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  • 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 President and CEO Selected by National Book Foundation as 2014 Literarian Medalist. The National Book Foundation selects First Book President, CEO and co-founder, Kyle Zimmer, as the 2014 Literarian Medalist for her outstanding leadership and achievements in overcoming childhood illiteracy and promoting educational equality. (September 3, 2014) 
  • Arlington Man Bikes Across the Country for Literacy. The Washington Post highlights Rich McKinless' cycling journey across the United States to raise funds and awareness for First Book. (August 30, 2014) 
  • 5 Reasons Why Everybody Benefits From More Diverse Children's Books: Roxana Barillas, Director of Hispanic Engagement at First Book, explains in an article on the Huffington Post how children, teachers and businesses all benefit from increased diversity in children's literature. (June 25, 2014) 

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For more information about First Book, or to arrange an interview with First Book president Kyle Zimmer, members of the media should contact Julia Hornaday by phone (202-639-0114) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .