First Book's Publishing Partners

Generous donations from publishing partners have helped First Book distribute more than 

million new books to children in need since 1992. We provide publishers with a groundbreaking ways to distribute large quantities of extra books to thousands of programs serving children from low-income families through the National Book Bank. At the same time, we bring new customers to our publishing partners through the innovative First Book Marketplace.

First Book also showcases publishing partners, authors and specific titles in cause-marketing campaigns and collaborations with other corporate and nonprofit partners. To speak with our Publisher Relations team about ways that we may help your company reach more eager readers and educators, please contact us at (202) 393-1222 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Featured Partners

Random House Children’s Books

For over a decade, Random House has been one of First Book's strongest supporters in the publishing world. Home to Dr. Seuss, The Magic Tree House series and many other beloved books, Random House has worked with First Book to provide millions of books to children in need.

Simon & Schuster

Partnering with First Book and General Mills, Simon & Schuster supports the Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program. In 2010, Cheerios and Simon & Schuster helped provided thousands of books to children in need through the Spoonfuls of Stories program.


HarperCollins is one of First Book’s oldest and strongest supporters. Together, First Book and HarperCollins work to ensure access for all children to wonderful books like Goodnight Moon and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

Disney Publishing Worldwide

Disney Publishing Worldwide has been a major supporter of First Book for many years. In 2011, Disney stepped up with a record-breaking donation, providing 8 million new books for children in need across the country.


Other Current Partners

Abrams Books

Abrams Book for Young Readers: Brings bestselling books for readers ages 0-18 (including Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Babar) to a new audience through the First Book Marketplace, donates wonderful books to the First Book National Book Bank and partners to support First Book author events.

Barefoot Books

First Book is proud to carry a wide range of Barefoot Books multicultural titles on the First Book Marketplace (including the bilingual Bear at Home series) and to be the charitable partner of Barefoot Books recent holiday campaign.

Candlewick Press

Candlewick Press titles for all ages can be found on the First Book Marketplace, including board books like Guess How Much I Love You, early reading titles like Handa’s Surprise, and award-winning chapter books like the Judy Moody series and Because of Winn Dixie.


Charlesbridge is the publisher of several of our favorite books including the Global Fund for Children book Global Babies/Bebes del Mundo, as well as Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins.

Encyclopædia Britannica

Encyclopædia Britannica is a longstanding supporter of First Book and a First Book Marketplace partner for books and digital content, covering a wide range of educational products for students from K-12.


Hachette Book Group USA is a long-time partner of First Book and recently donated thousands of copies of Sherman Alexie’s National Book Award-winning young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to the First Book National Book Bank for distribution to students in Native American communities nationwide.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt titles like Martha Speaks and Curious George can be found on the First Book Marketplace. Additionally, HMH is also one of the First Book National Book Bank’s newest partners.


Macmillan is the publisher of First Book Marketplace favorites like the Bright Baby board books and other classics. Macmillan is also a strong supporter of the First Book National Book Bank.

National Geographic

National Geographic Society Publishing has brought a wide range of nonfiction and educational titles to the First Book Marketplace, including library editions of several outstanding reference books and the popular Mama Mirabelle titles for pre-schoolers.

Penguin Group

Penguin Group USA is a strong First Book Marketplace partner and the publisher of a number of First Book Marketplace Special Editions, including Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells and Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is available in an exclusive First Book Marketplace bilingual board book edition.

Sterling Publishing

Sterling Publishing is a longstanding friend of First Book and supporter of the First Book Marketplace. In 2010, Sterling also teamed up with the First Book National Book Bank and Sterling author Tammi Sauer (Chicken Dance) to provide even more books to children in need.

Townsend Press

Townsend Press is the publisher of the popular Bluford series of young adult novels available on the First Book Marketplace. Townsend is also a strong First Book National Book Bank partner.