About First Book Seattle
Our Vision: We don’t want to fight illiteracy – we want to end it. By working together, we can and will create a generation of lifelong readers and achievers.
Our Mission: First Book Seattle provides access to new books for children in need in King County.
This Year’s Goal: Put 16,000 books in the hands of 2,700 children who need them most.
First Book is a national nonprofit organization that has distributed more than 100 million books to children since 1992. First Book-Seattle is the local volunteer-run Advisory Board that promotes literacy and book ownership among children by raising funds to provide new books to kids enrolled in Title I schools, Head Start preschools, shelters and other programs across the greater King County area. First Book-Seattle is unique as it works to provide funds for new books directly to teachers and program administrators who ensure that children are receiving books that will be the most impactful for them. First Book-Seattle is able to match you, your family or your company to a school or classroom in need and can match classrooms with classrooms in a pay-it-forward program.
A $15.00 donation buys a starter library of six new books for a child. Our goal is to provide a starter library of 6 new books to every kid in King County who needs them. Your sustaining donation of just $15 a month would give 12 kids a year a starter library and help First Book-Seattle to achieve this goal.
Help us get books to kids!
Our story: First Book-Seattle was founded in 2011. To date, we have distributed nearly 45,000 books to children across King County. We’ve raised $32,000 through events such as childrens’ story times, a Seattle Sounders season launch party, a Glassybaby evening of giving and an online auction. But we still have more to do… more audiences to reach, more teachers and administrators to empower and more children who need books.There are over 66,000 children living below the poverty line in King County. Most of these children have no age-appropriate books at home, and the classrooms and programs they attend are under-resourced. First Book is unique as it works to provide funds for new books directly to teachers and program administrators who ensure that children are receiving books that will be the most impactful for them. We are able to match you and your family with a school or program in need. We also have a specific corporate giving program and can match your company, group, team or staff with a school or classroom. Enhance your culture with a powerful experience of giving books together. Literacy is one of the best predictors of a child’s future success. But a child without access to books won’t have the chance to become an engaged and capable reader.