Author Archives: Brian Minter

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Focus on First Book, Impact Stories

Lots of Noise, But No One in the Room

“There is a great deal of noise on the stairs but nobody comes into the room.” — John F. Kennedy President Kennedy was referencing a Chinese proverb when he said that, making the point that it was easy to talk about problems, but much more difficult to fix them. Read More
Impact Stories

35,000 Programs and Counting

Exciting news! There are now 35,000 schools and programs serving kids in need in the First Book network. That’s 35,000 classrooms, libraries, church groups, afterschool programs, homeless shelters, military programs and daycare centers; all with permanent, ongoing access to a steady stream of brand-new, high-quality books. But as pleased as… Read More
For Educators

Back-to-School = Books

Summer is over. The time has come to sharpen pencils, load up backpacks and find your new home room! And, as students around the country return to school, the one thing that their teachers all need is books. There’s no greater predictor of success in school – and in life… Read More
Impact Stories

"Kids Can Have Their Own Books in Their Own Houses"

The thing that I like about First Book is that kids can have their own books in their own houses that their parents can read to them, and, later, that they can read themselves. — Jane Greene, First Book supporter Jane Greene is a longtime supporter of First Book. Read More
Focus on First Book

Target to Give $5 Million to Schools; Vote for Your Neighborhood School!

Target has always been one of First Book’s most stalwart supporters. Their support for education in the United States is comprehensive and long-lasting. Now they’ve embarked on an impressively gigantic new effort: $5 million for U.S. schools as part of their ‘$1 Billion for Education’ campaign. The giving campaign includes… Read More
Focus on First Book

Pirates, Ninjas, Dinosaurs, Etc.

Kids need books! Without books, children miss out on the chance to become strong readers and successful students – especially children from low-income families. And kids don’t just need any old books. They need books that they’ll want to read. One of… Read More
Focus on First Book

How We Can Change the World by Buying Things … Together

A single consumer isn’t able to change much about how a given company does business. But when thousands of customers join together and speak with a single voice, corporate leaders pay attention and make changes – whether it’s revising business practices, yanking advertising or offering new products or services. This… Read More
Focus on First Book, Impact Stories

How First Book Helped Save the MLK Day Parade

Because of First Book, over 4,000 students are happy that they know about Dr. Martin L. King Jr., his legacy and love of literature. In the words of Dr. King, thank you for seeking happiness for others. Your continued support and inspiration for the MLK Parade of Book Project made… Read More
Focus on First Book, Impact Stories

New Books! First Book Joins Forces With Cincinnati Teachers

“We’re taking a stand with our friends at the American Federation of Teachers to make sure kids in Cincinnati get the help they need — from all of us — to succeed. More than anyone, teachers understand the transformative power of books. By working together with teachers, First Book is… Read More