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Team First Book New York City

Team 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 Team First Book distributes millions of free and low-cost books to children from low income families and the programs that serve them.

Who is Team First Book – New York City?

Team First Book – New York City was formed in early 2011 with one goal in mind: granting books to organizations supporting childhood literacy in the New York City metropolitan area. In 2015, Team First Book New York City expanded, now serving the needs of children in all five boroughs. To help us spread the word about literacy in our community, follow us on Twitter @FirstBookNYC, Like us on Facebook, follow us on LinkedIn and add us to your Circles on Google+. To learn more about how you can help support Team First Book – New York City, send us an e-mail at

”Thanks to [Team First Book New York City] generous contribution, a Room to Grow child will be provided with the material items that all babies need to grow, learn and thrive. Your donation…is such an important part of our work and we thank First Book for its support of our mission.” —Andrea Salwen Kopel, Executive Director, Room to Grow

Partner Schools and Programs

We're accepting new grant applications.
 Team First Book New York CIty is excited to provide book grants to many wonderful programs throughout the New York City metropolitan area. 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 their curriculum.

Is your organization in need of books for the children you serve? Team First Book New York City accepts grant applications throughout the year. For more information on how we can help support your organization, please visit our How to Receive Books page or e-mail us at

Local Supporters

We Need Your Support! Team First Book New York City needs your help providing new books to kids in need in our local community. Even a small donation can have a tremendous impact in elevating the quality of education for children in need. For every $2.50 donated, Team First Book New York City is able to provide one brand - new book to a child in our community. That means, with a $10 donation, you'll provide four books to help establish a child’s first personal library. As Tean First Book New York City is 100% volunteer supported, every single penny donated goes directly to the local organizations that support our community's children.

Show your support for literacy in our community by making a Donation today. 

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