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Global Nonprofit Giving Kids’ Books to Afghan Families and Children in Tulsa

Fox23, June 22, 2022

 A global education nonprofit will distribute a special collection of children’s books to Afghan immigrant and refugee families and children in Tulsa.

Room to Read, an organization dedicated to literacy and gender equality, announced it’s giving more than 51 thousand children’s books to the families and children who have resettled in Tulsa and other locations across the U.S.

Room To Read is partnering with Episcopal Migration Ministries, First Book and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to distribute the books through at-home, afterschool and summer programs, and to educators who work in communities with students resettled from Afghanistan.

15 Tips to Improve Nonprofit Decision-Making Processes

Forbes, June 6, 2022

A panel of Forbes Nonprofit Council members – including our CEO Kyle Zimmer – shared specific actions a nonprofit leader can take to begin making improvements to the decision-making processes within their organization.

Education Expo Stocks Bookshelves

Tribune Chronicle, June 6, 2022

Hundreds of children, parents and educators stocked up on their summer reading material during a summer reading expo and book giveaway at Newton Falls Middle School on Saturday. More than 15,000 books were made available at no cost to families, educators and school staff.

Newton Falls was chosen as the site of the event because of its proximity to other communities and schools that also benefited from the event. The Brookfield Federation of Teachers, Jackson Milton Educators Association, Lordstown Teachers Association, Mahoning County Educational Service Center Education Association, Mineral Ridge Education Association and the Newton Falls Classroom Teachers Association, as well as the Ohio Federation of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers and First Book were all instrumental in assuring the success of the reading expo.

Chris Long Foundation Launching New Edzone Program

CBS 19, May 25, 2022

A Charlottesville native’s nonprofit will be hosting a book distribution and book reading this Friday. The Chris Long Foundation is working with First Book and Charlottesville City Schools to put on the event at Burnley-Moran Elementary School.

According to a release, this is part of the Chris Long Foundation’s new EdZone program, which aims to advance education equity issues in communities across the United States.

Chris Long Foundation’s New ‘Edzone’ Program Impacts Area Students

Jerry Ratcliffe, May 25, 2022

This Friday, the Chris Long Foundation, in partnership with FirstBook and Charlottesville City Schools, will be hosting a book distribution and book reading at Burnley-Moran Elementary School as part of the Foundation’s new EdZone program.

10 Strategic Ways Nonprofits Can Influence Giving from Major Corporations

Forbes, May 24, 2022

A panel of Forbes Nonprofit Council members – including our CEO Kyle Zimmer – shared additional strategies nonprofit leaders can leverage to influence major corporations to support community-serving efforts.

KPMG Pledges an Additional 1 Million Books to Chicago Readers

Crain’s Chicago Business, May 23, 2022

The mission of KFFL is to eradicate childhood illiteracy by putting new books and educational resources into the hands of children in need and developing the next generation of young leaders through reading. Since its inception in 2008, KFFL, in collaboration with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise, has provided over 6 million new books to students in underserved communities across the country.

White Plains Teachers’ Association Distributes 40K Free Books at Fair

The Examiner, May 15, 2022

Thousands of books arrived at Eastview Middle School Saturday for an all-day literacy fair aimed to promote reading for White Plains students and their families.

The outdoor event, hosted by the White Plains Teachers’ Association (WPTA), featured free books for students of all ages — including English, Spanish and bilingual titles — that were provided through a partnership between the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and educational nonprofit First Book.

Author to Moderate Conversation about Banned Books

Rapid City Journal, May 12, 2022

The author of one of the five books that may be destroyed by the Rapid City Area School District will moderate a Community Conversation & Celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Mitzi’s Books in Rapid City. Educators, students, parents, writers and others have been invited to the event, which will include remarks from community members and a celebration of books that have been banned throughout history. There will also be a book signing.

Eggers has been involved in partnerships such as First Book and other programs that donate books to schools, libraries and students.

The Most Charitable Chain Restaurants in America

Mashed, May 5, 2022

Pizza Hut also has a strong connection to students of all ages. As reported by QSR, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the company offered $500,000 in grants to educators to use for resources for their classrooms, including books. The company also launched The Literacy Project and created BOOK IT!, a program that gives kids pizza for reading. Throughout 2022, Pizza Hut committed to donating $1 from every sale of a BOOK IT!-themed meal to First Book, a nonprofit that gets books and school supplies to kids.

Pizza Hut CMO Talks about Bringing the Book It Program to Modern Classrooms – Exclusive

Mashed, May 3, 2022

While BOOK IT! is widely recognized for its incentive program, encouraging kids to rack up book titles in exchange for free pizza, the nearly 40-year-old enterprise has grown to help encourage learning in a variety of ways. “The BOOK IT! Program offers homeschool, summer, and classroom programs, as well as grants to eligible educators for books and educational resources through our nonprofit partner, First Book,” Morgan further explained to Mashed.

Pizza Hut CMO Lindsay Morgan Explains The Struggle Bus And Hacks The Menu – Exclusive Interview

Mashed, April 21, 2022

The BOOK IT! Program is the nation’s longest running corporate supported literacy program. It impacts more than 14 million students each year. The BOOK IT! Program offers homeschool, summer and classroom programs, as well as grants to eligible educators for books and educational resources through our nonprofit partner, First Book.

Students Struggle with Mental Health during the Pandemic

Fox Baltimore, April 20, 2022

As K- 12 students readjust to life back in the classroom, educators are noticing more than half are struggling with mental health issues.

A national state of emergency has been issued to raise awareness about pandemic related mental health crisis and the need to help students.

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Impacting Educators and Students’ Mental Health

Action News 5, April 20, 2022

A pediatric psychologist is shedding light on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting students’ mental health, especially those in underserved populations.

