Greater New Orleans
Celebrating 5 years of books to kids...
First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy access to books. An innovative leader in social enterprise, each year First Book distributes millions of free and low-cost books to disadvantaged children and the programs that serve them.
First Book-Greater New Orleans, distributing new books in New Orleans since 2001, is working to end the literacy crisis in New Orleans through increasing children’s access to books. First Book’s network of local volunteer groups in over 270 communities nationwide harnesses the power of a massive grassroots network. We raise funds locally and select programs in Orleans and surrounding parishes as First Book grantees. Grantees use the funds provided by First Book-Greater New Orleans to select books from the First Book Marketplace at significant discounts.
New books chosen by program leaders working directly with children are incorporated into program lessons, and then given to the children to take home and keep. First Book–Greater New Orleans distributes books to daycare centers, preschools, after-school programs, teachers’ classrooms, tutoring programs, etc. to reach disadvantaged children in Orleans and surrounding parishes and provide them with free books and educational materials.
“Access to books and educational material is the single biggest barrier to literacy development in the United States and beyond. If we can solve the problem of access, we will be well on the road to realizing educational parity – a goal which has eluded this country for generations.”-- Susan B. Neuman, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ctr. for Improvement of Early Reading Achievement
For the St. Bernard Parish application, click here.
First Book-Greater New Orleans has given book grants to many programs in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles and St. John Parishes. A typical book grant lasts for a six month period and offers each child in the program a steady diet of books (usually one book per month), all at no cost to the program. Because program administrators select the titles from the First Book Marketplace, our book grants enable programs — often for the first time — to select books to integrate into curriculum.
Read a list of some of the organizations that have received book grants from First Book-Greater New Orleans.
Find out how to Receive Books for your organization.
Local Sponsors and Donors
We are able to provide brand-new, high-quality books to children in our community thanks to the generous financial contributions of local businesses and individuals.
First Book Wants You!
We are looking for passionate, entrepreneurial people who want to make a difference in their community. Help us get books to kids who need them most.
You can contact us by sending an email.