Coronavirus: Supporting Educators Who Support Kids in Need

Supporting Educators Who Support Kids in Need 

Coronavirus has had an enormous impact on schools and left educators to implement hybrid and at-home learning plans without the necessary resources. It has left kids in need without what may be the only access they have to the Internet or to books–making at-home learning close to impossible and leaving them at a significant disadvantage. However, for every child in need, there is an educator who is working, creating, and innovating to make sure their kids don’t fall behind. First Book is doing everything we can to support the educators who are keeping kids in need engaged in a time of crisis.

  • We are urgently working to get millions of books, donated by our publishing partners, to kids in need, who don’t have home libraries or Internet access for home learning. You can help us here: To date, we have distributed 13 million books and 3.4 million digital resources.
  • We are sharing activities and resources for educators and parents to use at home through the at-home learning section on the First Book Marketplace.
  • We are constantly in touch with our network of educators to assess what they need, and respond as quickly as possible.
  • If you haven’t added your voice to our network, please join us here.

Support kids in need during school closures. You can help here

Mapping the Areas of Greatest Need: First Book’s COVID-19 Activation Network

First Book’s COVID-19 Activation Network map demonstrates the intense breadth and depth of need by plotting the thousands of educators funding requests we received in the wake of coronavirus-caused school closings. In partnership with PolicyMap, First Book developed the interactive map to both quantify and qualify the need. By clicking on the different map markers, you can see each individual educator’s story–read about their efforts to reach their kids amid shutdowns and social distancing, how they are working around limited access to Internet, and what they are doing to keep their kids engaged and learning.

Data mapped by PolicyMap, an online GIS mapping tool.
For Educators
You do so much to support your kids. Let us support you.

We are creating and compiling free resources to support you and your students at home. 

Video at right: First Book, the American Federation of Teachers, and the United Federation of Teachers are providing 10,000 books to homeless New York City students and families to support distance learning during the pandemic and create permanent shelter libraries. 







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“This crisis exacerbates the inequities that already exist. Educators who serve kids in need are doing everything they can to keep their kids engaged, and we need to do everything we can to support them.”

Kyle Zimmer, First Book president, CEO, and co-founder