Dr. Ariana Hoet joined Action News 5′s Andrew Douglas at the digital desk to discuss how educators are encountering mental health barriers in the classroom and how the pandemic has exacerbated the problem.

Dr. Hoet also shared what resources are most need for both educator and students.

Books Donated to Fresno Unified as Part of Magic of Storytelling

ABC30, April 14, 2022

In an effort to spark creativity and stimulate the imagination in young minds, students at Kirk Elementary in Southwest Fresno were treated to some new books Friday — many of them featured favorite characters from the World of Disney and Star Wars.

Disney has donated millions of books to First Book — a nonprofit that puts books into the hands of educators who serve children in need.

Norwalk Schools and Unions Partner to Distribute 40,000 Books to Kids

The Hour, April 14, 2022

Students and their families can start building a home library next month as The Carousel of Reading will offer 40,000 new books for children.

Norwalk Public Schools, in collaboration with employee unions, has partnered with the international nonprofit First Book to provide children with free books including new releases and best sellers. Norwalk High School will host the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21.

Students’ Struggle with Mental Health Worsened by Pandemic

Cincinnati Enquirer, April 14, 2022

Educators working in low-income schools reported that 53% of students struggle with mental health issues, a problem that was worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey from educational nonprofit First Book and Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s On Our Sleeves alliance.

Students’ Struggle with Mental Health Worsened by Pandemic

Kentucky Enquirer, April 14, 2022

Educators working in low-income schools reported that 53% of students struggle with mental health issues, a problem that was worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey from educational nonprofit First Book and Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s On Our Sleeves alliance.

Data Analytics to Advance HR Practices for the Social Sector

The SHRM Blog, April 13, 2022

Data analytics has long been used by the private sector to provide a thorough examination of organizational performance in areas such as marketing, sales, and operations. However, the social sector has lagged behind in using data-driven approaches to support organizational goals, and this is also true when it comes to human resources. It is holding the sector back.

For more than a decade, First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise, has used data analytics to inform everything we do.

Students’ Struggle with Mental Health Worsened by Pandemic

Akron Beacon Journal, April 12, 2022

Educators working in low-income schools reported that 53% of students struggle with mental health issues, a problem that was worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey from educational nonprofit First Book and Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s On Our Sleeves alliance.

Educators Say over Half of Low-Income Students Struggling with Mental Health Issues

The Columbus Dispatch, April 11, 2022

Educators working in low-income schools reported that 53% of students struggle with mental health issues, a problem that was worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey from educational nonprofit First Book and Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s On Our Sleeves alliance.

Yet only 20% of the 967 educators surveyed feel prepared to support those struggling students, the study found.

Local Organizations Give Thousands of Books to DC Families

WDVM, April 9, 2022

The American Federation of Teachers and Washington Teacher’s Union hosted a “Reading Opens the World” Family Literacy and Book Fair event.

More than 40,000 books were available at the event, where families with children of all ages could select a variety of books to take home.

First Book, an Innovative Leader in Education Equity, Releases Groundbreaking Research Illustrating the Impact of COVID-19 on Emotional Wellness of Students in Underserved Communities

Cision PR Newswire, April 5, 2022

First Book, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring education equity for children living in poverty, today announced the results of a national survey designed to identify emotional wellness challenges faced by school-age children. In addition to reinforcing earlier findings regarding the devastating mental health effects of COVID-19, this survey shed new light on the severity of this impact — especially in communities of need. It also established that emotional wellness issues have become a significant barrier to education for many students who attend schools in these communities – a majority of whom are children of color. Pediatric psychologists from Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s On Our Sleeves movement for children’s mental health partnered with First Book to offer a clinical perspective on survey questions and process.

6ABC Donates 5,000 Children’s Books to Local Nonprofits

6ABC News, March 31, 2022

Disney and 6abc are celebrating the Magic of Storytelling, and we’re proud to help get new books into the hands of children in our communities.

For every book purchased through Disney through December 31, Disney will donate a book to the nonprofit “First Book.”

2022 Women in Business Awards: Ginger Young – Book Harvest

Triangle Business Journal, March 24, 2022

What female business person or leader do you admire most? I am deeply inspired by Kyle Zimmer, the CEO of the international social enterprise First Book. Since she co-founded First Book in 1992, First Book has provided 200 million books to children and families worldwide. Kyle’s vision and genius have built a sustainable, market-driven solution to ensure that every child has access to high-quality books and educational resources. My own work to realize equal access to books is less lonely because of Kyle.

About Books with Kyle Zimmer

C-SPAN, March 17, 2022

Kyle Zimmer talked about First Book, a non-profit social enterprise she founded 30 years ago. Her organization focuses on educational equity for children in need around the U.S. About Books also reported on the latest publishing industry news and insider interviews, and current non-fiction books featured on C-SPAN’s BookTV for the week of of March 20, 2022.

Scbwi Announces Golden Kite Awards; Jason Reynolds Delivers a Paean to Mailboxes

Publishers Weekly, March 12, 2022

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators presented the awards in a stand-alone program on March 15. SCBWI announced winners live on Zoom, in an event featuring National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds.

First up was the award for Picture Book Text, announced by Lift author Minh Lê. Joanna Ho won for Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, illustrated by Dung Ho (HarperCollins), directing her donation to the educational equity nonprofit First Book (“They are the reason I was able to revamp my school’s entire library,” Ho said).

First Book Charts New Growth

Publishers Weekly, March 4, 2022

First Book, the Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit that provides books and other resources to classrooms and programs serving children in need, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone—and ensure future ones—the organization has launched a bold scaling plan seeking $12 million–$15 million in investment funding that will enable it to quadruple in size in the next five to seven years.

750 Rivesville Students Receive Books from National Nonprofit

Times West Virginian, February 25, 2022

First grade students at Rivesville Elementary and Middle School lined up to receive books Thursday that were donated by a national nonprofit.

