First Book In the News

News highlighting our ongoing efforts to bring new books and educational resources to children in need.


Barnes & Noble Donates $1M In Books to First Book for Hurricane Relief

Publishers Weekly, September 21, 2017

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.
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Helping Houston

Politico, September 15, 2017

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.
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‘Essentials for Kids’ Provides Hurricane and Funding Relief

Publishers Weekly, September 15, 2017

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.
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How First Book is Harnessing the Power of Free Markets to Give All Kids Equal Access to Quality Education

Forbes, August 17, 2017

First Book is transforming the playing field for educators and infusing classrooms and programs with the highest quality brand-new books and educational resources through a groundbreaking, award-winning model.
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Emotional Health Opens Doors

EdWeek, July 18, 2017

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.”
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New E-Commerce Opportunities for Kids’ Books

Publishers Weekly, July 14, 2017

Publishers are taking advantage of innovative, non-traditional ecommerce opportunities, like the First Book Marketplace, to reach new audiences.
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First Book President, CEO, and Co-founder Kyle Zimmer Was Awarded the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Social Enterprise

Washington Business Journal, June 16, 2017

In recognition of First Book’s sustainable, market-driven model that provides affordable access to brand new, high-quality books and educational resources to educators who exclusively serve kids in need, Kyle Zimmer was awarded the 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of the Year Award in the mid-atlantic region for social enterprise.
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The Business of Giving Stopped By the First Book Office in Washington, D.C.

The Business of Giving, June 27, 2017

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.”
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Simon & Schuster to Donate Up to 5,000 Copies of “Take Heart My Child: A Mother’s Dream”

FOX and Friends, May 8, 2017

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.
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Partnering With the NEA Foundation to Bring Diverse Books to Students: Q&A With Kyle Zimmer

The NEA Foundation, May 4, 2017

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.”
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World Book Day: From Books Deserts to Reading Oases

Omnivoracious, April 21, 2017

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.
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WWE WrestleMania Week Orlando

Miami Herald, April 8, 2017

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.
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A Child With a Book is a Promise to the Future

The Nonprofit Finance Fund, April 5, 2017

The Nonprofit Finance Fund helped First Book launch its marketplace in 2007; then, in 2015, it provided $2.75 million to upgrade the technology that supports its online platform, enhancing distribution, improving First Book’s ability to collect and analyze data, and helping expand the reach and impact of the marketplace.
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Free Books Given Out in Leon County

ABC-WTXL, April 1, 2017

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.
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Non-Profit to Give Away 40,000 Books to the Community

ABC-WTXL, March 31, 2017

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.
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Fueling Learning for Children in Need

Arch Street Press, March 5, 2017

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.
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Charity Hands Books to Children in District

The Washington Times, March 2, 2017

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.
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Barack and Michelle Obama Land Reported $65 Million Book Deal

Vanity Fair, March 1, 2017

Penguin Random House will publish two books by Barack and Michelle Obama, and will donate one million books to First Book in the Obama family’s name.
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Obamas Sign Book Deals with Penguin Random House

The Washington Post, February 28, 2017

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.
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Penguin Random House Acquires Global Rights to Books by Obamas

Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2017

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.
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Penguin Random House Announces Book Deal With The Obamas

NPR, February 28, 2017

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.
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Obamas Make Book Deal With Penguin Random House

The New York Times, February 28, 2017

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.
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First Book: A Novel Model for Social Enterprises

Wharton Social Impact Imitative, February 15, 2017

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.
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Upworthy Shares 20 Ways to Invest in the Future of Education.

Upworthy, February 7, 2017

First Book gets a mention as Upworthy shares tips for ordinary people who want to support public education.
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Getting Good Books Into the Hands of Low-Income Children

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 3, 2017

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.
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First Book: The First 25 Years

Education Market Association’s Essentials, January 1, 2017

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.
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Donate to Literacy Charities for #GivingTuesday

AdWeek, November 29, 2016

First Book’s #GivingTuesday partnership with Penguin Random House and Zulily was featured in Galley Cat, the publishing industry focused blog in the Adweek network.
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Moving On Up: ‘They All Saw a Cat’

Publishers Weekly, November 29, 2016

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.
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Holiday 2016: 20 Places to Shop for Gifts that Give Back

Forbes, November 25, 2016

Forbes features companies that are partnering with good causes this holiday season including children’s gear retailer Zulily, who is generously matching book purchases with a donation to First Book.
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Open Ebooks Announces Compatibility with Clever

Digital Book World, September 13, 2016

Digital Book World highlights the Open Ebooks partnerships and the role First Book is playing in bringing digital content to kids in need.
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Pizza Hut® Announces Global Commitment to Literacy and Reading through Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project

Newswire, September 8, 2016

First Book is proud to take part in Pizza Hut’s new literacy campaign, Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project. Read more to learn about the exciting partnership and how the two organizations plan to make a positive impact on the lives of children in need.
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20,000 Jason Reynolds’ Books Donated to Children in Need

