Author Archives: Julia Hornaday

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Impact Stories

How Kansas City Kids Beat Summer Slide

This blog was originally posted on July 25th, 2014. It has been updated with new outbound links. All summer long, you’ve heard how summer slide – the learning loss that occurs when kids are out of school – adds… Read More
For Educators, Our Partners

Is Your Family Up for the Challenge?

Parents and caretakers play a critical role in kids becoming readers. By enjoying stories together, parents can help children learn to love reading right in their own homes! First Book is always eager to share opportunities that encourage families to read together. And through February 19, 2016, we’ve… Read More
Focus on First Book, Impact Stories

A Heartfelt Thank You

One of the best things about working at First Book is receiving thank you notes from the educators and kids we serve. Cathy Stang, a Learning Resource Teacher from Adrian Elementary School in South Euclid, Ohio, recently sent a HUGE stack of silly, sincere… Read More
Impact Stories

Children Should Have Books

Diane Brownstone Diane Brownstone grew up one block from the nearest public library. She attributes her love of literature to her early proximity to books. “The public library of my youth gave me an addiction to books that has enriched my life.  My wish is to give this experience and… Read More
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First Book Joins White House to Bring Thousands of e-Books to Kids in Need

We know that access to books – in all forms – is critical for children to develop into readers. Now, through a new White House-led initiative, First Book is helping connect children in need across the country with access to thousands of e-books. The initiative, announced today by President Obama,… Read More
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INFOGRAPHIC: Books Make a Difference in Kids’ Lives (Now Available in Spanish)

Our popular infographic “Books Make a Difference in Kids’ Lives” is now available in Spanish. The infographic illustrates how the presence of books in a low-income community versus an upper-middle income community impacts a child’s life. Ahora encuentras nuestra infografía popular “Los libros hacen una diferencia en la vida de… Read More
Author Voices

Q&A with Mary Mazzio: Underwater Dreams documentary filmmaker

We had the privilege of speaking with Mary Mazzio – an award-winning filmmaker and creator of Underwater Dreams, a documentary film chronicling the inspirational story of four teenage boys, each the son of Mexican immigrants, who enter a sophisticated robotics competition and defeat the likes of engineering powerhouse MIT. In addition to… Read More
Focus on First Book

Welcoming We Give Books to the First Book Family

We can’t keep it a secret any longer! As of today, We Give Books has a new home at First Book. The online platform, which features nearly 300 digitally-optimized children’s books, enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of kids in need, simply by reading… Read More
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A Path Appears

Today’s blog post is an excerpt from A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, the latest book from New York Times’ columnist and best-selling authors Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. In A Path Appears, which was released yesterday by Random House, Nick and Sheryl highlight “some of today’s most successful… Read More