The program aptly named First Book, which is funded by the American Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, donates books to children who may not have the normal means to have books in their homes.

Mrs Wordsmith Partners with DK to Bring Hilariously Fun Literacy Resources to Families across North America

PRNewswire, February 22, 2022

Mrs Wordsmith – The world’s silliest learning company – and DK- the illustrated non-fiction global publisher – have joined forces to bring seven award-winning books and games for kids ages 4-to-13 to bookstores across the United States and Canada. This timely partnership comes after an extended period of virtual learning and homeschooling, where kids, teachers and families are hungry for interactive, curriculum-approved FUN!

This launch coincides with a donation of Mrs Wordsmith books and games to First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to ensuring educational equity for children living in poverty. This donation is part of the company’s long-term commitment to fostering a love of reading, and supports First Book’s efforts to provide free and affordable books and resources to educators serving kids in need in order to address barriers to education.

5 Top Takeaways: How Children’s Literature Is Getting More Diverse, and Why That Matters

Early Learning Nation, February 17, 2022

Our CEO, Kyle Zimmer, attended the February 4 “Writing a New Chapter: Advancing Diversity in Children’s Books” webinar coproduced by Too Small to Fail, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) and Raising A Reader.

K. T. Horning, director, Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, provided evidence that the publishing industry has begun to showcase more Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) authors and characters. Furthermore, Michaela Goade recently became the first Native American illustrator to win the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best children’s picture story. However, representation on shelves still doesn’t amount to the demographic makeup of the United States.

Here are our takeaways from the webinar.

A Partnership in Mat-SU Sends More than 60,000 Salvaged and Donated Books to Alaskans across the State

Anchorage Daily News, February 10, 2022

Author Alys Culhane created a nonprofit to save books bound for the shredder, joining partners in a grassroots effort that’s now shared more than 60,000 volumes with readers around Alaska.

Milena Sevigny, TOTE Maritime’s community relations program manager, agreed to help distribute books across Alaska as part of the BookWaves program run by First Book, a national organization based in Washington, D.C., with a coalition of partners working to get books to Puerto Rico and Alaska.

Team First Book Seeks Volunteers

Port City Daily, February 10, 2022

An all-volunteer nonprofit is calling for help to get books into the hands of elementary school students..

Team First Book, established in 2006, gifts books to children in grades K-2  in New Hanover County. To date, the organization has been able to provide 35,000 children with 80,000 books countywide.

Disney and First Book Partner for 10TH Annual Magic of Storytelling Campaign

Laughing Place, February 7, 2022

Disney kicked off its 10th Annual Magic of Storytelling campaign with First Book, a nonprofit organization that puts free or affordable books and resources into the hands of educators who serve children in need.

Disney Kicks off the 10th Annual Magic of Storytelling Campaign in Collaboration with Nonprofit Organization First Book

3BL CSRwire, February 2, 2022

Disney invites you to join as we celebrate the 10th year of Magic of Storytelling to cultivate the next generation of storytellers. Fans can visit to find out how they can help Disney and First Book provide even more books to educators who serve children in need. As part of Disney’s “Buy a Book, Give a Book” campaign, for every book purchased on now through December 31, 2022, Disney will donate a book to First Book.

Build-A-Bear Workshop Celebrates 25 Years of Furry Friendship

The Toy Book, February 1, 2022

The Build-A-Bear Foundation is coordinating with First Book, a nonprofit that addresses educational barriers for low-income kids, to fight poverty through educational equity. Build-A-Bear is also expanding its programs to provide opportunities and resources and to help its associates grow professionally and personally.

Texas Center for the Book Will Partner with First Book for Lone Star Día

Concho Valley Home Page, January 27, 2022

First Book agreed to work alongside the Texas Center for the Book for this year’s Lone Star Día occurring on April 30th, in order to bring multicultural children’s books to Texas Libraries.

Monday Memos: Roomready Expands; First Book Donates 5,606 Books

The Pantagraph, January 24, 2022

The nonprofit First-Book-McLean County recently awarded $22,426 in grants to Children’s Home & Aid – Home Visiting, Healthy Start at the Baby Fold, Heartland Head Start, Gregg Chadwick Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy Center, Sarah Raymond Early Education, Scott Early Learning Center, Sugar Creek Elementary and Unit 5 Early Learning. A total of 5,606 books were presented to children from McLean County.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Charitable Work throughout the Years

US Weekly, January 19, 2022

After releasing her children’s book, The Bench, in June 2021, Meghan announced that she and Harry would be donating 2,000 copies of the book to schools, libraries and more. Archewell Foundation is partnering with First Book nonprofit to distribute the book around the country.

MLK Day Inspires Service, Literacy Campaign

Phillips 66, January 17, 2022

In a joint effort, the Black Employee Networks of Bayway Refinery in New Jersey and Rodeo Refinery in California launched the Gift of Literacy campaign to provide books and supplies to lower-income schools in their communities. The literacy campaign, and other service projects related to the MLK holiday, are part of the Phillips 66 Good Energy program, which encourages employees to volunteer to improve their communities. BEN teamed up with First Book, which will provide books for schools in Union County, N.J., and California’s Bay Area. The books will represent diverse characters and voices.

Pizza Hut Continues ‘Newstalgia’ Marketing Approach With Book It! T-shirts

Promo Marketing Magazine, January 12, 2022

Available through December 31, 2022, for every BOOK IT! Bundle sold, Pizza Hut will donate $1.00 to our literacy partner First Book, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring educational equity. The BOOK IT! Bundle includes 2 large, 1-topping pizzas and breadsticks making it the ideal feast for past and present BOOK IT! – loving families.

