Author Archives: Gavin McGuire

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Inside First Book Canada

Powerful Partnerships Provide Books & More For Florida Kids

Like many First Book stories, this one begins with a successful partnership. A partnership that, for many years, has helped First Book raise the bar for kids in need with new, quality books both at school and at home. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and First Book have… Read More
For Educators, Impact Stories

Students as Agents of Lasting Change: The Citizen Power Project

The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically…Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. – Martin Luther King Jr., “The Purpose of Education”, 1947 Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and even now, all across the… Read More
Impact Stories

How One Book Got the 2nd Grade Hooked

At McBee Elementary School in Austin, TX teachers are always looking for ways to help students share ideas and connect. That is especially true for librarian Heather Stephens. She sees hundreds of students from different grade levels, all with various interests, on a daily basis. For the 2nd grade,… Read More
Impact Stories

Changing Communities with Books: The Citizen Power Project

In November, First Book and its partners the American Federation of Teachers and the Albert Shanker Institute presented the Citizen Power Project; a challenge to educators nationwide to identify, plan, and implement a civic engagement project important to their students, school or community. Fifteen projects received grants to help… Read More
For Educators

Our Five Favorite New Books of 2016

As the year comes to a close, we here at First Book like to reflect on the things we did, the people we met, and (most of all) the books we read. Here are a few of our favorite children’s books that were published in 2016!   Pre-K –K (Ages… Read More
For Educators, Impact Stories, Inside First Book Canada

NFL Alumni Charlie Brown Helps First Book, Operation Warm Make Impact in Chicago

In October, First Book teamed up with Operation Warm and the Chicago Housing Authority to bring new books and new coats to kids living in Chicago’s public housing. The event promised to bring together organizations like First Book and individuals who aim to improve the lives of children and… Read More