First Book's Nonprofit and Government Partners

Our nonprofit partners reach children in need through their classrooms, afterschool programs, tutoring groups, community support centers, military support programs and food banks. First Book helps these networks provide more new books for their children by connecting them to a pipeline of free and low-cost resources while also collaborating to create unique funding opportunities for partners.

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Featured Partners

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.

Click here to learn more about First Book's work with the AFT.


As the official book provider for USO’s commitment to the United Through Reading® program, First Book helps make it possible for military moms and dads to read bedtime books to their children, even from far away. At 67 USO centers in the United States and overseas, service men and women record DVDs reading stories to their children. The USO then delivers the DVDs and books to the service members’ children and families back home. This program will provide 100,000 new books to children from military families from 2010 – 2011.


Reading is Fundamental (RIF)

Since 2007, First Book and RIF have worked together to provide hundreds of thousands of new books to children served by RIF programs across the nation. In the fall of 2010, First Book and RIF launched a special campaign that generated more than a half million new books for children in need.

United Way

First Book has teamed up with United Way and Success By 6 programs to deliver new books to children in these programs nationwide. The United Way hosted a webinar in May 2009 to connect 65 additional United Way participants with First Book’s resources on United Way’s Day of Action and throughout the year. First Book is an official partner for the Campaign for Common Good, an initiative to mobilize millions of people and organizations with the goal of improving America's communities – including a focus on education and the goal of cutting the high school dropout rate in half.

Feeding America

Feeding America is nourishing children’s minds as well as their bodies by connecting its extensive network of food banks and programs with First Book. Together we provided 20,000 books to kids with help from C&S Wholesale Grocers in Stockton, Calif. and Newburgh, N.Y. Through collaboration with Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories® program, an additional 250,000 books were distributed at 24 Feeding America food banks to fuel summer reading and support United We Serve’s 2010 “Let’s Read. Let’s Move” campaign.


Other Current Partners


ALA’s network of school, public, academic and special libraries use First Book and the First Book National Book Bank to provide free and low-cost books for children in need to start their own home library.

America’s Promise

Members of the America’s Promise Alliance work with First Book to lower the barrier of access to books in collaboration with their campaign to reduce the high school dropout rate by 2020.


CNCS’s network of AmeriCorps volunteers help connect the communities they serve back to First Book's resources.

Communities In Schools (CIS)

First Book helps CIS affiliates provide new books and educational opportunities to the schools they serve in low-income communities.

Everybody Wins

Everybody Wins sites and their volunteer reading tutors help build a love of reading by bringing books from First Book to children in elementary school.

Feed The Children

First Book and Feed the Children leverage donated warehouse space to distribute millions of books to children in need through the First Book National Book Bank.

Guru Krupa Foundation

Guru Krupa Foundation (GKF) is a New York-based private foundation that funds various initiatives related to education, health, and basic sustenance of impoverished children in the US and in India.

International Reading Association (IRA)

The International Reading Association is the world’s largest network of Literacy Professionals. By promoting reading, through continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide, the association strives to Transform Lives Through Literacy.


Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Jumpstart is also a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network.


This innovative network of charter schools place books from First Book into the hands of their kids to help guide them on the right path to college.


Kiwanis Clubs of the U.S. together with First Book are making children and education priority one by providing books to programs serving children in need.

Mortar Board

Mortar Board's college chapters raise funds to annually provide programs with grants to use the First Book Marketplace to purchase age appropriate materials at drastically reduced rates.

National Association for the Eduation of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)

NAEHCY is a national grassroots association serving as the voice and the social conscience for the education of children and youth in homeless situations. Our mission is to ensure school enrollment, attendance, and overall success for children and youth whose lives have been disrupted by the lack of safe, permanent and adequate housing. NAEHCY's partnership with First Book has put thousands of books into the hands of homeless children, their parents, and the educators who are working to ensure a brighter tomorrow.


This network of early childhood accredited programs connects to First Book to provide new books for the children they serve.


Through this network of State Title I School Directors, First Book continues to provide increasing numbers of children in Title I Schools with new books.


NCFL empowers children and families through adult literacy education and reading with books and resources from First Book.

National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

First Book provides bilingual books and educational materials to the NCLR network to help improve opportunities for Latino children.


The NHSA is the primary non-federal contributor of resources to Head Start Centers nationwide and First Book is their official distribution arm for donated books and educational materials.


First Book works with the National Summer Learning Association to help engage children and combat summer reading loss in low-income communities.

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Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP)

First Book and Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) work together to ensure that PCHP sites have affordable access to books and resources for their evidence-based school readiness, early literacy curriculum that is implemented through twice-weekly home visits with underserved and under-resourced young families.

Parent Teacher Associations (PTA)

First Book provides new books to the many PTAs in communities across the country to help children become successful students.

PBS Kids - Ready to Learn

Through PBS - Ready To Learn, First Book provides a full range of book-ordering services to public television stations across the country in support of their literacy outreach initiatives for low-income families, linking children’s books and the themes of the stations’ educational programming.

Points of Light

Points of Light volunteers and programs use First Book to make an impact on literacy in their own communities by distributing books.

Reach Out and Read

First Book delivers books to Reach Out and Read clinics nationwide, enabling doctors to provide books to children ages 0 to 5 and literacy guidance to their parents.

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets gives books more power by sharing valuable literacy tips and teaching tools to the educators and administrators First Book serves.


TESOL International Association works with First Book to provide books and resources to the educators, researchers, administrators and students in its worldwide network, in order to advance excellence in the profession of teaching English to speakers of other languages.


First Book supports Teach for America’s Corp members in transforming the educational landscape of the communities they work in by providing books and educational materials for the students they serve.

United Through Reading

United Through Reading facilitates a bonding experience for children and families separated by incarceration or military deployment by providing a new book from the First Book Marketplace with a DVD recording of the parent reading the book aloud.

World Vision

World Vision works with First Book to stock their teacher resource centers throughout the country with free books for educators to bring to the classrooms and children they serve.

Youth Service America

First Book makes it possible for young people to help fight illiteracy in their communities by providing their network of young volunteers with free and low-cost books for the programs they serve and the communities in which they advocate.


Books and educational resources from First Book help children and teens at YMCA branches learn, grow and thrive through literacy.