Give Back and Throwback in the New Year with the Book It!® Bundle from Pizza Hut

PRNewswire, January 5, 2022

Available through December 31, 2022 at participating Pizza Hut locations nationwide, for every BOOK IT! Bundle sold, Pizza Hut will donate $1.00 to our literacy partner First Book, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring educational equity. The BOOK IT! Bundle includes 2 large, 1-topping pizzas and breadsticks making it the ideal feast for past and present BOOK IT! – loving families.

Kevin Hart Discusses Children’s Book at Allen M. Stearne Elementary School

The Philadelphia Tribune, January 4, 2022

Students from the Allen M. Stearne Elementary School had an opportunity to talk to comedian, actor, producer, entrepreneur and bestselling author Kevin Hart about his new children’s book “Marcus Makes a Movie.” Hart, who attended Allen M. Stearne Elementary School as a student, participated in the virtual event with students last month. Third, fourth and fifth grade students at Stearne received their own copy of Hart’s book. More than 1,000 copies of the book were donated by book publisher Random House and national nonprofit First Book to participating schools for their classrooms and libraries.


In Another Pandemic Year, Rising to Meet Challenges

The New York Times, December 28, 2021

In The New York Times‘ latest Neediest Cases Fund article, Rebecca Brinkman, a third-grade teacher, details how she used books and resources from First Book to support social and emotional well-being this school year. Social and emotional learning teaches kids how to handle emotions, develop empathy and positive relationships, set goals, and make good decisions.

Celebrations and Gifts That Embody the Holiday Spirit

The New York Times, December 23, 2021

Our #GiveaMillion campaign, which strives to provide 1 million new, relevant, high-quality books to kids in need this holiday season, and our Stories for All Project™ was featured in The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund.

Actor, Comedian, and Author Kevin Hart Returns to Hometown for Virtual Event with School District of Philadelphia for Debut Children’s Book, Marcus Makes a Movie

PRNewswire, December 16, 2021

In partnership with First Book and the School District of Philadelphia, Random House Children’s Books was excited to bring beloved comedian, actor, producer, entrepreneur, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hart back to his hometown of Philadelphia for a major virtual event with Philadelphia schools. The conversation, moderated by CBS Philly reporter Natasha Brown, featured a Q&A with the author and six students from his alma mater, Allen M. Stearne Elementary School. During the event, Hart discussed his new children’s novel, Marcus Makes a Movie, the first in a series, and shares his message to kids that through hard work, perseverance, and teamwork, they too can make their dreams a reality.

Build-A-Bear Foundation Announces New National Partnership with First Book Ahead of Build-A-Bear’s 25th Anniversary

PRNewswire, November 30, 2021

Build-A-Bear Foundation affirmed its commitment to helping children and families achieve their best futures through its mission to add a little more heart to life by sharing hugs, inspiring creativity, and supporting those in need.  As Build-A-Bear enters its 25th year, the Foundation is honored to announce a partnership with First Book, the largest online community of educators serving kids living in poverty, supporting their mission to build a path out of poverty through educational equity. The partnership is part of a renewed focus on childhood literacy efforts, while continuing to deliver teddy bear hugs and financial support to those in need.

Giving Tuesday 2021: Where to Shop and How to Participate

NBC News, November 30, 2021

First Book, alongside other organizations and companies, was featured as a way to give back on Giving Tuesday.

Tidal Wave of New Books Arrive at Mesa Grande Elementary School in Hesperia

Victorville Daily Press, November 18, 2021

The Youth Literacy Fundraiser by dd’s Discounts in Hesperia allowed Mesa Grande to purchase 4,000 books from First Book.

First Book Launches 3rd Annual Give a Million Holiday Fundraising Campaign

PRNewswire, November 15, 2021

First Book, the largest online community of educators serving kids in poverty, announced the launch of its annual holiday giving campaign to raise $1 million to provide 1 million new, high-quality books to kids in need. Give a Million, the end-of-year fundraising initiative that runs through December 31, sets an ambitious goal culminating in the gift of a new, high-quality book to 1 million children living in poverty to take home this holiday season.

Afterschool Program to Provide Free Books for SISD Students at COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

KTSM, November 14, 2021

Socorro AFT received a $17,500 grant from First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that advocates for education for children in need by providing educators with ongoing access to new, low-cost, high-quality books and educational resources. The Socorro American Federation of Teachers, an afterschool program, gave away free children’s books at an Immunize El Paso COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

8 Bookish Nonprofits and Organizations to Donate to on Giving Tuesday

Book Riot, November 11, 2021

First Book, alongside 7 other literary and bookish nonprofits, was featured as a way to give back on Giving Tuesday.

Bringing Books to Children That Speak Their Language

The New York Times, November 4, 2021

The Black Is Beautiful Book Project is one of several Leaders Readers Network projects to promote literacy through representation, an issue enforced by the teachers the organization works with. The network collaborated with First Book, a beneficiary of The New York Times’s Neediest Cases Fund, as part of First Book’s Stories for All project, which promotes the publishing and selling of diverse titles.

Here’s How Organizations Can Put Intersectionality to Work

World Economic Forum, October 21, 2021

Read 7 tips in this article from Pavitra Raja at Schwab Foundation, which features our CEO, Kyle Zimmer, about how institutions need to incorporate an understanding of intersectionality into their policies and practices.

The Busload of Books Tour Thinks Big

Publishers Weekly, October 19, 2021

Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson will be spending the 2022-2023 school year traveling the country in a tiny home school bus, visiting Title I elementary schools in all 50 states and giving away 25,000 books to kids from underserved communities. Through its network, First Book is helping to identify schools for the family to visit.

