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When Life Gives You O.J.

First Book’s own Erica Perl, Director of Publisher Relations at First Book, is also an award-winning children’s book author. Her most recent effort, When Life Gives You O.J., is her first middle grade novel and was called “a must read for all 8-12 year olds”. Erica’s love and knowledge… Read More
Impact Stories

First Book Friday: My First Book Distribution

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. Last week, I traveled to Jacksonville, Fla. with three of my colleagues to distribute books via the First Book National Book Bank. As a new staff member, I knew facts about how the First Book National Book Bank operated, but was eager to learn more about the process. Susanne Sparks The First Book National Book Bank distributes excess inventory from over 90 publishing partners to educators and youth workers serving children from impoverished homes. Disney Publishing Worldwide donated the 430,000 we processed out of Jacksonville. The distribution had three phases. Tuesday, apply shipping labels to half of the boxes and get them out the door via six tractor trailers. Wednesday, gather boxes of books for pick-up at the warehouse. Thursday and Friday, meet the recipient group representatives—teachers, youth workers, and other "changemakers"—and help load the books into their cars, trucks, trailers, and yes, even a school bus. Read More
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430,000 Books To Kids!

Thanks to Disney Publishing Worldwide and the Duval County Public School System, First Book was able to distribute 430,000 books to kids in need throughout the country last week. We packed and shipped thousands of boxes and we loaded up dozens of cars and trucks with books; we even loaded… Read More
For Educators, Impact Stories

Why do kids need books at home?

Today’s guest blog post is from Sheila Frye (teachingliteracy). Sheila has been in education for over thirteen years serving as a Special Educator, Gifted and Talented Teacher, Reading Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Adjunct Professor of graduate education. A lifelong lover of reading, Sheila is currently… Read More
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The End of an Era: Goodbye to "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

After 25 record-breaking years on the air, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will be airing its last episode today. There is no question that Oprah Winfrey and her show have helped to inspire and change millions of lives.  First Book is particularly inspired by Ms. Winfrey's love for reading and support of literacy initiatives. Read More
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First Book Advisory Board Anniversaries!

As you know, First Book national celebrated its 19th Birthday this week, and we would like to recognize our First Book Advisory Board Anniversaries! Thank you for helping First Book achieve its mission: To provide new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy- access to books. Accordingly, we're thrilled to recognize the following Advisory Boards for reaching significant  5 & 10 year anniversaries.  Please join us in congratulating the following Boards for their significant achievements: Read More
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It's Our 19th Birthday!

It’s our 19th birthday today and we couldn’t be more excited!  Thanks to the support of our donors, partners, and volunteers, we have given over 80 million books to children in need. We are grateful to all of our supporters and the educators who help us fight illiteracy one book… Read More
For Educators, Our Bookshelf

Bullying and Books

Over the past year, the issue of childhood bullying has ignited national discussion and debate. We have heard countless stories of children, parents, and teachers who have felt powerless in the face of school bullying. Many of us wonder how we can reach young people who are being abused and change the culture of bullying in schools and communities throughout the nation. First Book firmly believes that books are a part of the answer. There is no denying that books can equip young people with the tools to better cope with and fight bullying. Through engaging and poignant storytelling, books can teach us about our own personal strength and resilience. A great story can give a child a sense of value and self-esteem. Books can also open the minds and hearts of young people and engender a sense of tolerance and acceptance. Books can save lives. Read More
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It's Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teacher Appreciation Week provides us with the opportunity to celebrate great teachers who change lives and inspire young people to reach for their dreams. First Book is especially grateful to teachers who work tirelessly to fight illiteracy and  introduce children to the joy of  of reading. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked our guest blogger, Sabrina Stevens Shupe, to share her advice on how to inspire students to discover the joy of reading. Shupe is a teacher, writer, and education activist in Colorado. She has worked with students in struggling communities in Philadelphia and Denver, and currently works with grassroots education movements around the country. Read More