Author Archives: Gavin McGuire

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First Book Research & Insights, For Educators

Books Beat Summer Slide

Classrooms packed, desks emptied, another school year is coming to a close. Summertime is on the horizon and for kids, that means three precious months of sweet, sticky freedom. But when kids from low-income families leave school for the summer, the outlook isn’t always so sunny.  While their more… Read More
Impact Stories

770 Pounds of Dreams for His Students

It started with one spelling word. “Beach.” Malik Ray, a first-time second grade teacher in Atlanta, GA, taught his students their new spelling words by projecting a photo and having students guess the word before putting it in their notebooks. On this day, Malik displayed a photo of the… Read More
For Educators

Find Free Educational Resources on the First Book Marketplace

Where can you find free educational resources? On the First Book Marketplace, of course! You’ll find tips to encourage family engagement, resources for early childhood education, free subscriptions to online tools and programs and much more. For access, you’ll first need to sign up and log in.  … Read More
For Educators

Monthly Book List: Our Favorite Books For May

The school year is coming to a close and it’s time to stock up for summer reading. We have five great books for you! This month, our book list features a sweet story about an unconventional animal family, an adorable picture book that celebrates determination, a nonfiction guide to becoming… Read More
Press Releases

Platform Features Increased Access to Best Books and Resources

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2016 – First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise, has launched the next phase of its innovative First Book Marketplace ( and First Book Canada Marketplace (, the award-winning e-commerce sites where educators can access high-quality, new books and learning materials specially-curated to address the needs… Read More
For Educators

Now Faster and Easier to Use: Your First Book Marketplace

Drumroll please… Today, we introduce to you the newly redesigned First Book Marketplace. Updated with your needs in mind, your First Book Marketplace is now faster and simpler to use. Powerful new search capabilities and an improved navigation menu make it easy to find… Read More
Impact Stories

Watch What Happens: Kids Pick out Books for Summer Reading

This is the best day I’ve ever had! This is the book I’ve always been looking for!” These are the typical responses heard when Book Harvest comes to a school with their Books on Break program. Book Harvest seeks to address periods of vulnerability in a child’s literacy development by ensuring… Read More
For Educators

Celebrate Mother’s Day: Read a Book Together!

Looking for a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day? Read a book together! The books below are just some of the books identified by Search Institute that model behaviors that make families stronger: collaborating, encouraging and exploring. After reading them, use the activities listed after each book to grow together… Read More