Author Archives: Samantha McGinnis

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Impact Stories

Her Students Were Missing This Critical Resource

Being cold is something that’s hard to camouflage,” says Claudia Averette, Chief of Staff of Chester Upland School District in Chester, PA. When Claudia started her role, it was very clear to her that her students were missing something very important to their education – coats. “When you… Read More
For Educators

How Educators Use Tablets

Tablets provide many opportunities to engage a child in interactive learning. But for educators in under-resourced schools and programs, such technology is often out of reach. Thanks to a partnership with Blackboard Inc., many schools and programs were able to find affordable Kobo tablets through the First Book… Read More
First Book Research & Insights, Focus on First Book

First Book 2014 Impact Report

Your support has a huge impact in the lives of the educators, program leaders and the children they serve. That’s why we are excited to share our latest Impact Report with you. In the report, you’ll learn about the challenges faced by students living in low-income… Read More
Focus on First Book

First Book Honored with Literacy Award by Library of Congress

This week, First Book was honored with the David M. Rubenstein Prize for 2015, one of three literacy awards presented by the Library of Congress annually. The Rubenstein Prize is awarded to an organization that has made “outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy levels and has demonstrated exceptional and… Read More
First Book Research & Insights, For Educators

How Educators Use Books from First Book

Educators and program leaders have many uses for the books they receive from First Book – filling library shelves, inspiring excitement in reluctant readers and engaging parents in their child’s learning. They even give children books of their own to keep. 74% of educators and program leaders… Read More
Our Bookshelf

Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorite Books for October

Have you ever felt frustrated? Have you ever been the new kid in town? This month’s picks are filled with relatable themes like these. You’ll also find books the celebrate a fun tradition between family members, demonstrate the power of belief and explore themes of friendship. For older readers, you’ll… Read More
Author Voices

Using Stories to Make Connections: An Interview with Meg Medina

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we talked with Meg Medina, author of Tia Isa Wants a Car, The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind and many other great stories available on the First Book Marketplace. Learn why she became a children’s author, how her family heritage influences… Read More
Impact Stories

One Teacher's Wish List

Every day, educators from across the country connect with First Book. They serve children of different ages, colors and creeds. But all have one thing in common – they need books. More than 5,000 new educators sign up… Read More
First Book Research & Insights, Impact Stories

Back to Basics

For 23 years, we’ve been committed to promoting educational equality for kids in need. We’ve seen the tremendous impact books have on children’s lives. But many children need far more than books to learn and succeed. An overwhelming number of low-income families struggle meet the basic needs of… Read More
Impact Stories

Shelves Filled with Books of All Sizes And Colors

Today’s Guest Blogger is Susan Brunecz, an Instructional Coach at Paul L. Dunbar Academy in Cleveland, Ohio. When our students entered their classes on the first day of school two weeks ago, a roar of excitement erupted! They had just laid eyes on their new classroom libraries. Their shelves… Read More