Author Archives: Gavin McGuire

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Impact Stories

Books-A-Go Go & First Book: 10 Years Later, One Million Books

Betty Metz, Founder and President of Books-A-Go-Go. “I had no idea what I was doing,” says Betty Metz, Founder and President of Books-A-Go-Go. Luckily for kids in Jacksonville, FL and later all over the world, she figured it out. During the past 10 years Betty and Books-A-Go Go have distributed… Read More
Focus on First Book, For Educators, Our Partners

First Book and Partners Respond to Hurricane Harvey

All of us at First Book are deeply saddened to see the horrendous flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts are especially with our First Book family: the thousands of Gulf Coast-area educators we serve, their students, and our Team First Book supporters in Matagorda County and… Read More
For Educators

**CONTEST CLOSED** Take the Shopping Cart Challenge!

You could win a First Book Marketplace credit! [Update 9/6/17] This contest has ended & the winner has been notified. ** The answer was $142.73!** THANK YOU to all who participated in our Shopping Cart Challenge. We’ll be hosting more giveaways like this during our 25th Anniversary… Read More
For Educators

How To Fundraise For Books & Resources With First Book: "The Main Event"

This will require planning, support, and input from your school/program community. Whether you opt for a bake sale, selling concessions during a school event or something more creative, there are plenty of options to generate funds to purchase the resources you need for the kids you serve. Below are 10… Read More
Impact Stories

Books for Kids and Hope for a Community

A group of weekend H.O.P.E volunteers. This group helped bring delicious, nutritious food to kids at risk for hunger. In Forsyth County, North Carolina, H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) of Winston-Salem knows there are people in the community who care about kids. H.O.P.E.’s mission is to use community-wide volunteer… Read More
For Educators

How to Fundraise for Books & Resources with First Book: "Do the Math"

Showing how you will impact the children you serve is an essential step in securing funding for the education resources you need. Demonstrating the ability to maximize every dollar you receive — and how much you will save by purchasing from First Book — can encourage program leaders and… Read More
For Educators, Impact Stories

Pride, Books, and More with TFA’s Tim’m West

With Pride Month already in full-swing, we recently had the chance to speak with Tim’m West, Senior Managing Director of Teach For America’s LGBTQ Community Initiative. We wanted to share his insights on advocating for and supporting LGBTQ youth, both inside and outside of the classroom. Tim’m’s years of experience… Read More
For Educators

Encouraging Reluctant Readers

For a young kid, reading can seem intimidating. They have reading homework, reading tests, reading quizzes and there are always bigger, harder words out there to learn. Not only that, much of what they’re expected to read might not reflect their experiences or capture their attention. It is easy… Read More
Author Voices

The Magic of Día: A Conversation with Author Lupe Ruiz-Flores

  The celebration of Día, or El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), can happen every day, but traditionally culminates each year on April 30th. This nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural… Read More