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Team First Book Philadelphia

About Us

Team First Book Philadelphia provides new books to children in need in the greater Philadelphia area, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy: access to books. In 2015, Team First Book Philadelphia distributed more than 75,000 books to children through schools, after-school programs, hospitals, and other organizations.  One hundred percent of money donated to Team First Book Philadelphia goes directly for books.  Your gift of $10 will provide approximately 4 new books to a child in need.  Donations can be made online or by check to Team First Book Philadelphia, PO Box 166, Gladwyne, Pa 19035.  For more information about how you can help, contact us at

How We Work

Philadelphia has one of the highest poverty rates in the country.  Children living in poverty often have no books at home, and the classrooms and programs they attend are woefully under-resourced.   Their schools and parents cannot afford to buy books at retail prices.

That’s where we come in.  Team First Book Philadelphia provides children in low-income households with free, high-quality books.  We make the books available to schools and community programs to enrich their literacy programs, and the children can take the books home and keep them.  This is a first for many!

Team First Book Philadelphia is a 100 percent volunteer organization composed of people with a variety of professional backgrounds in business and education.  Because we donate our time and resources towards this cause, 100 percent of donations to Team First Book Philadelphia go towards books.

We make site visits and we screen programs to choose those that will maximize our gift of books.  Once awarded a book grant from Team First Book Philadelphia, our recipients - schools and community programs - can order books from the First Book Marketplace, which has been established by the national, award-winning non-profit, First Book. This resource is available only to those programs serving children in need.  It offers an impressive array of high-quality new books – including Caldecott and Newbery winners – at prices 50 to 90 percent below retail.  We like the price (low cost for us, free for our recipients), the quality, the selection (numerous books promote diversity and inclusion), and the fact that educators can choose the books that best meet the needs of their children.  

2015 Recipients

Team First Book Philadelphia awarded new books to the following programs in 2015, allowing the leaders of these recipient groups to pick the books that best fit the needs of their children. 

Andrew Hamilton School, Andrew Jackson School, Bainbridge Mentoring Program at EM Stanton, Children's Crisis Treatment Center, Chester Charter School for the Arts, Chester County Family Academy, Chinatown Learning Center, Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Concilio, Educating Communities for Parenting, Early Head Start at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Early Head Start - Health Federation, FA Bregy School, Family Service Association, Gen. Geo. Meade School, Gesu School, Grandma's Kids, Henry C. Lea School, John F. Hartranft School, Kencrest Services, Maritime Academy Charter, Mayor's Playstreets Book Club, Mighty Writers, New World Association, Norris Community Afterschool Program, People Helping People, Philadelphia Head Start Partnerships, Springboard Collaborative, St. Christopher's Hospital, St. James School, Southwest Leadership Academy, Tree House Books, Turning Points.


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