Author Archives: Brian Minter

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Focus on First Book, Impact Stories

33,000 Books to Kids! So what?

From everyone at First Book, a hearty welcome and a sincere ‘thank you’ to all our new followers on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, and an equally heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all our supporters and partners who shared last week’s social media message far and wide. Thanks to all of you,… Read More
Focus on First Book

Wanted: West Virginia Volunteers

First Book has been working hard to get new books to West Virginia kids this year. We distributed over 300,000 books to children from low-income families, and we joined forces with the American Federation of Teachers to ensure that those kids have access to an ongoing… Read More
Focus on First Book

If You Give a Child a Book …

We are big fans of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond’s “If You Give …” series. You know them. “If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk,” and “If you give a moose a muffin, he’ll want some jam to go… Read More
For Educators, Our Bookshelf

Read a Banned Book This Week

This week is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating our freedom to read whatever we like. It’s not that we want to celebrate the banning of books, of course. What we celebrate is the power of books to convey ideas, even ideas that are shocking, controversial or… Read More
For Educators, Our Bookshelf

‘The Snowy Day’ Celebrates 50 Years

One of our all-time favorite books, “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, just celebrated it’s 50th anniversary! Because this book is so special to so many people, it’s one of the titles we carry on the First Book Marketplace. If you work with… Read More
Impact Stories

"Thank you, from the children of Dover, NC"

I received the Hooked on Phonics yesterday. I was so excited and I just wanted to thank First Book. These kits will be well-used by the children in my hometown. Most of them could not afford such a kit, and I know it will make a significant difference in their… Read More