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Barnes & Noble Donates $1M In Books to First Book for Hurricane Relief Barnes & Noble has made a $1 million book donation to First Book for areas affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The donation includes thousands of children’s books for a variety of ages including chapter books, board books, picture books, and coloring books, and will be delivered by First Book to schools and local charities in both Texas and Florida. (Publishers Weekly, September 21, 2017)
Helping Houston American Federation for Teachers President Randi Weingarten, along with Neil and Maria Bush of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, Kyle Zimmer of First Book and Houston Superintendent Richard Carranza, this morning are delivering brand-new books and basic necessities to areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. (Politico, September 15, 2017)
'Essentials for Kids' Provides Hurricane and Funding Relief In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the American Federation of Teachers, First Book, and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation are coordinating to deliver brand-new books and basic-needs items to areas affected by Harvey and Irma. This hurricane relief effort falls under the overall mission of the recently announced Essentials for Kids Fund, which is a new national initiative created to address the need for books and materials—including items like hygiene kits, clothing, and school supplies—in public school districts across the country that are underfunded. (Publishers Weekly, September 15, 2017)
Emotional Health Opens Doors First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer joined other prominent thought leaders to reiterate the necessary role of social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools, in response to an opinion piece that suggested SEL was a "hoax." "Our research shows that when students from low-income communities engaged even peripherally in SEL activities, they were more engaged and confident academically," Zimmer said. "Lack of social and emotional skills is an impediment to learning, and SEL-specific resources can help." Read the entire letter on EdWeek. (EdWeek, July 18, 2017)
New E-Commerce Opportunities for Kids' Books Publishers are taking advantage of innovative, non-traditional ecommerce opportunities, like the First Book Marketplace, to reach new audiences. (Publishers Weekly, July 14, 2017)
The Business of Giving stopped by the First Book office in Washington, D.C., to learn from staff what makes First Book a special place to work. "There’s always this sense of there’s another great challenge, there’s another thing to work on, and you’ve got a lot of cool, interesting, smart people to roll up your sleeves with and try to figure them out." (The Business of Giving, June 27, 2017)
Simon & Schuster to Donate up to 5,000 Copies of "Take Heart My Child: A Mother's Dream" Candace Radoski, First Book's senior director for National Partnerships, joined FOX and Friends to discuss Simon & Schuster's generous campaign to benefit First Book's network of educators: For every use of the hashtag #takeheartmychild between May 8th and May 15th, Simon & Schuster will donate up to 5,000 Copies of "Take Heart My Child: A Mother's Dream," the debut picture book from FOX and Friends co-host Ainsley Earhart, to First Book. (FOX and Friends, May 8, 2017)
Partnering With the NEA Foundation to Bring Diverse Books to Students: Q&A With Kyle Zimmer Part one of a two-part series on First Book's and the NEA Foundation's commitment to increase diversity and foster inclusion in children's literature, with a focus on First Book’s groundbreaking Stories for All ProjectTM: "Simply reading children’s books that feature diverse characters with a range of experiences helps kids learn about other cultures, family dynamics and struggles. Each of these new books elevates our commonality and also contains wonderful insights that surprise the reader." (The NEA Foundation, May 4, 2017)
World Book Day: From Books Deserts to Reading Oases For World Book Day, Amazon is working with three not-for-profits, including First Book, that have taken visionary approaches to improving literacy and book access worldwide. The Amazon Book Review spoke to Chandler Arnold, First Book's chief operating officer, to find out more about our achievements and future goals. (Omnivoracious, April 21, 2017)
WWE WrestleMania Week Orlando First Book and WWE donated 20,000 books to Orlando area schools. WWE Superstars Ember Moon, Zack Ryder, Tye Dillinger, Darren Young and Dasha Fuentes read to students there and presented awards as part of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge. (Miami Herald, April 8, 2017)
Free Books Given Out in Leon County In Leon County, 2,000 community members signed a petition asking First Book to provide books for free. On Saturday, April 1st, First Book, the Florida Education Association, the Leon County Teachers Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Leon County School District responded with 40,000 free books for children and educators. (ABC-WTXL, April 1, 2017)