People in the News (10/03/2021): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

Philanthropy News Digest, October 3, 2021

First Book has announced the appointment of four new board members, each of whom will serve a three-year term. Chequan Lewis is vice president of operations at Pizza Hut; Manish Madhavani is partner in charge of New York financial services at KPMG; Lidia Soto-Harmon is CEO of Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital; and Carla D. Thompson Payton is vice president for program strategy for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Why the Nonprofit Sector Can No Longer Dance around Infrastructure Challenges

Forbes, September 28, 2021

Our CEO, Kyle Zimmer, breaks down how nonprofits are tackling humanity’s most complex problems — but without the fundamental infrastructure afforded to private sector counterparts. While the social sector addresses entrenched issues, often ones that have perplexed humanity for generations, a major problem hinders that work: The basic infrastructure that bolsters the private sector is nonexistent for nonprofits.

13 Challenges Nonprofits Face When Securing Corporate Sponsorships

Forbes, September 20, 2021

A panel of Forbes Nonprofit Council members – including our CEO Kyle Zimmer – weigh in on the biggest challenges nonprofit organizations encounter when attempting to partner with corporations.

15 Strategies for Balancing Nonprofit Growth with a ‘Lean Startup’ Mentality

Forbes, September 10, 2021

A panel of Forbes Nonprofit Council members – including our CEO Kyle Zimmer – shared a few tactics nonprofit leaders can use to find balance between business growth and the “lean startup” mentality that led to success.

‘GMA’ Surprises College Football Player for Going above and Beyond

Good Morning America, August 27, 2021

North Carolina Central University’s Jessie Malit has a goal of collecting and donating 1,000 books to the village in Kenya where his mom is from.

AFT-WV Celebrates 10 Years of First Book Program in Charleston

WV Metro News, August 26, 2021

Nearly 7.5 million books have been distributed to students nationwide as part of a program that started in West Virginia 10 years ago.

The nonprofit First Book launched a partnership with the American Federation of Teachers in 2011 at then-West Side Elementary School in Charleston to offer free books and other supplies to schools who lacked access.

The 3 Areas Title I Educators Say American Rescue Plan Funds Should Be Spent On

County News Online, August 17, 2021

More than $120 billion has been allocated to schools from the American Rescue Plan. But the vast majority of individuals charged with ensuring student success at diverse K-12s and in under-resourced programs—Title I educators—say they haven’t had a voice in how it should be spent.

According to a new study done by non-profit First Book Research & Insights, only 17% of classroom leaders who likely should have a say haven’t been asked how they would allocate some of that funding. If it were up to them, books and learning materials, mental health support and a boost to support staff would be top priorities.

The Voice of America’s Educators Teaching Children Living in Poverty

Philanthropy News Digest, August 15, 2021

Educators serving children in need see books and student mental health as the top priorities for allocations of federal American Rescue Plan funding, a report from First Book finds. Based on a survey of more than two thousand teachers, the report, The Voice of America’s Educators Teaching Children Living in Poverty: Educator Priorities for the American Rescue Plan K-12 Funding (31 pages, PDF), found that a vast majority of respondents prioritized books and learning materials for their own classrooms (99 percent) and the school and community as a whole (86 percent) — books that encourage reading for pleasure (87 percent), help struggling readers (86 percent), reflect diversity and inclusion (82 percent), and promote social-emotional learning (78 percent).

The 3 Areas Title I Educators Say American Rescue Plan Funds Should Be Spent On

District Administration, August 11, 2021

More than $120 billion has been allocated to schools from the American Rescue Plan. But the vast majority of individuals charged with ensuring student success at diverse K-12s and in under-resourced programs—Title I educators—say they haven’t had a voice in how it should be spent.

According to a new study done by non-profit First Book Research & Insights, only 17% of classroom leaders who likely should have a say haven’t been asked how they would allocate some of that funding. If it were up to them, books and learning materials, mental health support and a boost to support staff would be top priorities.

With American Rescue Plan Funding Arriving for Back to School, New First Book Study Reveals That 97 Percent of Educators Want to Give Input on Funding Allocation, 75 Percent Have Not Yet Had the Opportunity to Do So

PRNewswire, August 10, 2021

First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to educational equity as a path out of poverty, today released the findings of a nationwide survey of 2,004 educators serving kids in need that examines their spending priorities for American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding. The report provides valuable insights from frontline educators supporting children’s immediate and long-term needs.

Vineyard Vines Brings Back Annual ‘Whales for a Cause’ Campaigns in Partnership with Simon & Schuster and First Book

Yahoo! Finance, August 5, 2021

Vineyard vines, a lifestyle apparel brand best known for its smiling pink whale logo, announced the return of their annual Whales for a Cause campaign in August 2021. In partnership with renowned publisher Simon & Schuster and First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to educational equality, the brands will provide new books to kids in need.

‘A Brave Space’: Harwich Teacher Part of National Projects on Race, Immigration and ‘Hard History’

Cape Cod Times, June 19, 2021

First Book recently sought teachers who were engaged in anti-bias, anti-racist teachings to participate in its “Empowering Educators” project, a video series and guidebook that serve as resources to teachers for discussing race and racism in the classroom.

AFT launches ‘Stamping Out Racism and Hate’ campaign ahead of Juneteenth

The Highland County Press, June 17, 2021

Ahead of Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the end of enslavement in the United States, the American Federation of Teachers has announced the launch of the “Stamping Out Racism and Hate” campaign, centered around educators building culturally responsive and inclusive communities for our students, so every child has the educational opportunity to thrive.

The campaign is powered by partners including the NAACP and First Book, who join the AFT to extend the reach of valuable resources and tools to support educators in having those conversations.

Meghan Markle Donates 2,000 Copies of Her Children’s Book across the U.S.

PEOPLE, June 10, 2021

Meghan Markle is sharing her first children’s book with families across America. Archewell is partnering with nonprofit First Book to distribute the books around the country.

Meghan Markle Donating 2,000 Copies of Her Children’s Book to Places around the U.S.

