A Note From First Book on Hate Crimes in 2019

No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela (1994)

As this year comes to a close and we mourn the unconscionable religious attacks and hate crimes of 2019, First Book enters the new decade with renewed commitment to teach empathy, respect, and diversity to all our children. Through our beautiful curated books and resources we will continue to support inclusion, love, and the power of education. Through our network of 450,000 educators, First Book is building a movement that elevates the next generation and strengthens the work of their dedicated educators. We are filled with hope because our movement gets stronger every day.