Author Archives: Samantha McGinnis

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Impact Stories

Changing the Lives of Families

When you support First Book, you also help hundreds of thousands of schools and programs across the country. Meet one of them. Smart from the Start supports families, engages communities and prepares children for school. They work to prevent the academic achievement gap among young children living in the lowest… Read More
Our Bookshelf

Books for Growing Healthy Minds

Kids who develop healthy habits have improved outcomes in all aspects of life. That’s why we’re excited to offer a new collection of titles on the First Book Marketplace to help educators teach healthy habits to kids they serve. Hand-selected by renowned chef Mario Batali, the Healthy Kids… Read More
Our Bookshelf

Our Favorite Books of 2015

Each month, we share our book enthusiast’s five favorite books. We’ve thought long and hard about the best of the best and are excited to announce our favorite books of 2015! In this month’s selection you’ll find just five of the more than 80 titles selected as our outstanding favorites. Read More
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