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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.  Every $12 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

Thank you to our supporters for a successful Book Bash 2016!

Book Bash 2016 was held Nov. 10, 2016 at the National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia.  We raised $36,000, which will provide 12,000 new books for children in need in the Philadelphia area!

It was a total team effort.  We thank those people who bought tickets and/or auction items, made a book pledge, and helped spread the word about what we do.  They made it possible for children to have books of their own to read, to share, to treasure.

We are especially thankful for our sponsors - Presenting Sponsor, Stradley Ronon. BENEFACTORS- James and Nancy Davis, Troy and Christine Hamilton, the Nancy Book Award, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, John and Holly Rutkowski, and Will and Jennie Wermuth. FRIENDS - Priscilla Bradshaw, Stacey & Chris McConnell, Ian & Lindsay Petropoulos, the Philadelphia - Main Line Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi, Ted and Minney Robb, Barbara Shappell, Jerry and Eileen Spinelli, Mark Stieber and UBS Financial Services.  THANKS also to celebrity bartenders:  Tim Jimenez, KWY News Radio and Jennaphr Frederick of Good Day Philadelphia.    

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 and 2016 Recipients

Team First Book Philadelphia awarded new books to children in the following programs in 2015 and 2016, allowing the leaders of these recipient groups to pick the books that best fit the needs of their children. 

Allen M. Stearne School, Andrew Hamilton School, Andrew Jackson School, Bainbridge Mentoring Program at EM Stanton School, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Tutoring Program, Children's Crisis Treatment Center, Chester Charter School for the Arts, Chester County Family Academy, Chinatown Learning Center, Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Concilio, Delaware County Intermediate Juvenile Unit, Educating Communities for Parenting, Early Head Start at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Early Head Start - Health Federation, Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, F. Amadee Bregy School, Family Services Association of Bucks County, Gen. Geo. Meade School, Gesu School, Grandma's Kids at Temple University, Henry C. Lea School, Isaac A Sheppard School, John F. Hartranft School, Kencrest Services, Maritime Academy Charter, Mayor's Playstreets Book Club (Philadelphia), Mighty Writers, New World Association, Neighbor to Neighbor Community Development, Norris Community Afterschool Program, People Helping People, Philadelphia Head Start Partnerships, Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, Read By 4th! Campaign (Philadelphia), Russell Byers Charter School, Samuel Gompers School, Schools Without Borders, Springboard Collaborative, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, St. James School, Southwest Leadership Academy, Tree House Books, Turning Points for Children, Westminster Mayfair Presbyterian Church Child Center, Woodland Academy Child Development Center


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