Author Archives: Samantha McGinnis

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Impact Stories

These Children Saw Themselves in a 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. Cathy Gaudio reads aloud to a group of students in Phoenix, Arizona.  It’s a special day… Read More
Our Bookshelf

Our Five Favorite Books for April

Our five favorite books for April will help kids celebrate each other’s unique differences, process with the emotions of moving, learn about the culture of Haiti — even teach them a few magic tricks! For Pre-K – K (Ages 3-6) “Bad Bye, Good Bye” by Deborah Underwood… Read More
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Parents Value Printed Books

A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows that 9 out of 10 parents of children under 18 say it’s important to them that their children read printed books. The parents in the study value the sensory experience books give to children — the turning of the… Read More
Impact Stories

Books to Forge Friendships

There’s very little for kids to do in the town of Bluefield, West Virginia. But once a week, eighteen students from different walks of life gather to talk about books. Suzette Sims, the program services coordinator at the Craft Memorial Library, organized the book club a few years ago. It… Read More
For Educators, Our Bookshelf

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

It’s April! At First Book that means it’s not just springtime, it’s the month that we celebrate all things rhythm, verse and rhyme: National Poetry Month. Here are five of our favorite collections to make poetry fun for kids of varying ages. Button Up! Wrinkled Rhymes… Read More
Impact Stories

Sparking Students’ Interest In Math

Sarah’s students practicing “counting on” When it’s time for a math lesson, Sarah Richardson’s kindergarten class sits in a group, with one hand on their heads, counting on the other hand in front of them.  They’re learning addition using a method called “counting on”. This can be a… Read More
Impact Stories

One More Page

Dr. Shirley Johnson, in her words, is an educator to the depths of her soul. Over the last 40 years, she has been a teacher, administrator, union leader, curriculum supervisor and an education advocate.  Most recently, she opened The Resource Room, an afterschool education program for children ages… Read More
For Educators, Our Bookshelf

Happy National Reading Month!

March is National Reading Month, and the educators and programs leaders we serve hope their kids will develop a love of reading that lasts a lifetime. 93 percent of respondents in a recent First Book survey* hope their kids will gain a lifelong love of reading… Read More
For Educators, Our Bookshelf

Books to Start A Dialogue About Disabilities

Today’s guest blogger is Leslie Anido, a special needs teacher in California. She first connected with First Book as a member of long-time partner Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. She now receives books and resources for the children she serves through First Book. Leslie Anido and her students with one of… Read More