Look to the Stars, August 24, 2016

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.
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Realizing the Multiplier Effect of Books

Reading Village, May 18, 2016

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.
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Open Books, Open Worlds: 6 Ways to Get Free (or Cheap) Books for Kids

Indian Country Today, April 20, 2016

Books can be prohibitively expensive. Indian Country today highlights several ways to make books afforable (or free) including First Book and Open eBooks, a recent partnership between Digital Public Library of America, The New York Public Library, and First Book.
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Balancing the Books

GW Magazine, April 14, 2016

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.
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School Reading Unbound: A New Project Aims to Bring e-Books to Lower-Income Students

Slate, March 24, 2015

Slate details the launch of the Open eBooks, an initiative designed to provide high-quality e-books to children from low-income families.
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First Book Mixes Market Forces and Philanthropy to Help Poor Children

Washington Post, December 27, 2015

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.
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Warehouse Full of Free Books Distributed to Tucson Kids

Arizona Public Media, December 11, 2015

A dozen semi-tractor trailers carrying half a million new books for kids made their way to a Tucson warehouse this week.
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First Book: A Story (Within a Story) of Transformation

Dallas News, December 11, 2015

Nonprofit Finance Fund highlights First Book’s work to circulate more than 130 million books since 1992 to benefit children in underserved communities.
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Ford, Houston Ford Dealers Launch $100,000 in Scholarships and Donate 10,000 New Books to Accelerate Education

Ford Press Release, December 8, 2015

Ford Motor Company Fund and the Houston Area Ford Dealers partner with First Book to donate 10,000 new books to nearly 100 schools and programs serving low-income communities.
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Hundreds of Volunteers Gather for Major Book Distribution

KVOA, December 7, 2015

Thousands of free books given to organizations around the country that serve children thanks to First Book, with 220,000 books staying in Tucson, Arizona.
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Classroom, Inc. Partners with First Book

Classroom, Inc., December 7, 2015

Classroom, Inc. and First Book launch a partnership to provide Title I schools access to Classroom, Inc.’s Read to Lead literacy game series.
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Here Are 15 Literary Nonprofits to Donate to this #GivingTuesday

Bustle, December 1, 2015

First Book featured as one of the 15 literary nonprofits to donate to this #GivingTuesday by Bustle.
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Book Donation Effort Leaves Lasting Impact on Young Minds in Border Cities

Dallas News, November 27, 2015

Karen Furlong, the founder of Starr Readers, receives books for area children from First Book.
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6 KISD Schools Receive Thousands of New Books

Killeen Daily Herald, November 18, 2015

Six schools in the Killeen Independent School District received more than 4,000 free new books Tuesday, thanks to First Book and the Blackboard book drive.
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New Brunswick Students Get New Books

Newbrunswick Patch, November 2, 2015

Students at a New Brunswick school received new books last week, thanks to donations from a nonprofit group and an area business.
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IT Firm Donates 6,250 Books to Jefferson City Schools

News Tribune, October 27, 2015

First Book and Wipro kick off their partnership with a reading celebration and donation of books in Jefferson City, Mo.
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Local Elementary Schools to Share Donation of 10,000 Books

Metro West Daily News, October 2, 2015

In partnership with Middlesex Savings Bank and CBS Ecomedia, First Book provided 10,000 new books to six elementary schools in Massachusetts.
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Creating a Market for Diverse Books

Lee & Low Blog, September 30, 2015

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.
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Penguin and Books A Million Launch Campaign to Donate Books to Children in Need

Children’s Book Council, September 17, 2015

Books-A-Million, Penguin and author Brad Metzler announce a new partnership to benefit First Book.
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Free Books to Open New Chapter for Kids

Kansas City Star, September 16, 2015

An editorial in the Kansas City Star shares the significance of the upcoming, largest-ever book distribution in the Kansas City area.
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Free Books Given to Families and Schools in Need

WNCT, Channel 9, August 29, 2015

WNCT Channel 9 reports on a recent book distribution in Greenville, NC conducted in partnership with Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
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Arlington: Joint Effort Distributes 900 Backpacks

The Arlington Connection, August 18, 2015

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.
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How Can We Get Books to the Children Who Need Them Most?

World Economic Forum, August 14, 2015

The World Economic Forum speaks to President and CEO of First Book, Kyle Zimmer, as part of a blog series on Social Entrepreneurs.
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Thousands of Books to Be Donated to Springfield Kids

Western Mass News, July 28, 2015

The Springfield Federation of Paraprofessionals challenges educators to sign up with First Book to bring 40,000 brand new books to students before the new school year.
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Playstreets Aims to Get Kids Reading this Summer

WPVI-TV, July 28, 2015

First Book volunteers in Philadelphia provide new books to hundreds of children across the city through the local Playstreet program.
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The Unexpected Place Where the White House Wants Your Kids to Read