Non-Profit to Give Away 40,000 Books to the Community The Florida Education Association, the Leon County Teachers Association and the American Federation of Teachers are partnering with the Leon County School District and First Book, a national non-profit, to give away than 40,000 books on Saturday. (ABC-WTXL, March 31, 2017)
Fueling Learning for Children in Need Listen to First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer discuss the beginnings of the organization, the social enterprise model, and her own path from lawyer to nonprofit founder. (Arch Street Press, March 5, 2017)
Charity hands books to children in District Hundreds of D.C. public schoolchildren packed into the gym at Walker-Jones Education Center on Thursday, eager to become first-time book owners. The kids each got to take home three books for free — courtesy of the professional services company KPMG and First Book. (The Washington Times, March 2, 2017)
Obamas sign book deals with Penguin Random House Penguin Random House has netted separate, lucrative book deals with former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, who plan to write about their time in the White House. The publisher will also donate a million books in the Obamas’ name to First Book. (The Washington Post, February 28, 2017)
Penguin Random House Acquires Global Rights to Books by Obamas In a major publishing coup of the year, Penguin Random House said it has acquired world rights to separate books by former U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. It will also donate one million books in the Obama family's name to First Book. (Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2017)
Penguin Random House Announces Book Deal With The Obamas Penguin Random House will publish two books, one written by former President Barack Obama and one by former first lady Michelle Obama, and donate one million books in the Obama family's name to First Book. (NPR, February 28, 2017)
Obamas Make Book Deal With Penguin Random House Penguin Random House will publish coming books by former President Barack Obama and the former first lady Michelle Obama,and will donate one million books in the Obama family’s name to First Book. (The New York Times, February 28, 2017)
First Book: A Novel Model for Social Enterprises First Book's President and CEO Kyle Zimmer spoke to Katherine Klein, management professor and vice dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, about the hybrid business model First Book has adopted that is key to its success. (February 15, 2017)
Getting Good Books Into the Hands of Low-Income Children First Book's President and CEO, Kyle Zimmer, joins Denver Frederick on The Business of Giving podcast, highlighted byThe Chronicle of Philanthropy. The two discuss the history of First Book, where First Book is going, and the impact of social enterprise. (February 3, 2017)
First Book: The First 25 Years First Book's Senior Vice President of Ecommerce, Carey Palmquist, authors an article in Education Market Association's Essentials magazine discussing First Book's growth. (January 1, 2017)
Moving On Up: 'They All Saw a Cat'. Publishers Weekly tells the story of how 'They All Saw a Cat' came to be and the success author and illustrator Brendan Wenzel's book has had, including an event with First Book and UFT in New York City. (November 29, 2016)
20,000 Jason Reynolds' Books Donated To Children In Need. Look to the Stars tracks and reports on everything from the world of celebrity giving. They thought so much of Simon & Schuster's recent donation of 20,000 books by author Jason Reynolds that they chose to highlight the generous donation to kids in need. (August 24, 2016)
Realizing the Multiplier Effect of Books First Book's President and CEO Kyle Zimmer authors a guest blog post for Reading Village in which she discusses the impact of books on children and their communities. (May 18, 2016)
Balancing the Books. GW Magazine highlights First Book's work with specific programs and explores the organization's history while profiling President and CEO, Kyle Zimmer, a George Washington University alumna. (April 14, 2016)
First Book Mixes Market Forces and Philanthropy to Help Poor Children. Washington Post education reporter, Lyndsey Layton, describes how First Book is using market forces to bring a full range of books, educational resources and basic necessities to support educational equality and help educators and programs meet the challenges of serving children in need. (December 27, 2015)
Classroom, Inc. Partners with First Book. Classroom, Inc. and First Book launch a partnership to provide Title I schools access to Classroom, Inc.’s Read to Lead literacy game series. (December 7, 2015)
Creating a Market for Diverse Books. Publisher Lee & Low interviews First Book President, CEO and Co-founder Kyle Zimmer about First Book’s Stories for All Project™ as part of their How We Did It series, spotlighting people and organizations doing important work to support diversity in publishing and beyond. (September 30, 2015)
