Author Archives: First Book Staff

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How to Host Your Own Backpack Build: 10 Tips and Tricks

A “backpack build” is a great event to engage any group of volunteers who want to make a difference for children in need. At a backpack build, volunteers fill backpacks with books, school supplies, and other learning essentials. The bags are then delivered to kids who need them most! Hosting… Read More
First Book Research & Insights, For Educators

Educator Resource: The First Book Trauma Toolkit

We want all students to be happy, healthy, and prepared to reach their highest potential. These aspirations are most often possible when children have environments that provide safety, support, love, and nurturing. Unfortunately, this is far from reality for almost half of the children in the United States – about… Read More
First Book Community Highlight, Impact Stories

OMG Books Award Spotlight: EPIC Book Giveaways in Colorado

As part of First Book’s OMG Books Awards, we are happy to showcase how our books are being used in Pueblo, Colorado! Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) Pueblo is a coalition of business leaders and organizations committed to providing families with… Read More
Focus on First Book

May We All Be Antiracist

Julye Williams, First Book's director for resource and program development, reflects on the first annual National Antiracist Book Festival, held on April 27th. First Book proudly co-sponsored the event. Read More
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For Educators

Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion In Your Classroom

As the U.S. population becomes more and more diverse, the need to embrace the many cultures in our classrooms is more important than ever. When a student’s learning environment respects their history, values, beliefs, and behaviors, students and their families are better positioned to thrive in school. Many educators said… Read More
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For Educators

Three Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Your Students

Every year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. The celebration emphasizes the histories, traditions, and contributions of our Spanish and Latine ancestors – so that year-round, we can take pride in the diversity of our country, and its resulting strength. … Read More
For Educators

5 Creative Ways to Use Books in Spanish

Guest post by Camila Rios, First Book intern Spanish-language books are a versatile and valuable resource. Use them with Spanish speakers, Spanish learners, bilingual students, and English language learners in any setting where you’re working with kids and families. Use Spanish-Language Books To… Foster Strong Bilingual Skills Research shows that students who… Read More
Focus on First Book

Cast Your Vote for First Book!

Exciting news! First Book has been selected to be one of 50 nonprofits showcased in this year’s Members Project from American Express and TakePart.  If First Book can win the most votes in the Education category between now and August 22, we will win $200,000 – enough… Read More