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Five Questions with Hena Khan

Happy book birthday to Hena Khan’s new book Amina’s Song, published today (March 9, 2021)! This past January, as a part of our activities for National Day of Service, Khan did a live reading of Amina’s Song – a companion book to Amina’s Voice – and through Khan’s participation and... Read more

Your Favorite Black History Month Read Alouds

Posted in: For Educators

We asked. You answered! What is your favorite book to read aloud during Black History Month? Looking for books to read aloud for Black History Month? Check out these suggestions from educators in the First Book Community. “I read a page each day from the ‘Little Legends/Leaders‘ series. My students... Read more

Your Favorite Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

Posted in: For Educators

What is your favorite way to celebrate Black History Month? We asked. You answered! Get inspired with the submissions by educators in the First Book community on how they celebrate Black History month in their classrooms. “We are celebrating by posting a different trivia question each day on class Dojo... Read more

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52 Books to Celebrate Black History in Your Classroom

In the last few years, educators and avid readers collectively recognized the urgency of reading anti-racist books and exercising self-education. It was apparent, perhaps more so than other years, why Black stories matter, especially in the classroom. While recognizing Black pain and struggle remains an important focus, celebrating Black joy,... Read more

Supporting you with tough conversations in the days ahead

Posted in: For Educators

This has been an unprecedented, tumultuous time – and we all watched in horror yesterday at an assault on our democracy. This violence and chaos in our hometown, and particularly on the Capitol of our beloved country, was beyond the pale and will have repercussions beyond our government. We know... Read more

2020 First Book Title Raves

The third annual “First Book Title Raves” list is here! Check out the 15 titles below, all of which were published in 2020 and earned accolades from our network of 500,000 educators who serve children in need. 2020 Picks Our 2020 Title Raves list was curated based on five-star educator... Read more

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