Free Books to Open New Chapter for Kids. An editorial in the Kansas City Star shares the significance of the upcoming, largest-ever book distribution in the Kansas City area. (September 16, 2015)
Arlington: Joint Effort Distributes 900 Backpacks. Representatives from The Reading Connection, First Book, Boeing and other partner agencies stuff more than 900 backpacks with school supplies and books for local children in need. (August 18, 2015)
PODCAST: The Book Riot Podcast, Episode #105. In their May 11 podcast, Book Riot highlights First Book's Stories for All Project and why they are proud to have selected the organization as their 2015 charitable partner. Tune in at 13:40. (May 11, 2015)
Third Graders Get Free Books for Summer. Students from 21Jefferson County, Colo. schools are taking home new, diverse books to read this summer thanks to a donation from First Book and community partners. Each school also received 100 new books for their library. (May 11, 2015)
The Triumphs and Tribulations of Impact Investing. Kyle Zimmer, First Book President and CEO, and Jane Robinson, CFO, discuss the achievements and challanges of impact investing, which were on display at Oxford University's Said Business School this month at a gathering of investors, social entreprenuers and other stakeholders. (April 24, 2015)
Hot Dudes Reading for First Book. The Chew announces the partnership between @hotdudesreading and First Book and shares the Magic of Storytelling campaign. (March 4, 2015)
Don't Be Camera Shy: Making the Case for Instagram. Associations Now announces First Book's partnership with @hotdudesreading on Instagram and highlights the benefits of the social media platform in engaging with nonprofit networks. (March 12, 2015)
James Patterson Donating New Book to First Book. Shelf Awareness reports on James Patterson's donation of 100,000 copies of his new middle-grade book Public School Superhero to under-resourced schools and youth programs through First Book. (March 16, 2015)
Mercer Joins First Book Initiative. Mercer County Community College (MCCC) announces partnership with First Book, Burlington County College (BCC), the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) to deliver more than 40,000 free, high-quality books to children in need. (January 23, 2015)
Creating Healthy Minds With First Book. In the Huffington Post, Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), describes how AFT has partnered with First Book to get more books to kids in need to create lifelong readers and lifelong learners. (December 30, 2014)
Nonprofit Fights Illiteracy By Getting Books To Kids Who Need Them. NPR's Morning Edition talks with First Book's Kyle Zimmer, award-winning researcher Susan Neuman and a local educator about the profound lack of books for children in low-income communities and the difference that First Book is making for programs and classrooms serving kids in need. (December 29, 2014)
The Power of Books to Change the World. While a new UNESCO report cites education as the catalyst to address worldwide issues ranging from environmental protection to economic growth, millions of children - in the U.S. and across the globe - don’t have access to a basic educational tool: books.  First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer describes resources, models and partnerships to address this scarcity. (Sept. 22, 2014)
First Book Pledges to Buy Diverse Books: Publishers Weekly describes how First Book is advocating for more diversity in children's book publishing through the newest phase in the Stories for All Project.(May 13, 2014)
More Calls for Books About Non-white Children. The Guardian profiles First Book’s Stories for All Project, with British authors calling for similar efforts to increase diversity in children’s books in the U.K. (June 19, 2013)
First Book Tackles Lack of Diversity in Children's Books: Publisher’s Weekly takes a look into First Book’s commitment to a two-year, three million dollar initiative to expand the market for diverse children’s literature, the Stories for All Project, as announced at the Clinton Global Initiative summit. (June 18, 2013)
The Collective Power of a Nation of Readers: In Huffington Post, First Book president and CEO Kyle Zimmer highlights the collective power of First Book's growing network of over 100,000 programs in getting books into the hands of children in need. (April 16, 2014)
The Ultimate Innovators: Women Everywhere: Writing in The Huffington Post for International Women's Day, First Book CEO Kyle Zimmer discusses the role of women and girls around the world as innovators. (March 5, 2014)
Getting the Right Books Into Every Young Child's Hands: On the op-ed page of the Dallas Morning News, Kyle Zimmer, First Book's president and CEO, explains why "reading makes you smarter" and identifies the three major challenges First Book is working to overcome. (Feb. 24, 2014)
Stories for All: A Great Idea: Kirkus Reviews looks at First Book's "colossal commitment" (along with publishers HarperCollins and Lee & Low) to increasing diversity in children's publishing with The Stories for All Project. (March 22, 2013)
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