Author Archives: Whitney Carlson

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For Educators

3 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Kids

Every year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. We emphasize the celebration of the histories, traditions, and contributions of our Spanish and Latinx ancestors – so that year-round, we can take pride in the diversity of our country, and its resulting strength. It’s a… Read More
First Book Research & Insights

The Court has Ruled: Literacy is not a Right

Public school funding is still below pre-recession levels in 29 states. Educators are spending an average of $500 out of their own pockets yearly. This is why we do what we do at First Book. And this year, we have the opportunity to make sure that every back-to-school start is… Read More
Focus on First Book

What if Educators Had Everything They Needed?

The following post first appeared on Medium, April 20, 2018. Authored by Kyle Zimmer, president, co-founder, and CEO of First Book. A Texas elementary school media specialist shared on Twitter a 43-second video that blew me away. Read More
For Educators

How to Encourage a Love of Reading

Reading for pleasure is fun and relaxing, but it also has benefits that go far beyond the academic. Children who read for fun not only improve at reading, they get better in all subjects. Reading for pleasure also increases empathy and social skills. Plus,… Read More