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Hampton Roads

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-Hampton Roads has been working diligently to put together a board of volunteers, dedicated to providing the children of Hampton Roads, living in low-income households, the opportunity to read and own their first new book.  It all starts with the first book!

Hampton Roads includes dozens of cities, counties and towns on the VirginiaPeninsula and in South Hampton Roads.  The Hampton Roads population is approximately 1.7 million and it is recognized as the 33rd-largest metropolitan area in the United States.

First Book-Hampton Roads, now approaching its' fourth year, has made major contributions to the growth of literacy in the children in each of our many communities. It has become an integral component of our public and private schools; enabled our day care providers, both commercial and in-home, to markedly improve their service; and has won the support of local governments and business. There remains much to be done.

Aligned with the mission of First Book, First Book-Hampton Roads is dedicated to providing children from low-income families with their first new book and is joining First Book’s fast-growing, nationwide community to battle illiteracy directly in Hampton Roads, VA.

Book Grant Recipients

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. First Book-Hampton Roads has given book grants to many programs in the tidewater area of Virginia: Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, York County, Poquoson, Smithfield and Suffolk. Find out how to Receive Books for your organization.

Local Sponsors and Donors

First Book - Hampton Roads would not be a successful organization without contributors and recipients. Thank you to the people, businesses and organizations who have contributed to First Book - Hampton Roads. And thank you to the recipients who are using this opportunity to help the children of Hampton Roads!

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.

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