Author Archives: Julia Hornaday

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For Educators, Impact Stories

187 Reasons Why a Teacher Needs Books

Today’s guest blogger, Sarah Kilway, wrote to us after receiving hundreds of new books for her students. We couldn’t resist sharing her story with you. I teach 187 kids at Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center in Indianapolis, IN. The majority of my students live in poverty. Most have only one… Read More
Impact Stories

My Kids Need Books

Today’s guest blogger, Adara Robbins, is 8th grade teacher at YES Prep Southwest, a public charter school in Houston, Texas. My students and I during after school study time. Where do you see yourself in five years? It’s a tough question. But imagine trying to answer if you didn’t know… Read More
Impact Stories

Once a Mentor, Forever a Friend

It’s been over 10 years since Mr. Wilbert Scott and Cashadell Lewis first met, but both remember it like it was yesterday. “My name is Cashadell, but you can call me Cash,” said Lewis. “You call me Mr. Scott. And I will call you… Read More
Impact Stories, Our Partners

Books Strengthen Family Bonds

Lydia sat with her two children in the waiting room. Her eldest read aloud from his new book, pausing every now and again to teach his mother and younger sister how to say the words in English. His little sister beamed with pride when he let her turn the page. Read More
Focus on First Book, Impact Stories

More Than Books for Back to School

Yesterday marked the first day of school for many kids across the country. And from Sacramento to Savannah, classroom shelves were stocked and backpacks stuffed to the brim with brand new books from First Book. For over 20 years, we’ve been in the fortunate position to help teachers get the… Read More
For Educators

Who Can Sign Up with First Book?

When the school year ends, so do many support systems kids in need rely on. Thankfully there are thousands of organizations working across the country to help kids in need during the summer months. First Book is here to support all of them. We don’t just work with… Read More
Focus on First Book, Impact Stories

Oh, the Places You'll Go

Shannon Bowers’ son Alex loves Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go. Shannon gets teary-eyed when they read it together. Someday Alex will grow up, go to college and live out his dreams. Alex gets teary-eyed when Shannon reads too many of the pages. He’s five now. That’s… Read More
For Educators

Purina® "PAW"ty Challenge (Funpage for Kids)

First Book and Purina® have teamed up to celebrate two of our favorite things – reading and pets. And we want you to join the fun! Click on the image to download and print our Purina® “PAW”ty Challenge funpage. You’ll find creative activities like drawing, story… Read More
Focus on First Book

80,000 Books to Help Kids Read, Lead, Achieve

It was only 6:30 in the morning, but over 100 teachers had already lined up outside of the Children’s Museum of Houston – each eagerly waiting to select new books for their students. “It is hard to describe the lump I had in my throat when I drove up and… Read More
Focus on First Book, Impact Stories

In a Haitian School: Only 50 Books for 250 Students

Four years ago this week, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti. The tragedy left 1.5 million citizens displaced from their homes, hundreds of thousands dead and devastated an already depressed economy. Today, Haiti remains the poorest country in the Americas. And while much has been done… Read More