Entertainment Tonight, June 10, 2021

The Duchess of Sussex released The Bench earlier this week. The sweet picture book details the special bond between father and son, which was inspired by her husband, Prince Harry’s, connection with their 2-year-old son, Archie. The couple announced through their Archewell Foundation website that they would be donating 2,000 copies of the book to libraries, schools and many other family gathering places in the U.S. Meghan and Harry are also working with nonprofit First Book to distribute the books around the country.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Charitable Work throughout the Years

US Weekly, June 10, 2021

After releasing her children’s book, The Bench, in June 2021, Meghan announced that she and Harry would be donating 2,000 copies of the book to schools, libraries and more. Archewell Foundation is partnering with First Book nonprofit to distribute the book around the country.

Increasing Human-Centered Design in the Social Sector

Forbes, June 4, 2021

Our CEO, Kyle Zimmer, breaking down barriers to equity in education at First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise.

Episode Two: How Her Simple Idea Helped 200 Million Children Living in Poverty

Reinventd, May 22, 2021

In this podcast, John Millen shares the story of Kyle Zimmer and First Book in this inspiring conversation.

15 Features Every Nonprofit Website Should Have

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.

Equal Access to Computers Moves Entire Casa Blanca School Community

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.

Disney Channel Stars Share Passion for Books at ABC13’s Magic of Storytelling Celebration

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.

First Book Launches ‘Give Learning a Shot’

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.

Magic of Storytelling: Teacher Hosts Library outside Her Home

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.

Free Book Giveaway for Palm Beach County Students This Week

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.

5,000 Books Donated to Fresno Unified School District

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 program to empower 50,000 students in low-income communities in the US, with international expansion to follow.

Magic of Storytelling Cultivates Next Generation of Storytellers

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.

Advancing Racial Equity through Innovative Cross-Sector Partnerships

Forbes, February 25, 2021

CEO Kyle Zimmer breaking down barriers to equity in education at First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise.

11 Ways Nonprofits Can Garner Feedback from Donors and Customers

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.

Snipes Academy to Receive 500 Free Books through Magic of Storytelling Campaign

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.

Learning during the Pandemic | Nonprofit Report, January 28, 2021

Mark Oppenheim leads a discussion on how educators are developing young minds during the pandemic with guests: Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers; Richard Barth, CEO of the KIPP Foundation; and Kyle Zimmer, President, CEO & Co-Founder of First Book.

How to Rebrand without Alienating Members: 11 Strategies for Nonprofits

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.

10 Ways Nonprofits Can Develop a Self-Funding Model

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.

Magic of Storytelling: Nominate a School to Receive 500 Free Books

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.

The View Joins First Book & Disney for ‘Magic of Storytelling’

The View, January 13, 2021

The View are thrilled to celebrate the #MagicOfStorytelling with Disney as we cultivate the next generation of storytellers! Learn how you can join First Book to get books to kids in underserved communities at

12 Ways to Keep Nonprofit Board Members Motivated

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.


10 Stories of Support in a Year of Obstacles

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.

Giving Tuesday: First Book

MSNBC, December 1, 2020

This Giving Tuesday, MSNBC are highlighting “First Book,” a group has sent nearly 2 million books to children at food banks, shelters, and other community programs. President, CEO and Co-Founder Kyle Zimmer joins Katy Tur to discuss the work that this organization is doing.

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.

Pizza Hut Unveils Collection of Free Antiracism Resources for Educators

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.

Slowing the #SummerSlide

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.

For Kids Who Don’t Have Books at Home, Communities Are Working to Reach 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.

Businesses Provide Free Resources to Help Those Impacted by COVID-19

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.

Misty Copeland, Tiffani Thiessen and More Launch Virtual Storytime Initiative

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.

Stars Join Virtual Storytime Program for New #ReadTogetherBeTogether Family Reading Movement

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.

Helping Out during the Coronavirus Crisis: Where, What & How to Donate

Forbes, March 21, 2020

“First Book is working on getting 7 million books to kids in need, who don’t have home libraries or Internet access for home learning. You can help here:”

How You Can Help during the Coronavirus Outbreak

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.”

$50,000 Grant Will Fund 13,000 Books for Tennessee Students

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.

Righting the Power Imbalance between Funders and NGOs

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.

How to Support Students Affected by Trauma

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.”

Blazing a Trail of Fundraising Success

Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 2020

First Book keeps expanding…such growth could only be possible via collaboration and the technology that fosters it.

WABC Heads to the Bronx for ‘Magic of Storytelling’

ABC7NY, February 5, 2020

Disney’s “Magic of Storytelling” campaign made its way to the Bronx on Wednesday to help bring the knowledge of books to kids alongside First Book.

This Teacher Raised Money for 1,000 Books So Her Students Would Learn to Love Reading

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.


Here’s What Companies Are Doing This Giving Tuesday

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

First Book is aiming to raise $1 million to get 1 million books to kids this Giving Tuesday!

Obamas’ Publisher Makes New Pledge to Education Organization

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 in the Obama family’s name.

$1 Can Lead to 1 Million Books for Kids in Need This Holiday Season

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

First Book has launched Give a Million, a Giving Tuesday campaign designed to raise $1 million between now and December 6th to get 1 million new, high-quality books to children in need in time for the holidays.

First Book President, CEO, and Co-founder Kyle Zimmer in Authority Magazine

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.”

Kyle Zimmer Builds Community of Educators on Frontlines of Economic and Educational Justice

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.

Star Wars Droids, Illustrator Surprise East la School with a Reading Party

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

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.

Books Not Bullets: New Community Outreach Program in Jefferson County

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.

First Book Grant Funds Books for Migrant Children

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.

Is This the K-12 Edtech Marketplace That Finally Succeeds?

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.

How to Stock Your Classroom Library

Edutopia, July 11, 2019

Tips for bringing high-interest, culturally relevant books into your classroom on a modest budget.

