Author Archives: Samantha McGinnis

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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
First Book Research & Insights, Focus on First Book, Impact Stories

Educators say this about First Book…

A new school year is upon us. And as always, it’s critical that teachers and program leaders have the right tools, so that they can succeed. According to a recent First Book survey, the books they get from First Book make a big difference – to them, and… Read More
Our Bookshelf

Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorites for August

Our favorite books this month will get kids exploring the outdoors, show them the importance of kindness and illustrate the bond between parents and children, no matter the distance. You’ll also find a beautiful coming-of-age story for older readers and a tale about life during wartime. Pre-K – K (ages… Read More
For Educators, Our Partners

Contest: It’s Time to Play (And Win!)

Games and activities are a fun, hands-on way for kids to learn through play. They help kids tackle complex subjects like STEM, foster problem solving skills and build imagination. We’ve picked some of our favorite games and activities to get kids of all ages interacting and learning in the coming… Read More
Focus on First Book, For Educators, Impact Stories

Twitter Chat: How to Foster a Love of Reading

93% of educators and program leaders use books from First Book to develop a lifelong love of reading in their students. But how can we help kids develop this love of reading? First Book hosted… Read More
Our Bookshelf

Monthly Book List: Our Favorite Books for July

Once a month, our team of book enthusiasts share their picks for the best in children’s and young adult books. This month, Lori, Alison, Matthew, Jenn and Miriam have selected tales on finding oneself, nurturing friendships, appreciating grandparents, adapting to change, and coping with loss — with adorable illustrations, silly… Read More
For Educators

Increase Your Students’ Interest in Reading

When kids receive new books, their faces light up, they cherish their books and keep them by their side at all times. Without any prompting from their teachers, they trade books with one another, start small books clubs and encourage each other to read. They become more interested in… Read More
Impact Stories

300,000 Books for Kids to Take Home

Rochester, New York was recently ranked one of the poorest cities in the United States. More than half of its children live in poverty. But on an early summer day, the students in the Rochester City School District have a spring in their step as they walk down the hallway… Read More