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Northern Virginia

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-Northern Virginia is an Advisory Board comprised of local volunteers from a wide cross section of the community which began in 2003. We have joined forces to provide new books to low-income children in community based programs serving the following counties: Arlington, Alexandria City, Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun. Together, we select programs to receive book grants, raise funds to support the purchase of new books for the children in these programs, recruit additional members from the community, and participate in national cause-based marketing events and campaigns.
In 2009, First Book-Northern Virginia provided grants to 5 Recipient Groups in the area resulting in nearly 3,300 new books being given to deserving children.

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-Northern Virginia has given book grants to many programs in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, Loudoun, Manassas, and Prince William. 

  • Arts 4 All & All 4 Arts
  • Belmont Elementary School- First Grade
  • Bull Run Middle School: STARS
  • CDI Head Start serving Spotsylvania County, VA
  • Loudoun Literacy Council
  • The Child and Family Network Centers
  • West Gate Elementary
  • Hutchinson Elementary School

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.

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