Author Archives: Rochee Jeffrey

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Writing for a Cause This Holiday Season!

Through the end of the year, freelance writers with Demand Media Studios will have their fingers to the keyboard in hopes of providing new books to kids in need. The writers, whose articles are often featured by the likes of, and other content partners, are able to give… Read More
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Harlem Globetrotters Get Books to Kids!

First Book is thrilled to be partnering with the Harlem Globetrotters in 2012 to help bring thousands of books to kids in need across the county.   For over 80 years, the Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining and dazzling kids and their families all around the world with their incredible basketball skills… Read More
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Happy Thanksgiving!

We are grateful for the many volunteers, donors and supporters who help us get millions of books to kids in need each year. Enjoy your holiday and make sure to grab  a great book this weekend!      … Read More
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First Book Canada Needs Your Help!

We need your help. Target Canada is offering $100 for each vote an organization receives on!  Will you vote for First Book?  That’s a ton of books to kids-in-need in Canada. This campaign is open to Canadian and US residents thirteen years… Read More
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First Book and AFT Bring a Truckload of Books to Hurricane Sandy Victims

Last night, four First Book employees, with help from American Federation of Teachers’ volunteers, ventured to a small alley in the financial district of New York City to unload, label and sort 30,000 children’s books for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The American Federation of Teachers and their local New York… Read More
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Are Your Lights on After School?

Today's guest blog post comes from the nation's leading voice for afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance is the only organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments. Today the Afterschool Alliance boasts more than 25,000 afterschool program partners and our publications reach more than 65,000 interested individuals every month. As First Book supporters know all too well, students across the U.S. are falling behind in basic literacy skills, with those in low income communities at greatest risk.  The impact on these students’ future success is devastating.   One intervention that can help are quality afterschool programs. Through book clubs, mentors, storytelling, home work help and more, afterschool programs can provide the personalized extra help and hands on projects that support the acquisition of reading and writing skills.   Programs can creatively weave literacy building activities into arts, cooking, sports, and almost any hobby or interest. Despite the proven benefits of afterschool programs, 15 million kids—that’s 1 in 4 youth— we want to change that figure, and we’d like your help.  Please join us in celebrating the nation’s rally for afterschool programs this October 18.  During the 13th annual Lights On Afterschool, more than 1 million Americans will attend 7,500+ events nationwide.   Even the Empire State Building will light up to call attention to the need for more afterschool resources. are alone and unsupervised after the school bell rings, with no opportunities for engaging learning opportunities that extend beyond the walls of the classroom and help build literacy skills. Read More
For Educators, Our Partners

Today is Read for the Record Day!

Today, millions of people all over the world will read “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad”, by David Soman, as part of Read for the Record. Our friends at Jumpstart hold this event every year, bringing together parents, teachers, kids, volunteers, celebrities, political leaders and everyone… Read More
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Introducing @FirstBookMarket!

FOLLOW @FirstBookMarket Looking for brand-new, high-quality books for your school or program? The First Book Marketplace is an online resource available exclusively to Title I schools and community-based programs serving children in need. Sign up to get books… Read More
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dd’s DISCOUNTS Shoppers Bring New Books to Kids in Need

dd’s DISCOUNTS is celebrating the back-to-school season with their annual Youth Literacy Fundraiser, an in-store donation drive that provides new books to local children in need through First Book. Through Sept. 3, you can make a donation at the register of any of the 104 dd’s DISCOUNTS stores – 100%… Read More