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2nd Annual First Book Title Raves

Earlier this month, we released our second annual “First Book Title Raves,” a comprehensive list of 15 titles published in 2019 that earned recognition from First Book’s network of over 450,000 educators who serve kids in need. This list is curated based on five-star educator reviews on the First… Read More
For Educators, Our Partners

When Holidays Aren’t Happy for Everyone

This post is written by guest blogger, Maria Collins, vice president of the New York Life Foundation For many, the holiday season can be a wonderful time of year filled with celebrations and family gatherings, time spent reminiscing about all the joy-filled moments that took place over the past year… Read More
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First Book Calls on Its Community of Educators to Promote Respect and Empathy

A lack of respect and empathy increases the possibility for disputes to occur, challenging a child’s ability to step into the shoes of another person and experience the world through that perspective. At First Book, we recognize educators require support to eliminate educational barriers like these that prevent kids from… Read More
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I Do, We Do, You Do: Hands-on Math Resources for You and Your Students

If you’re an educator, “I Do, We Do, You Do” may already be a strategy implemented in your classroom. For those who might not be as familiar, this is the basic concept of this teaching strategy: “I Do”: Educator explains the concept and demonstrates the skill.“We Do”: Educator and… Read More
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What Educators Want to Ask Presidential Candidates

As the presidential debates begin to heat up, we asked educators what they would ask the presidential candidates. Here’s what’s on their minds: Their kids are coming to school hungry. “How will you help end, this year, food scarcity…specifically, food for kids during the summer when they cannot access free… Read More
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The 2019 Estela & Raúl Mora Award Winner and Honorees

In honor of her parents, The Estela and Raúl Mora Award was established in 2000 by renowned author and poet Pat Mora. The award honors libraries and programs that celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day, El día de los niños, El día de los libros (also known… Read More
For Educators, Our Bookshelf

How Educators Use “All Are Welcome” in the Classroom

From arts and craft projects that inspire students to own their uniqueness to conversations of diversity and inclusion, several educators have used All Are Welcome to create opportunities for students to celebrate inclusivity within their community. Read More
For Educators, Impact Stories

“All Are Welcome” Into a Community of Reading

For many students, the start of the school year can be stressful – prompting isolation, shyness, and learning obstacles. The most important part of an educator’s job is making students feel welcome. “I’m always looking for opportunities for our kids to experience that their work and their words do have… Read More