Author Archives: Melanie Boyer

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Children's & Teen Book Awards 2018
For Educators, Our Partners

Voice Your Choice in the Only National Book Awards Chosen by Kids!

Guest post from our partner, Every Child a Reader. Educators, it’s time for your students to vote! Every Child a Reader wants kids and teens to choose the winners of 11th annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards—the only national book awards chosen by kids! We have tons… Read More
Focus on First Book

Building Mirrors: Black Panther and the Importance of Authentic Voices

In a world where books function as windows into other lives and cultures, children of color are asking for more mirrors. Ninety percent of the First Book Network of educators said their students would be more enthusiastic readers if they could read stories with characters that reflect their… Read More
Jackson Shealy, Hunter Dawson, and Jackson Fisher, all fourth graders at Charleston Day School, labeling products for the annual holiday market, inspired by the Lemonade War. This year, all proceeds were donated to First Book and our hurricane relief efforts.
Author Voices

Author Jacqueline Davies on The Lemonade War and #KidsCan

The Lemonade War author Jacqueline Davies The Lemonade War was intended to be a stand-alone book—but five books later, The Lemonade War and its entrepreneurial protagonists have prompted kids nationwide to raise more than $150,000 to end childhood cancers, in addition to… Read More
Fourth graders at Charleston Day School donated the proceeds from their annual holiday market to First Book.
Author Voices

Kids Helping Kids — Because #KidsCan

Cookie mix, right off the assembly line. Hurricane Irma missed Charleston, South Carolina by about 200 miles, but it did not leave the historic city untouched. The storm’s outer bands came at Charleston with tidal surges reaching 10 feet high, the likes of which the town hadn’t seen since Hurricane… Read More
Focus on First Book, Press Room

Margaret Atwood, Junot Díaz, and More Join PBS’ Great American Read

First Book COO Chandler Arnold to serve on advisory board for groundbreaking, multi-platform series from Nutopia PASADENA, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2018) – Today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger announced key authors, celebrities, and notable figures in the entertainment, sports, news, and literary… Read More
Book Bank Boxes
Our Partners, Press Room

First Book and the Guru Krupa Foundation Provided More Than 18,000 Books and Essentials—Including Meals—to Kids in Need in 2017

WASHINGTON (Jan. 3, 2018) – The Guru Krupa Foundation, a private foundation that supports the preservation and acquisition of knowledge, distributed more than 18,000 books and educational resources, and 285 cartons of food, to kids in need this year, in collaboration with First Book. First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise… Read More