving low-income communities.
KVOA, December 7, 2015
Thousands of free books given to organizations around the country that serve children thanks to First Book, with 220,000 books staying in Tucson, Arizona.
Classroom, Inc., December 7, 2015
Classroom, Inc. and First Book launch a partnership to provide Title I schools access to Classroom, Inc.’s Read to Lead literacy game series.
Bustle, December 1, 2015
First Book featured as one of the 15 literary nonprofits to donate to this #GivingTuesday by Bustle.
Dallas News, November 27, 2015
Karen Furlong, the founder of Starr Readers, receives books for area children from First Book.
Killeen Daily Herald, November 18, 2015
Six schools in the Killeen Independent School District received more than 4,000 free new books Tuesday, thanks to First Book and the Blackboard book drive.
Newbrunswick Patch, November 2, 2015
Students at a New Brunswick school received new books last week, thanks to donations from a nonprofit group and an area business.
News Tribune, October 27, 2015
First Book and Wipro kick off their partnership with a reading celebration and donation of books in Jefferson City, Mo.
Metro West Daily News, October 2, 2015
In partnership with Middlesex Savings Bank and CBS Ecomedia, First Book provided 10,000 new books to six elementary schools in Massachusetts.
Lee & Low Blog, September 30, 2015
Publisher Lee & Low interviews First Book President, CEO and Co-founder Kyle Zimmer about First Book’s Stories for All Project™ as part of their How We Did It series, spotlighting people and organizations doing important work to support diversity in publishing and beyond.
Children’s Book Council, September 17, 2015
Books-A-Million, Penguin and author Brad Metzler announce a new partnership to benefit First Book.
Kansas City Star, September 16, 2015
An editorial in the Kansas City Star shares the significance of the upcoming, largest-ever book distribution in the Kansas City area.
WNCT, Channel 9, August 29, 2015
WNCT Channel 9 reports on a recent book distribution in Greenville, NC conducted in partnership with Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
The Arlington Connection, August 18, 2015
Representatives from The Reading Connection, First Book, Boeing and other partner agencies stuff more than 900 backpacks with school supplies and books for local children in need.
World Economic Forum, August 14, 2015
The World Economic Forum speaks to President and CEO of First Book, Kyle Zimmer, as part of a blog series on Social Entrepreneurs.
Western Mass News, July 28, 2015
The Springfield Federation of Paraprofessionals challenges educators to sign up with First Book to bring 40,000 brand new books to students before the new school year.
WPVI-TV, July 28, 2015
First Book volunteers in Philadelphia provide new books to hundreds of children across the city through the local Playstreet program.
Washington Post, July 29, 2015
First Book joins White House officials and nonprofit partners at Eddie’s Hair Design in Washington for a read-along with local kids, emphasizing the need for age-appropriate books in community gathering places where kids spend time.
Critical Mention, June 30, 2015
First Book fills backpacks with STEM Books for kids in several San Diego Schools as part of the U.S. STEM Solutions Conference.
Book Riot, May 11, 2015
In their May 11 podcast, Book Riot highlights First Book’s Stories for All Project and why they are proud to have selected the organization as their 2015 charitable partner. Tune in at 13:40.
School Library Journal, May 14, 2015
School Library Journal details the 2015 Stories for All Project title selections and how First Book is making them available to kids in need and beyond.
Bustle, May 9, 2015
Kathleen Culliton of Bustle shares why First Book’s Stories for All Project matters: “kids who love to read are kids who can relate to the books they are given.”
GalleyCat, May 8, 2015
GalleyCat shares First Book’s latest Stories for All Project effort to make 60,000 children’s books featuring diverse voices and experiences available in trade paperback format for the first time ever.
KSPR, May 12, 2015
The Ozarks Literacy Council (OLC) receives one thousand new books from First Book. The books will be provided to kids in the region through OLC’s existing backpack program.
Education Week, May 12, 2015
Education Week shares findings of a new report, Read for Success: Combating the Summer Learning Slide in America, which followed rural or low-income students in 16 states for two years to see if summer learning loss could be mitigated.
9 News, May 11, 2015
Students from 21 Jefferson County, Colo. schools are taking home new, diverse books to read this summer thanks to a donation from First Book and community partners. Each school also received 100 new books for their library.
Publishers Weekly, May 5, 2015
Publishers Weekly breaks the First Book’s announcement to make 60,000 diverse, inclusive books available to kids in need through the Stories for All Project.
Huffington Post, April 24, 2015
Kyle Zimmer, First Book President and CEO, and Jane Robinson, CFO, discuss the achievements and challenges of impact investing, which were on display at Oxford University’s Said Business School this month at a gathering of investors, social entreprenuers and other stakeholders.
Disney’s ‘Magic of Storytelling’ Literacy Campaign Kicks Off to Provide Up to 1 Million Books to Kids
Yahoo News, January 20, 2015
Yahoo News shares the Magic of Storytelling campaign and First Book partnership with Disney and ABC.
The View, March 4, 2015
First Book COO Chandler Arnold appears on The View to announce the Hot Dudes Reading for a Cause campaign to promote the Magic of Storytelling.
The Chew, March 4, 2015
The Chew announces the partnership between @hotdudesreading and First Book and shares the Magic of Storytelling campaign.
Book Riot, March 17, 2015
Riot New Media announces First Book as its 2015 charitable partner.
NBC/WMC Action News, March 9, 2015
NBC/WMC Actions News at 5 reports the 500,000 book donation to Memphis area provided by First Book and Literacy Mid-South partnership.
CBS/WREG News, March 9, 2015
CBS/WREG News Channel 3 announces First Book’s partnership with literacy Mid-South and collaborative donation to Memphis schools and libraries.
Associations Now, March 12, 2015
Associations Now announces First Book’s partnership with @hotdudesreading on Instagram and highlights the benefits of the social media platform in engaging with nonprofit networks.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 11, 2015
The Chronicle of Philanthropy describes the charitable online platform, Viewers to Volunteers, mentioning First Book’s involvement as a nonprofit affiliate.
The Commercial Appeal, March 12, 2015
The Commercial Appeal recognizes Frist Book’s partnership with Literacy Mid-South and the collaborative donation to several schools and libraries in Memphis.
Shelf Awareness, March 16, 2015
Shelf Awareness reports on James Patterson’s donation of 100,000 copies of his new middle-grade book Public School Superhero to under-resourced schools and youth programs through First Book.
The Huffington Post, March 11, 2015
First Book joins other great organizations on The Huffington Post’s list of the 10 best organizations that help to get books to kids.
Right This Minute, February 6, 2015
Right This Minute speed reads in support of First Book and Disney ABC’s Magic of Storytelling campaign.
Central Jersey, January 23, 2015
Mercer County Community College (MCCC) announces partnership with First Book, Burlington County College (BCC), the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) to deliver more than 40,000 free, high-quality books to children in need.
Good Morning America, January 20, 2015
Ginger Zee kicks off First Book and Disney | ABC’s Magic of Storytelling campaign with a call for #sheflies on Good Morning America.