Author Archives: Samantha McGinnis

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World Read Aloud Day Book List: Our Five Favorite Books for February

February 24 is World Read Aloud Day. To celebrate, we’ve selected our five favorite books to read aloud with kids – tomorrow and all year long. You’ll find silly books with vivid illustrations, beautiful poems in English and Spanish and a nonfiction book about animals. To share with older readers,… Read More
Focus on First Book, Impact Stories

Home Libraries Make A Huge Difference

Home libraries make a huge difference in kid’s lives. A 20-year study found that, regardless of nationality, parents’ education level or economic status, the presence of books in the home is one of greatest indicators of a child’s academic success. Researchers found that having as few as 20… Read More
Focus on First Book, For Educators, Impact Stories

Tablets Help Struggling Readers Gain Confidence

Earlier this school year Sharlene Scott, an Alternative Language Arts teacher in Gardena, California, brought two brand-new tablets into class for her students to explore. She was able to purchase them on the First Book Marketplace thanks to a partnership with Blackboard, Inc. Sharlene loaded the… Read More
Impact Stories

How One Librarian Uses Food to Keep Kids Learning

Theresa Mai, librarian at Truscott Elementary “I always tell our kids that they are like cars, motorcycles or trucks,”says Theresa Mai, the librarian at Truscott Elementary in Loveland, Colorado. “We talk about their parents getting fuel for their car – how it can’t run without the right fuel. Their bodies… Read More
Focus on First Book, For Educators

Win 100,000 books for kids in your state

What can 100,000 stories do for children in need in your state? Disney has donated a record 50 million books to First Book. To celebrate, Disney, ABC and First Book are giving you a chance to bring thousands of books to kids in need by voting for the state of… Read More
Impact Stories

The Most Important Job She Has

Jill Botts gives books to the students of Los Molinos Unified School District five times a year. She believes that getting books to these children is the most important job she has. Educators throughout the country feel the same way. Together, we can make a difference in… Read More
Impact Stories

"They line up outside of the library…"

The kids at Herricks Middle School in Albertson, New York love to learn. In fact, every morning many of them line up outside of the library before school starts, eager to trade in their latest read for a new story. For some of the students, the books they receive… Read More
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The Only Present She’ll Receive This Holiday

Today’s guest blogger is Mollie James, Executive Director of Bruce Irons Camp Fund in Charlotte, North Carolina. Under glowing lights sits a single gift in crisp wrapping paper. Since it arrived at Carolina’s home a few days ago, her hopes have soared. For Carolina, the book that awaits her may… Read More
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Why My Students Hide Their Backpacks

Today’s guest blogger is Sheri Dominguez, Media Specialist at Palmview Elementary School in Pompano Beach, Florida. When the final bell rings at Palmview Elementary, some of my students make one stop before heading home – the bushes outside of school. That is where they hide their backpacks for the night. Read More
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Books for Babies

Today’s guest blogger is Veronica Creech, Director of Partner Engagement at First Book. When you open a book for a baby, their eyes light up. They’re fascinated by the contrast of the colors. They marvel at words as you read to them. What these little ones don’t know is that… Read More