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First Book Friday: “500,000 books? Bring it on!”

Today’s guest blog post is from Anna Taleysnik-Mehta, Operations Manager for the First Book National Book Bank, who believes that world peace can be achieved one box of books at a time, and does her small part by coordinating large scale distributions around the United States. …And with those words,… Read More
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Goodreads, Give Books

Earlier this month we were happy to announce that First Book joined forces with Goodreads, one of the largest online communities of readers, to bring more books to more children this summer. This summer the Goodreads community will be reading ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad’, by… Read More
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JetBlue and PBS KIDS Soar with Reading!

JetBlue crewmembers, PBS KIDS host Mr. Steve and PBS KIDS Characters Hooper and Super Why! touched down at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library this week to encourage children to keep reading over the summer. This summer, JetBlue and PBS KIDS launched the Soar with Reading program. Children traveling on JetBlue… Read More
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First Book Friday: Summer Literacy Skills

Today’s guest blog post is from Susanne Sparks, an engagement manager at First Book. She’s passionate about leveling the playing field so that all children can learn, grow, and thrive. As a child, I was a voracious reader. My mother eventually decided that since I read books so quickly,… Read More
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2010 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories Winner

Today’s guest blog post comes from Ron Rauss,  an author, illustrator, and published photographer.  Ron lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and son. He was announced as the 2010 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories New Author Contest Grand Prize winner in March 2011 and will have his first picture book “Can I… Read More
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Summer Bliss & Books

First Book loves the summer! We especially love all of the opportunities to read a great book in great weather. First Book believes that every child should experience the joy of summer reading, but we recognize that there are children who do not have access to books to read in… Read More
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First Book Friday: Summer Learning Day

In celebration of National Summer Learning Day, First Book was lucky enough to bring 150,000 brand-new books to the National Mall to stuff into backpacks going to children in need all over the country. Seeing the  the hundreds of volunteers that came out to support our efforts… Read More
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Chris Draft and Summer Reading

Veteran NFL Linebacker Chris Draft has been one of First Book’s biggest supporters. His energy, enthusiasm and passion are infectious, and we’re grateful that his organization, The Chris Draft Family Foundation, has partnered with First Book to promote childhood literacy and get more books to kids. Chris made… Read More
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The Achievement Gap Starts In the Summer

This week is First Book’s Summer Reading Week! Summer is an exciting time of year that provides students with the opportunity to relax and take a break from the demands of school. It is also the time of year when many students suffer summer learning and… Read More
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Barclays Brings Books to Kids in Need

Today’s guest blog post is from Julia Falkenstern, a Strategic Alliances coordinator at First Book. Julia works with corporate partners like Barclays, KPMG and Pi Beta Phi to ensure that children from low-income families throughout the country have the opportunity to own new books. At the end of May, First Book… Read More