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Happy Turkey Day!

Thanksgiving has to be one of First Book’s favorite holidays; we love the food (who doesn’t like pumpkin pie?) and we love spending time with our friends and family even more. This is also the time of year when we get a chance to reflect on all the things we… Read More
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First Book and Jet Blue Soar With Reading!

First Book is excited to be partnered with JetBlue’s “Soar with Reading” program.  Soar with Reading aims to keep children reading throughout the summer, harnessing a combination of in-flight and online literacy resources, community reading events and proving new books to children in need. For every… Read More
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A Click of the Mouse = A Book to a Kid!

If you grew up with books of your own at home, you know what a powerful impact they had on your life. But kids from low-income families typically have no books of their own at home, and few, if any, in their classrooms. You can imagine the impact… Read More
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Happy Halloween!

For the seventh year running, the staff of First Book journeyed to Ben’s Chili Bowl, a D.C. landmark, to celebrate Halloween, display their costumes, and eat half smokes. We hope you have a spooky and spectacular Halloween!… Read More
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A Beauty Queen's Passion for Literacy

Today's guest blog post comes from Jessica Terrill. Miss Terrill is Miss Mississippi State University and a communication major with an emphasis in broadcasting. I’ve always been a dreamer.  Since a very young age, my parents encouraged me to dream big and to truly believe in those dreams and my ability to attain them. In early high school, I had the opportunity to lend a hand in an afterschool program, and I volunteered to help tutor a group of third grade students each day. I will quickly tell you that I had no idea of what I was getting myself into, and thought this new task that I was taking on would be simple and easy. After working with these kids for only a short time, one fact became very clear to me. Of this small group of third graders, only a hand full were reading well—most hardly could read, if they could at all. I was shocked at my discovery and over time I visited other classrooms—only to find the same results. After experiencing this harsh reality, it truly brought the illiteracy crisis that our nation is facing home to me and made this truth all the more real. After being forced to face this reality, I was determined to put all the effort I could towards changing this, and teaching and sharing with kids and our communities about the importance of reading, the benefits of reading, and the vital part I feel it plays in each child’s future. Once I began this journey, I quickly found out about the organization, First Book, and it became a passion of mine from the very start. I was so Read More
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First Book Wants You!

Does your job involve getting books to kids? IT TOTALLY COULD. We need hard-working, talented people to join us at First Book! We’re looking for … entrepreneurs with a passion for our mission, a wide range of talents and superior written and verbal communication skills. We’re looking for people… Read More
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California Dreamin'

What makes for a successful book distribution? A spacious warehouse, enthusiastic partners, and amazing volunteers. Our latest distribution in Stockton, California had all three! Over 50 fantastic volunteers, many recruited through Stockton’s Chamber of Commerce, came out to help distribute over 150,000 books. The work was… Read More
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Boston Cares

Today’s guest blog post comes from Patrice Keegan, the executive director of Boston Cares. Boston Cares mobilizes more than 25,000 volunteers annually in support of Greater Boston schools and non-profit agencies As part of Boston Cares’ 9/11 Remember & Serve initiative, we developed a series of volunteer service projects to benefit… Read More
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Win a Gift From Philosophy

First Book and our partner, philosophy™, believe that every child deserves a bedtime story. That’s why philosophy™ just launched sweet dreams fresh cream shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath, with 100% of their net proceeds from the sale of this product going directly to First Book. In support… Read More
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First Book Canada’s Southern Ontario Distribution

 Today’s blog post come from Rebecca Mills. After a successful career in corporate communications, Rebecca Mills is now pursuing her dream of a career in publishing. She is a recent graduate of the Humber College Creative Book Publishing program and is now an intern at First Book Canada. Rebecca… Read More