Washington Post, July 29, 2015

First Book joins White House officials and nonprofit partners at Eddie’s Hair Design in Washington for a read-along with local kids, emphasizing the need for age-appropriate books in community gathering places where kids spend time.
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San Diego Students Receive Backpacks With STEM Books

Critical Mention, June 30, 2015

First Book fills backpacks with STEM Books for kids in several San Diego Schools as part of the U.S. STEM Solutions Conference.
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PODCAST: The Book Riot Podcast, Episode #105

Book Riot, May 11, 2015

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.
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First Book to Publish 60,000 Copies of Diverse Children’s Titles

School Library Journal, May 14, 2015

School Library Journal details the 2015 Stories for All Project title selections and how First Book is making them available to kids in need and beyond.
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Nonprofit First Book Will Donate 60,000 Diverse Children’s Books To Kids Who Need Them

Bustle, May 9, 2015

Kathleen Culliton of Bustle shares why First Book’s Stories for All Project matters: “kids who love to read are kids who can relate to the books they are given.”
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First Book to Give 60K Diverse Children’s Books to Kids in Need

GalleyCat, May 8, 2015

GalleyCat shares First Book’s latest Stories for All Project effort to make 60,000 children’s books featuring diverse voices and experiences available in trade paperback format for the first time ever.
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Springfield’s Ozarks Literacy Council Receives Books from First Book

KSPR, May 12, 2015

The Ozarks Literacy Council (OLC) receives one thousand new books from First Book. The books will be provided to kids in the region through OLC’s existing backpack program.
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More Books for Rural Kids, Classrooms, May Decrease Summer Learning Loss

Education Week, May 12, 2015

Education Week shares findings of a new report, Read for Success: Combating the Summer Learning Slide in America, which followed rural or low-income students in 16 states for two years to see if summer learning loss could be mitigated.
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Third Graders Get Free Books for Summer

9 News, May 11, 2015

Students from 21 Jefferson 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.
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First Book, Corporate Partners Make 60,000 Books Available to Children in Need

Publishers Weekly, May 5, 2015

Publishers Weekly breaks the First Book’s announcement to make 60,000 diverse, inclusive books available to kids in need through the Stories for All Project.
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The Triumphs and Tribulations of Impact Investing

Huffington Post, April 24, 2015

Kyle Zimmer, First Book President and CEO, and Jane Robinson, CFO, discuss the achievements and challenges 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.
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Disney’s ‘Magic of Storytelling’ Literacy Campaign Kicks Off to Provide Up to 1 Million Books to Kids

Yahoo News, January 20, 2015

Yahoo News shares the Magic of Storytelling campaign and First Book partnership with Disney and ABC.
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First Book Team Shares the Magic of Storytelling

The View, March 4, 2015

First Book COO Chandler Arnold appears on The View to announce the Hot Dudes Reading for a Cause campaign to promote the Magic of Storytelling.
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Hot Dudes Reading for First Book

The Chew, March 4, 2015

The Chew announces the partnership between @hotdudesreading and First Book and shares the Magic of Storytelling campaign.
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We Practice Charity: The Recipient

Book Riot, March 17, 2015

Riot New Media announces First Book as its 2015 charitable partner.
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Volunteers Needed to Help Book Donation Distribution

NBC/WMC Action News, March 9, 2015

NBC/WMC Actions News at 5 reports the 500,000 book donation to Memphis area provided by First Book and Literacy Mid-South partnership.
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Half a Million Children’s Books to be Given to Those in Need

CBS/WREG News, March 9, 2015

CBS/WREG News Channel 3 announces First Book’s partnership with literacy Mid-South and collaborative donation to Memphis schools and libraries.
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Don’t Be Camera Shy: Making the Case for Instagram

Associations Now, March 12, 2015

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.
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Just-Launched Website Lets Ordinary People Give Away Corporations’ Money

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 11, 2015

The Chronicle of Philanthropy describes the charitable online platform, Viewers to Volunteers, mentioning First Book’s involvement as a nonprofit affiliate.
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Literacy Organizations Donating Nearly 500,000 Free Books

The Commercial Appeal,  March 12, 2015

The Commercial Appeal recognizes Frist Book’s partnership with Literacy Mid-South and the collaborative donation to several schools and libraries in Memphis.
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James Patterson Donating New Book to First Book

Shelf Awareness, March 16, 2015

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.
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10 Awesome Book Charities That Help Kids All Over The World

The Huffington Post, March 11, 2015

First Book joins other great organizations on The Huffington Post’s list of the 10 best organizations that help to get books to kids.
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Speed Reading Raises Awareness for Nonprofit First Book

Right This Minute, February 6, 2015

Right This Minute speed reads in support of First Book and Disney ABC’s Magic of Storytelling campaign.
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Mercer Joins First Book Initiative

Central Jersey, January 23, 2015

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.
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Take a #Shelfie for Disney’s ‘Magic of Storytelling’ Campaign

Good Morning America, January 20, 2015

Ginger Zee kicks off First Book and Disney | ABC’s Magic of Storytelling campaign with a call for #sheflies on Good Morning America.
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