Author Archives: Margurette Awad

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For Educators, Our Partners

How Microsoft’s Literacy Tools Improve Reading Comprehension in Classrooms

The past two years have exacerbated existing literacy challenges and inequities and contributed to a drop in reading fluency for many students, especially English language learners and those with learning differences. To level the playing field for all learners and support educators and students during a challenging time, Microsoft developed… Read More
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First Book Research & Insights

Research & Insights: 2021 Highlights & Network Impact

Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 225 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income communities. First Book currently reaches an average of 5 million children every year and supports more than a third of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving… Read More
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Impact Stories, Our Partners

Build the Change: The LEGO Group’s Network Impact

In 2021, the LEGO Group, a partner of First Book, worked to take a new approach to provide resources to our growing network of educators. Instead of creating resources based on corporate goals or assumptions, the LEGO Group worked with First Book to conduct research and create materials that were… Read More
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Author Voices

How Books Shape Our Dialogue Around Diversity & Race

In 2021, the Children’s Cooperative Book Center reviewed 3,357 books and found that only 9.3% were written by Black authors and 13.3% featured Black characters. While the statistics are staggering, the problem with the lack of diversity in books extends beyond any bookshelf as the books we read and learn… Read More
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Author Voices

Meet Cece Bell – First Book Friend, Author & AppleTV Superstar

On January 7, the First Book family celebrated the El Deafo premiere on AppleTV, written and illustrated by long-time friend, donor, and author Cece Bell. Truly a wonderful human being and supporter of First Book, Cece and her husband Tom Angleberger, have always been generous when it comes to the… Read More
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Our Partners

How StoryBook Treasures Creates Engaged Readers

In low-income households, the ratio of books is 1 book per 300 children. To put that number in perspective, in middle-income households, there are approximately 13 books per child. The gap is eye-opening and hard to digest, which is why the partnership between StoryBook Treasures and First Book is so… Read More
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Focus on First Book, Our Partners

Our Favorite Family Engagement Resources

Throughout the last two years, families have learned first-hand what it takes to keep a child engaged in reading and education. Some of the challenges faced are new, and specific to the current state of affairs; other challenges, while perhaps not new are now compounded in an already tough learning… Read More
Our Bookshelf

We’re Still Here: Books to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Author Traci Sorrell inspired the theme of our latest book list to help educators, families, and children celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Her book, We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know, reminds us that Native American history is not a finished chapter. History and heritage of all cultures and peoples are ongoing and play a relevant part in our… Read More
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Our Bookshelf

Books to Help You Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September marks an important shift in the year – students are back in the classroom, the season shifts to fall, and we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. September 15 officially marks the first day of our annual celebration with the date also marks the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries. Read More
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First Book Research & Insights, For Educators

Back to School: How to Create a Welcoming Environment

At the beginning of a new school year, creating a classroom and a space where students and families feel welcome and comfortable is important. First Book has taken extra care to create resources and space for educators working diligently to help all students feel welcome. The… Read More