Author Archives: Brian Minter

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You Made This Happen: 213,802 Books in the Hands of Kids

That’s right. Thanks to everyone who donated to First Book over the holiday season – and thanks to a generous matching offer from our friends at Disney – First Book was able to provide 213,802 brand-new, high-quality books to schools and programs serving children from low-income families… Read More
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[INFOGRAPHIC] First Book's Big Year

* Click on the graphic to see a bigger, snazzier version. Learn more about how First Book provides new books to kids in need, and how you can get involved, at Read More
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Three Books for Kids in Need This Holiday Season

Together, we’ve put over 100 million new books into the hands of children who need them, and we’re counting on your support this holiday season. This year, thanks to our friends at Disney, the impact of your gift will be tripled! Every $2.50 donated to First Book… Read More
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What to get your favorite aunt for Christmas?

What to give your favorite aunt (or anyone else) for Christmas? Fruit cake? A reindeer scarf? Those mittens that are attached together with yarn? How about the gift of reading to kids in need, in her name? That’s right, every $2.50 you donate provides a brand-new, high-quality book for… Read More
Impact Stories

"They held onto those books like little treasures."

I wanted to take the opportunity to let you know that the books we received from your organization last spring were appreciated more than I can possibly convey. I work for the University of Texas at Dallas and we hold day camps for homeless children each summer. For the first… Read More
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And the winner is …

This morning at Martha’s Table, an amazing community program serving homeless families in Washington DC, First Book distributed our 100 millionth brand-new book. (Check out this great story on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.) That’s not a typo. Since the organization was founded in 1992, First… Read More
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New Books for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

As first-responders are working to provide these families with electricity, water, and other critical resources, First Book—in partnership with our local volunteers and partners—is raising funds to restock school and home libraries. After distributing more than 5 million books in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we know new books can… Read More
Our Bookshelf

Ten Books Every Child Should Own

UPDATE: The vote has ended! Over 13,000 people cast their ballots for their favorite children’s book, and we’ve announced the winner! Thanks to everyone who participated! We’ve updated this blog post with the complete list of titles, for posterity’s sake. # # # At First Book, our mission… Read More
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Civic Consumption: What It Is and How You Can Do It.

At First Book, everything we do is focused on putting new books into the hands of kids in need; that’s the big idea. But there are some other important ideas that go into that. One of these is the concept of ‘civic consumption’. If consumers, as a group, make buying… Read More