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New First Book Marketplace Title!

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Ever wonder what your dog would say to you if it could speak? (Some possible ideas: “Must you always speak in baby-talk to me? That’s insulting.” and “Under no circumstances should I be forced to wear a cardigan.”) Well now you can check out what’s on chatty Martha’s mind with... Read more

First Book at the American Library Association Conference

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One of the great things about working at First Book is how wonderfully supportive our many partners and friends are of the work we do.  We regularly hear from authors who say, “How can I support First Book’s efforts?”  So regularly, in fact, that we will be rolling out some... Read more

A chance to become a published children’s book author

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Guest blogger, Laurie Isop, owns a photography business with her husband in Renton, Washington.   Laurie is the winner of the 3rd Cheerios New Author Contest for aspiring children’s book authors. Got a story that’s been languishing in your desk drawer?  Well if it’s geared to children, you could have a... Read more

Celebrating Summer Learning in Oklahoma City

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I spend a lot of time here at First Book in Washington D.C. talking with our Recipient Groups about how to receive books, but last week I was able to experience the thrill of providing books to the children that need them most first-hand! Early Sunday morning, I packed up... Read more

Odds and Book Ends: June 25, 2010

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Summer Reading: 60 titles for 92 days. Having trouble deciding what to read this season? Let the  LA Times help you with a selection, made by the Times’ book editors, of forthcoming titles. July Reviews of the Latest Spanish-Language Titles for children. This libraryjournal.com article contains numerous reviews for childrens... Read more

First Book Staff Profile

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Name: Tonya S.  Where is your home town? Edmonton, KY—where there is only 1 stoplight and 1 McDonald’s in the entire county. What do you do at First Book? Work to strengthen and establish new partnership with other nonprofit organizations and secondary stakeholders What book are you currently reading? The... Read more

Community Spotlight: Pleasant Glade Elementary

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This Month’s Recipient Group: Pleasant Glade Elementary is a school wide title one program that targets children for their home visitor program. The program funds individuals who work with families nominated by teachers. These families tend to have children in lower grades and are somehow at risk. For instance, a... Read more

Cast Your Vote for First Book!

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Exciting news! First Book has been selected to be one of 50 nonprofits showcased in this year’s Members Project from American Express and TakePart.  If First Book can win the most votes in the Education category between now and August 22, we will win $200,000 – enough funding to provide... Read more

Happy Summer Learning Day!

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  Today not only marks the first day of summer, but it’s also Summer Learning Day! Communities across the country are celebrating the importance of summer learning by hosting events that demonstrate the value of keeping the children in your community learning during the summer months. Even if your program... Read more

Blog Log: June 19, 2010

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Together Time 4 Families seeks to reinforce the importance of books and reading in the home. Activities shared on this blog are a great resource for parents looking to involve the entire family in literacy fun. First Book’s Post Pick: Early Literacy Summer Activities Early Ed Watch is a blog... Read more