Author Archives: Gavin McGuire

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For Educators

Educators and Families: A Powerful Partnership

Looking for ways to get families more involved with your classroom or program? Or for resources to send home with them? The First Book Marketplace is the place to go! Visit us for great family read alouds, resource collections for kids ages 0-12 and tips to… Read More
For Educators

Welcome Back to School

There are still a few weeks of summer left, but now is the time to find everything you need to build an enriching environment for the kids in your school, class or program. First Book’s Back to School Hub is your source for great books and resources… Read More
Impact Stories

One Campaign. A Lasting Culture of Reading.

Six years ago, Sue Resnick and Liz Frankel started the Cottage Kids Read program at the Pleasantville Cottage School. While volunteering at the school they noticed something that struck them. There weren’t any books to read for pleasure in the cottages where the students lived. Located in Pleasantville, NY,… Read More
For Educators

Take Your Imagination On Vacation

  Children don’t need planes, trains and automobiles to be transported to different countries, different worlds or even different points of view. All it takes is an engaged imagination and the right resources and they can explore the far-off corners of their active and growing minds. First Book offers books… Read More
Impact Stories

Cathy Was My Best Friend. Here’s How I Honored Her.

Judy Willner is an educator and writing skills teacher for elementary school students in Philadelphia. When she lost her closest friend Cathy earlier this year, Judy decided the best way to honor her would be to set up a First Book campaign. She wanted to celebrate their shared love… Read More
For Educators

How to Campaign Like a #FirstBookChampion

Being a First Book Champion is all about spreading the joy of reading to kids in need. Starting a campaign is the first step to becoming a champion. The next step is brainstorming – thinking of all the clever ways you can get donors invested in your cause. Lucky… Read More
Impact Stories

One Fan’s Campaign to Honor Her Favorite Book-Loving Celebrity

There is one woman who inspires Tesa Brand, a community volunteer and aspiring publicist from Fort Wayne, Indiana: Kerry Washington. Washington, the star of ABC’s Scandal, is an education advocate and avid reader. For her birthday last January, Washington started a campaign to provide books for kids in need by raising… Read More
For Educators

Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorite Books this July

Our favorite books this July include the final Elephant and Piggie book. a book to inspire community engagement and creativity, the story of one of your kids’ favorite summertime toys, a captivating novel for animal lovers and a smart and suspenseful novel for mature readers. Read on to see all… Read More
For Educators

Win Games and Activities to Make Learning Fun All Summer Long!

Looking for creative ways to make learning fun in your summer program? Want to ward off summer boredom? Need activities to keep parents engaged in their child’s learning while school is out? Simply answer the question “How would you use these activities to encourage summer learning?” by… Read More
For Educators

Four Easy Steps to Become a Champion for Kids in Need

You’ve got a great fundraising idea. You have a goal. You’re excited to provide books and resources for kids in need. Now what? First Book Campaigns makes starting an individual or group campaign easier than ever. Follow these four steps and become a champion for children in need today!… Read More