First Book Research & Insights
Understanding the Need
In low-income communities, books and educational resources are scarce. Kids start school behind their more affluent peers and never catch up.
44% of all U.S. children come from low-income families.
Poverty is reshaping education: 51% of students across the nation’s public schools are low income; coming to school without even their basic needs met and under extreme stress.
Public education is underfunded: 23 states spend less on public education than they did a decade ago.
Economic devastation is deep and broad: The effect of an inequitable educational system is the equivalent of a national recession.
First Book delivers resources where they are needed most.
First Book provides resources where there were none before
82 percent of the First Book Network reported that without First Book, their students would have few or no new books.
First Book increases children's interest in reading
In a poll of the First Book Network, 87 percent of members reported children's interest in reading increased after receiving books from First Book.
First Book improves teacher performance and impact
In a poll of the First Book Network, 79 percent of members said First Book helps them be the best educator they can be.
First Book helps close the achievement gap
In a poll of the First Book Network, 88 percent of members reported resources from First Book helped close the achievement gap for the kids they serve.
First Book transforms the lives of children in need by making brand-new, high-quality books and resources affordable and available to the educators and kids who need them most.
books and resources distributed to date.
children reached annually.
registered members, with 1,000 new educators joining weekly.
Children who discover the joy of reading not only do better in school, but also have a life full of adventure ahead. We are grateful to First Book for helping us foster the love of reading in so many children in need.
— Marty, H.O.P.E (Help Our People Eat) | Forsyth County, North Carolina