The "Oprah" Show and the Gift of Books

First Book is deeply grateful to have been part of “Oprah’s Surprise Spectacular” on today’s show – her third-to-last television broadcast. We were overwhelmed when 13,000 people at the United Center stood in tribute to Oprah Winfrey and the power of reading – each holding a brand new children’s book to be donated to a child in need through First Book. Surprises don’t get much better than that!

Oprah's final audience of 14,000 holds up books provided by First BookBut the story doesn’t end there. Thanks to the audience’s generosity, more than 25,000 new books in total will be given to children in low-income communities throughout the country, including a donation of over 1,100 books for the children at KIPP Believe College Preparatory Academy in New Orleans, the school that was featured in the broadcast.

Honoring The “Oprah” Show’s 25-year legacy with a donation of 25,000 books for kids in need makes for a pretty spectacular surprise. Even though the guest of honor may not like surprises much, we could tell she liked this one.

Everyone at First Book thanks the audience of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for supporting our work and sharing the love of reading with children who need books in their lives.

First Book also thanks the fabulous people at Harpo for tapping us for this remarkable opportunity. You are an inspiring group, and we are honored to have worked with you.