Author Archives: First Book Staff

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Q&A with Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Author Partner, Tom Angleberger

What could be better than pizza and books? For us at First Book, not much! Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! program will provide 10,000 books to classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year via First Book to encourage students to find joy in reading. We spoke with this year’s BOOK IT! author… Read More
Impact Stories

Imagine A School Without A Library

Ed. Note: Originally posted in April 2016, the significance of abundant, diverse school libraries still holds relevancy today. Libraries are the gatekeepers to cultural, social, and individual growth and must continue acting as an inviting, welcoming development hub for students and teachers. Today’s guest blog post is by bestselling… Read More
For Educators

First Book Resource: Diversity & Inclusion Cultural Calendar

Kids learn better when they feel safe and supported. At First Book, our focus is on making all kids feel welcome wherever they are. That’s one reason why we created The 2022 – 2023 School Year Calendar Celebrating Culture, Diversity & Inclusion. This free tool was… Read More
Focus on First Book, Uncategorized

First Book Interns Celebrate National Intern Day!

Today is National Intern Day (it might sound like a fake holiday, but if there can be a National Lumpy Rug Day, then certainly we can celebrate the growing professionals of America)!  If you’re an intern with First Book, there are so many reasons to celebrate. Get to know… Read More
Focus on First Book, Our Partners

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