Author Archives: Samantha McGinnis

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For Educators

The Best Way to Keep Kids Reading Over the Summer

Kids will always be more excited about reading, if they can choose what to read,” says Stephanie Phelix, Library Media Specialist at Belle Forest Community School in Memphis, TN. “If it’s a cookbook or the cheat codes to their video games, it’s still reading. When they’re at the grocery store,… Read More
Our Bookshelf

Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorite Books for June

This month’s book list features stories about two adorable pigs and jazz trailblazer Melba Doretta Liston. Flip through a page-turning mystery inspired by Chinese folklore, find a magical pen that can finish homework and learn about a man who inspired millions of students worldwide. Pre-K – K (Ages 3-6)… Read More
Impact Stories, Our Partners

Our Crazy Summer Reading Program Was A Go!

Today’s Guest Blogger is Amy Bartilotti, the Communities in Schools Site Coordinator at Bellwood Elementary School in Chesterfield, VA. Summer is particularly difficult for kids from low-income families. With few books at home and limited access to libraries, they often fall behind. Last year, my colleagues and I… Read More
Impact Stories

A Year-Round Need for Books

Summer is almost here. But that doesn’t mean teachers, program leaders and the kids they serve don’t need books. Kids need books year-round, and this is especially true in the summer. During the school year, kids rely on their classroom and school libraries for books and other… Read More
Focus on First Book, For Educators

Thank A Teacher

Educators leave a lasting impression on every mind that crosses their path. As another school year comes to a close,  show your gratitude to a teacher in your life by sending them this card today. Read More
Author Voices

Twitter Chat: Jessixa Bagley and Laurie Ann Thompson with First Book

Today’s blog post is part of our Stories For All Project series, focused on sharing the latest announcements and impact stories about our effort to put diverse, inclusive books into the hands of kids. Jessixa Bagley and Laurie Ann Thompson authored two of our 2015 Stories for All Project title… Read More
Our Bookshelf

Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorite Books for May

Our May book list includes fun, magical books featuring adventures with an adorable elephant, funny stories about sisters for young readers, the story of strong man Charles Atlas, a laugh-out-loud tale about pranksters and one of the best teen romances ever written. Pre-K – K (Ages 3-6)… Read More
Focus on First Book, Impact Stories

Twitter Chat: What Does the Stories For All Project Mean to You?

Today’s blog post is part of our Stories For All Project series, focused on sharing the latest announcements and impact stories about our effort to put diverse, inclusive books into the hands of kids. On May 6th, we hosted a Twitter chat to talk about how books featuring diverse… Read More
Impact Stories

The Right Book at the Right Time

Today’s blog post is part of our Stories For All Project series, focused on sharing the latest announcements and impact stories about our effort to put diverse, inclusive books into the hands of kids. Today’s guest blogger is Melissa Spradlin, Executive Director of Book’em in Nashville, TN. Every day I… Read More
Focus on First Book, Our Bookshelf, Our Partners

Six Diverse Stories: Our 2015 Stories for All Project Selections

Today’s blog post is part of our Stories For All Project series, focused on sharing the latest announcements and impact stories about our effort to put diverse, inclusive books into the hands of kids. Last week, we announced our latest action in the Stories for All Project –… Read More