18 Free (or Cheap) Ways to Stock Your Classroom Library

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.

A New Playbook at First Book

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

NFL Player Clinton McDonald and First Book Help Mid-south Children Learn the Joy of Reading

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.

Grant Funds ‘Epic’ Book Drive

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.

Kyle Long Helping Chicago Kids Get New Books

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 Win Engage for Good Halo Award

Engage for Good, May 27, 2019

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’, 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, First Book Gift Students with ‘World of Imagination’

North Dakota United, May 22, 2019

“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.” 

Toronto Teen Girls’ Book Club to Have Meet-and-Greet with Michelle Obama

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.

First National Antiracist Book Festival Launched by National Book Award Winner

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.”

Literacy for All Radio Show: Books for Youth

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

First Book, 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.

First Book Transforming High-Needs Classrooms and Programs across the U.S.

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

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.

Taking Resources Away from High-Needs Schools?

Medium, March 12, 2019

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?

Disney & First Book Want Kids to Know the Magic of Storytelling

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.

First Book, Rise up Partner on Donations to Schools

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.

Delivering Education Research “the Last Mile,” Social Enterprise First Book Launches New Initiative 

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.

First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer at the World Economic Forum

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.”

We Need to Talk about Failure in the Social Sector

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.


12 Days of Charitable Giving: First Book

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!

Todd Gurley Surprises Students at Local Elementary School for Book Reading

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 Magazine: 31 Days of Giving

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, November 27, 2018

Pizza Hut’s First Book Bundle for Giving Tuesday Helps Give Education to Kids in Need

Elite Daily, November 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).

It’s Now Easier Than Ever to Give to Charity on Giving Tuesday

MarketWatch, November 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.

17 Us-Based Charities That Put Books in the Hands of Children

Chronicle Books, November 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.

How First Book Increased Conversion Rates by 18.5 Percent in One Year

Classy, October 1, 2018

Learn how First Book worked with Classy to create a better user experience for donors.

First Book and Hena Khan: Stories for All

Phil&Co., September 18, 2018

Listen to First Book’s cataloging manager, Yukari Matsuyama, and author Hena Khan discuss diversity and inclusion in children’s books, and why First Book’s Stories for All Project™ is so important.

School Is Back in Session: Here’s Our Assignment

Medium, September 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.

26 Best Books for Latino Kids

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.

Celebrating Diversity through Books

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: Hurricane Harvey One Year Later

Charity Navigator, August 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.

Celebrating Diversity through Books

Parents Magazine, August 7, 2018

Kids will see themselves in these 20 titles, suggested by the nonprofit First Book, and also learn more about each other.

Social Entrepreneurs Can Change the World – But These 6 Things Are Holding Us Back

World Economic Forum, August 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.

First Book, Jimmy Fallon, and Macmillan: 3,000 Books to Kids in Need

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!

Literary Nonprofits Using Books to Make a Difference

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.

A Party Fit For Mermaids

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.

Disney, First Book, and NYJTL Distribute 20k Books in the South Bronx

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.

Insight: First Book President, Co-founder, and CEO Kyle Zimmer

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

Summer Meals Program Offers More Than Free Food

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 Celebrates World Book Day at Imagine with First Book

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: The Cost of Empty Bookshelves

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.

27 Tweets That Sum up Just How Wonderful (and Hilarious) Dolly Parton Is

Upworthy, March 30, 2018

The View: First Book, Disney, and #Shelfies

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.

Mark Cuban-Beanstack Reading Challenge Is a Win-Win for All

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.

The NFL Taps Pizza Hut as Its New Official Pizza Sponsor

Cheddar, February 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.

Nick Lachey Surprises Kids with Free Books and Pizza to Encourage Literacy

Babble, February 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, February 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.

Disney Launches Magic of Storytelling with First Book

Good Morning America, February 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

TFA’s Prism Network Partners with First Book to Create LGBTQ-Inclusive Libraries, and You Can Help!

Huffington Post, January 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.


Disney Launches Fifth Annual Magic of Storytelling with First Book

Good Morning America, December 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

First Book and Domtar Distribute 40,000 Books to Kids in Need

WCCB News, Charlotte, N.C., December 27, 2017

VIDEO: First Book and Domtar distributed 40,000 books to educators serving children in need in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

15 Literary Organizations to Support in 2018 to Make Your Reading Year the Most Meaningful Yet

Bustle, December 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.

This Educator Didn’t Punish Troublesome Kids. She Gave Them a Closet Full Of Stuff.

Upworthy, November 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.

First Book Keeps Looking after Young Readers

Publishers Weekly, November 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.”

Essentials for Kids: First Book and Hurricane Relief

The Business of Giving, November 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.

Help Hurricane Victims This Christmas by Giving the Gift of Reading

Woman’s Day, November 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 with the badge “Buy One, Give One,” a donation will be made to First Book, a nonprofit that provides books to children in need.

This Life-or-Death Industry Isn’t What You’re Expecting. It’s Children’s Education.

Upworthy, November 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.

From the Philanthropy 400: Who Got the Most Million-Dollar Gifts

Chronicle of Philanthropy, November 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.

Barnes & Noble Donates $1m in Books to First Book for Hurricane Relief

Publishers Weekly, September 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.

Aggregating Educator Insights to Create Lasting Impact for Kids in Need

Forbes, September 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.

Rising Concerns over Literacy Rates in Canada

Global News Canada, September 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.

Helping Houston

Politico, September 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.

‘Essentials for Kids’ Provides Hurricane and Funding Relief

Publishers Weekly, September 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.

Booksellers and Publishers, from near and Far, Provide Aid to Harvey Victims

American Booksellers Association, August 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, August 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.

Emotional Health Opens Doors

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.”

