Author Archive: Melanie Boyer

First Book turns 25!

Posted in: Focus on First Book

First Book is celebrating 25 years of bringing books and resources to kids in need! From a simple effort that began in 1992 with a handful of books and some spare time, we have grown into a social enterprise that has distributed more than 160 million books in nearly 30... Read more

Three children reading books

First Book and NEA Foundation Commit to Supporting Social and Emotional Learning for Kids in Need Through Increased Access to Diverse Books

Posted in: Our Partners, Press Room

Diverse books can catalyze empathy, understanding—a teacher-identified top-priority WASHINGTON, April 17, 2017 – First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise, and the NEA Foundation, are joining in a two-year partnership to respond to a teacher-identified top education priority—the acute need to cultivate social and emotional wellness, by expanding the Stories for... Read more

Award-winning author Kwame Alexander reads from "Animal Ark" at National Geographic.

Newbery Medal-winning Author Kwame Alexander Joins National Geographic and First Book to Support Kids in Need

Posted in: Press Room

Educator-focused event features keynote address from Alexander and reading from his book, Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures, a National Geographic Kids publication WASHINGTON, April 3, 2017 – Tomorrow night, Newbery Medal-winning author Kwame Alexander will address hundreds of educators and professionals supporting children in need... Read more

First Book Dramatically Expands Access to Free Books and Educational Resources for Children in Need, Citing Rapid Growth in Demand

First Book National Book Bank launches new platform granting full-time access to resources as the nonprofit social enterprise reports 40 percent increase in registered network WASHINGTON, March 7, 2017 – With school funding in more than 23 states still below pre-recession levels, and with afterschool and youth programs challenged for... Read more

image of an educator reading to two kids from a picture book. There is text that says, 'Matching Challenge: Be a Champion for Educators! Your gift by May 31 can go twice as far to provide new, high-quality books and other resources educators need to help students unlock their full potential.' There is a red button in the bottom, right corner that says, 'I'll give now'.