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First Book In The News

Moving On Up: 'They All Saw a Cat'. 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. (November 29, 2016)
20,000 Jason Reynolds' Books Donated To Children In Need. 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. (August 24, 2016)
Balancing the Books. 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. (April 14, 2016)
First Book Mixes Market Forces and Philanthropy to Help Poor Children. 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. (December 27, 2015)
Classroom, Inc. Partners with First Book. Classroom, Inc. and First Book launch a partnership to provide Title I schools access to Classroom, Inc.’s Read to Lead literacy game series. (December 7, 2015)
Creating a Market for Diverse Books. 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. (September 30, 2015)
Free Books to Open New Chapter for Kids. An editorial in the Kansas City Star shares the significance of the upcoming, largest-ever book distribution in the Kansas City area. (September 16, 2015)
Arlington: Joint Effort Distributes 900 Backpacks. 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. (August 18, 2015)
PODCAST: The Book Riot Podcast, Episode #105. 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. (May 11, 2015)
Third Graders Get Free Books for Summer. Students from 21Jefferson 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. (May 11, 2015)
The Triumphs and Tribulations of Impact Investing. Kyle Zimmer, First Book President and CEO, and Jane Robinson, CFO, discuss the achievements and challanges 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. (April 24, 2015)
Hot Dudes Reading for First Book. The Chew announces the partnership between @hotdudesreading and First Book and shares the Magic of Storytelling campaign. (March 4, 2015)
Don't Be Camera Shy: Making the Case for Instagram. 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. (March 12, 2015)
James Patterson Donating New Book to First Book. 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. (March 16, 2015)
Mercer Joins First Book Initiative. 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. (January 23, 2015)
Creating Healthy Minds With First Book. In the Huffington Post, Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), describes how AFT has partnered with First Book to get more books to kids in need to create lifelong readers and lifelong learners. (December 30, 2014)
Nonprofit Fights Illiteracy By Getting Books To Kids Who Need Them. NPR's Morning Edition talks with First Book's Kyle Zimmer, award-winning researcher Susan Neuman and a local educator about the profound lack of books for children in low-income communities and the difference that First Book is making for programs and classrooms serving kids in need. (December 29, 2014)
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 Pledges to Buy Diverse Books: Publishers Weekly describes how First Book is advocating for more diversity in children's book publishing through the newest phase in the Stories for All Project.(May 13, 2014)
More Calls for Books About Non-white Children. The Guardian profiles First Book’s Stories for All Project, with British authors calling for similar efforts to increase diversity in children’s books in the U.K. (June 19, 2013)
First Book Tackles Lack of Diversity in Children's Books: Publisher’s Weekly takes a look into First Book’s commitment to a two-year, three million dollar initiative to expand the market for diverse children’s literature, the Stories for All Project, as announced at the Clinton Global Initiative summit. (June 18, 2013)
The Collective Power of a Nation of Readers: In Huffington Post, First Book president and CEO Kyle Zimmer highlights the collective power of First Book's growing network of over 100,000 programs in getting books into the hands of children in need. (April 16, 2014)
The Ultimate Innovators: Women Everywhere: Writing in The Huffington Post for International Women's Day, First Book CEO Kyle Zimmer discusses the role of women and girls around the world as innovators. (March 5, 2014)
Getting the Right Books Into Every Young Child's Hands: On the op-ed page of the Dallas Morning News, Kyle Zimmer, First Book's president and CEO, explains why "reading makes you smarter" and identifies the three major challenges First Book is working to overcome. (Feb. 24, 2014)
Stories for All: A Great Idea: Kirkus Reviews looks at First Book's "colossal commitment" (along with publishers HarperCollins and Lee & Low) to increasing diversity in children's publishing with The Stories for All Project. (March 22, 2013)
Who Is a Social Entrepreneur?: Kyle Zimmer, First Book's president and CEO, on the future of social entrepreneurship, in the Huffington Post. (Sept. 13, 2012
Purchasing Power Is Social Impact Power: In Fast Company, Will Byrne writes about the social impact of purchasing power, and one of his personal inspirations, First Book president Kyle Zimmer. (June 29, 2012)
So, Your Idea Hit a Brick Wall. Congratulations!: Profiled in the New York Times, First Book president Kyle Zimmer talks about what she's learned about leadership, and the kind of culture she strives to create at First Book. (May 27, 2012)
Mickelson, KPMG Team Up to Bring Books to Kids: USA TODAY highlights a great new partnership with KPMG, one of First Book's most generous corporate partners, and golf legend Phil Mickelson, that will put hundreds of thousands of new books into the hands of children in need through First Book.  (March 28, 2012)
Twelve Books for Summer: How one elementary school in Lousiana is using books from First Book in their classrooms. (Feb. 22, 2012)
Impact Investing: How Do We Harness the Hype?: In the Huffington Post, Abigail Noble of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship discusses a major new report on impact investing released at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The report, by Credit Suisse and the Schwab Foundation, hails First Book as a prime example of social entrepreneurship in action. (Jan. 29, 2012)
How Do We Move Mountains?: First Book's executive vice-president, Chandler Arnold, discusses First Book's efforts in West Virginia in the Huffington Post. (Dec. 28, 2011)
News Flash: Progress Happens: David Bornstein talks about the work that First Book and other great organizations are doing every day to solve real problems, on the New York Times Opinionator blog. (Dec. 15, 2011)
First Book Opens a Chapter in Children's Lives: First Book distributes 350,000 new books to kids in need in St. Louis and across the country, working with dozens of local schools and community groups in Missouri. (Dec. 12, 2011)
Giving Where It Works: Tina Rosenberg, writing for the New York Times, describes First Book's work as a "particularly good use of charitable dollars" and "proven to work". (Nov. 30, 2011)
First Book Clicks with Social Media: First Book partners with Random House Children's Books to increase its social media following; more than doubling to 33,000 in one week. For every new follower, Random House donated a new book to a kid in need through First Book. (Nov. 10, 2011)
First Book President 'Leaps Out of Bed' to Help Kids: First Book president and CEO Kyle Zimmer, reflecting on the personal history that led her to co-found First Book, and sharing some insights into the power of books and reading to shape our society for the better. (Oct. 3, 2011)
Nonprofit Distributes Free Books for Youth: First Book distributes half a million books to kids in need across the country from a warehouse in Lansing, 100,000 of them to children in Michigan. (Aug. 11, 2011)
Publishers as Partners in Literacy. Writing in The New York Times, David Bornstein continues his discussion of the First Book Marketplace, and addresses some of the specific ways that First Book provides a unique and proven solution to an often intractable problem. (May 19, 2011)
John Merrow: Vocabulary is King - John Merrow, education correspondent for PBS NewsHour and president of Learning Matters, discusses the importance of reading and vocabulary-building on the First Book blog. (April 28, 2011)
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