New E-commerce Opportunities for Kids’ Books

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 Stopped by the First Book Office in Washington, D.C.

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.”

Simon & Schuster to Donate up to 5,000 Copies of “Take Heart My Child: A Mother’s Dream”

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.

Partnering with the Nea Foundation to Bring Diverse Books to Students: Q&A with Kyle Zimmer

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.”

World Book Day: From Books Deserts to Reading Oases

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.

WWE Wrestlemania Week Orlando

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.

A Child with a Book Is a Promise to the Future

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.

Free Books Given Out in Leon County

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.

Non-profit to Give Away 40,000 Books to the Community

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.

Fueling Learning for Children in Need

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.

Charity Hands Books to Children in District

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.

Barack and Michelle Obama Land Reported $65 Million Book Deal

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.

Obamas Sign Book Deals with Penguin Random House

The Washington Post, February 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.

Penguin Random House Acquires Global Rights to Books by Obamas

Wall Street Journal, February 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.

Penguin Random House Announces Book Deal With the Obamas

NPR, February 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.

Obamas Make Book Deal With Penguin Random House

The New York Times, February 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.

First Book: A Novel Model for Social Enterprises

Wharton Social Impact Imitative, February 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 Shares 20 Ways to Invest in the Future of Education

Upworthy, February 7, 2017

First Book gets a mention as Upworthy shares tips for ordinary people who want to support public education.

Getting Good Books into the Hands of Low-Income Children

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 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.

First Book: The First 25 Years

Education Market Association’s Essentials, January 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.


Donate to Literacy Charities for #GivingTuesday

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.

Moving on Up: ‘They All Saw a Cat’

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. 

Holiday 2016: 20 Places to Shop for Gifts That Give Back

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.

Open Ebooks Announces Compatibility with Clever

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. 

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. 

20,000 Jason Reynolds’ Books Donated to Children in Need

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.

Realizing the Multiplier Effect of Books

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. 

Open Books, Open Worlds: 6 Ways to Get Free (or Cheap) Books for Kids

Indian Country Today, April 20, 2016

Books can be prohibitively expensive. Indian Country today highlights several ways to make books affordable (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. 

Balancing the Books

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. 


School Reading Unbound: A New Project Aims to Bring E-books to Lower-Income Students

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. 

First Book Mixes Market Forces and Philanthropy to Help Poor Children

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. 

Warehouse Full Of Free Books Distributed to Tucson Kids

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. 

First Book: A Story (within a Story) Of Transformation

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. 

Hundreds of Volunteers Gather for Major Book Distribution

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. Partners with First Book

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.

Here Are 15 Literary Nonprofits to Donate to This #GivingTuesday

Bustle, December 1, 2015

First Book featured as one of the 15 literary nonprofits to donate to this #GivingTuesday by Bustle. 

Book Donation Effort Leaves Lasting Impact on Young Minds in Border Cities

Dallas News, November 27, 2015

Karen Furlong, the founder of Starr Readers, receives books for area children from First Book. 

6 KISD Schools Receive Thousands of New Books

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. 

New Brunswick Students Get New Books

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. 

IT Firm Donates 6,250 Books to Jefferson City Schools

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.

Local Elementary Schools to Share Donation of 10,000 Books

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.

Creating a Market for Diverse Books

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.

Penguin and Books a Million Launch Campaign to Donate Books to Children in Need

Children’s Book Council, September 17, 2015

Books-A-Million, Penguin and author Brad Metzler announce a new partnership to benefit First Book. 

Free Books to Open New Chapter for Kids

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. 

Free Books Given to Families and Schools in Need

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. 

Arlington: Joint Effort Distributes 900 Backpacks

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.

How Can We Get Books to the Children Who Need Them Most?

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. 

Thousands of Books to Be Donated to Springfield Kids

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. 

Playstreets Aims to Get Kids Reading This Summer

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. 

The Unexpected Place Where the White House Wants Your Kids to Read

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. 

San Diego Students Receive Backpacks with Stem Books

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.

Podcast: The Book Riot Podcast, Episode #105

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. 

First Book to Publish 60,000 Copies of Diverse Children’s Titles

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. 

Nonprofit First Book Will Donate 60,000 Diverse Children’s Books to Kids Who Need Them

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.”

First Book to Give 60k Diverse Children’s Books to Kids in Need

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.

Springfield’s Ozarks Literacy Council Receives Books from First Book

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. 

More Books for Rural Kids, Classrooms, May Decrease Summer Learning Loss

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.

Third Graders Get Free Books for Summer

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. 

First Book, Corporate Partners Make 60,000 Books Available to Children in Need

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. 

The Triumphs and Tribulations of Impact Investing

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.

First Book Team Shares the Magic of Storytelling

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. 

Hot Dudes Reading for First Book

The Chew, March 4, 2015

The Chew announces the partnership between @hotdudesreading and First Book and shares the Magic of Storytelling campaign. 

We Practice Charity: The Recipient

Book Riot, March 17, 2015

Riot New Media announces First Book as its 2015 charitable partner.

Volunteers Needed to Help Book Donation Distribution

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. 

Half a Million Children’s Books to Be Given to Those in Need

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.

Don’t Be Camera Shy: Making the Case for Instagram

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. 

Just-Launched Website Lets Ordinary People Give Away Corporations’ Money

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. 

Literacy Organizations Donating Nearly 500,000 Free Books

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.

James Patterson Donating New Book to First Book

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. 

10 Awesome Book Charities That Help Kids All over the World

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. 

Speed Reading Raises Awareness for Nonprofit First Book

Right This Minute, February 6, 2015

Right This Minute speed reads in support of First Book and Disney ABC’s Magic of Storytelling campaign. 

Mercer Joins First Book Initiative

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. 

Take a #Shelfie for Disney’s ‘Magic of Storytelling’ Campaign

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.