OMG Books Awards

First Book Announces $4.7M OMG Books Awards Program

First Book is soliciting proposals for book distributions that will get 1.5 million books and eBooks to kids in need.

In January, First Book launched the OMG Books Awards: Offering More Great Books to Spark Innovation. First Book will award funding to the most innovative proposals from eligible applicants in 33 states.* Awardees will be able to select the books that will help them best meet the needs of the children they serve through the First Book Marketplace (, First Book’s award-winning eCommerce platform, which curates relevant new, high quality books and ebooks. Through the OMG Books program, First Book aims to expand its reach and multiply its impact by infusing schools, programs, states, and communities with books to spark innovation and strengthen educators’ work with children in need and their families.

RFP response due dates are divided into three cycles with specified states in each cycle:

  • Cycle 1: February 15, 2019
  • Cycle 2 (includes multi-state proposals): May 15, 2019
  • Cycle 3: August 15, 2019

*Eligible states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

First Book is additionally offering opportunities for community, foundation, and corporate partners who wish to accelerate and amplify OMG Books in their communities.

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Press Release: First Book Launches More than $4.7 Million in OMG Books Awards

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