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Barclays Brings Books to Kids in Need

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Today’s guest blog post is from Julia Falkenstern, a Strategic Alliances coordinator at First Book. Julia works with corporate partners like Barclays, KPMG and Pi Beta Phi to ensure that children from low-income families throughout the country have the opportunity to own new books. At the end of May, First Book... Read more

When Life Gives You O.J.

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First Book’s own Erica Perl, Director of Publisher Relations at First Book, is also an award-winning children’s book author. Her most recent effort, When Life Gives You O.J., is her first middle grade novel and was called “a must read for all 8-12 year olds”. Erica’s love and knowledge of children’s... Read more

First Book Canada Brings Books to 30,000 Kids in Alberta

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Our friends at First Book Canada just wrapped up the largest book distribution in their three-year history, distributing 30,000 books to children from low-income homes in the city of Calgary and across the province of Alberta. Like First Book in the U.S., First Book Canada relies on the generosity of... Read more

First Book Friday: My First Book Distribution

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Today’s guest blog post is from Susanne Sparks, an engagement manager at First Book. She’s passionate about leveling the playing field so that all children can learn, grow, and thrive. Last week, I traveled to Jacksonville, Fla. with three of my colleagues to distribute books via the First Book National... Read more

430,000 Books To Kids!

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Thanks to Disney Publishing Worldwide and the Duval County Public School System, First Book was able to distribute 430,000 books to kids in need throughout the country last week. We packed and shipped thousands of boxes and we loaded up dozens of cars and trucks with books; we even loaded... Read more

This is What 400,000 New Books for Kids in Need Looks Like

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First Book is in Jacksonville, Fla. this week, distributing 400,000 brand-new books to programs serving kids in need all over the country. In case you’re wondering what that looks like, here’s a picture: We love books, and we love sending them out, and we love meeting the dedicated teachers and... Read more

Why do kids need books at home?

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Today’s guest blog post is from Sheila Frye (teachingliteracy). Sheila has been in education for over thirteen years serving as a Special Educator, Gifted and Talented Teacher, Reading Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Adjunct Professor of graduate education. A lifelong lover of reading, Sheila is currently a doctorate candidate studying the... Read more

All Our Friends In Pittsburgh

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First Book’s National Book Bank team just got home from Pittsburgh, where they boxed, labeled and shipped 400,000 books to kids in need all over the country, from Jacksonville to Santa Monica. Read more