The Stories for All Project

A Market-Driven Answer to the Need for Diverse Books

The Stories for All Project

At First Book, we want to see all children become strong readers, the critical step to succeeding in school and in life. But all too often the children we work with have books with characters and stories that aren’t relevant to their lives. And that makes it harder to turn them on to reading. The Stories for All Project

In a survey of more than 2,000 educators from First Book schools and programs, 90 percent of respondents agreed that the children in their programs would be more enthusiastic readers if they had access to books with characters, stories and images that reflect their lives and their neighborhoods.

We're not the first ones to address this problem. We know that if we want actually make a difference we need a market-driven, sustainable solution.

Through The Stories for All Project, First Book is providing that solution.

With these major purchases, First Book is continuing to harness market forces to create social change; by aggregating the untapped demand for books and resources in thousands of low-income communities, we’re helping to create a new market for the publishing industry.

When that happens, publishers respond by publishing more titles with more relevant content. Everyone really does win, and that’s how you make real, systemic change both possible and sustainable.

The Stories For All Project has been highlighted in Kirkus Reviews, the New York Times, NPR, the Huffington Post, and a variety of other media outlets.

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