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The World Over – America’s Literacy Crisis: Kyle Zimmer with Raymond Arroyo - Kyle Zimmer, CEO of First Book, discusses providing books and the gift of reading to children in need and her thoughts on the literacy crisis we are facing here in the United States.

100K free books to be placed in Arkansas schools - First Book was proud to help bring 100,000 books to Arkansas and kids in need. Watch as First Book's Candace Radoski, Director, Partner Development/National Engagement, speaks about the event and local partnerships that made it possible.

First Book Impact - Los Molinos, California - The Los Molinos School District is committed to giving students five books a year. See how First Book makes it possible.

How diversity in children’s books can inspire - Kyle Zimmer joins MSNBC's Changing America to explain the importance of spreading stories that have real and make-believe heroes of all colors, shapes, and sizes.

First Book Impact - Smart from the Start in Washington, D.C. - The executive director of Smart from the Start - a family support, community engagement and school readiness organization Washington, D.C. - talks about the impact the brand-new books they've received from First Book have impacted the lives of the families with whom they work.

The Map of Making It in America - First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer participates in a panel discussion hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative. The panel focuses on building household wealth and creating high-quality employment opportunities for lower and middle-class Americans.

Los niños necesitan acceso a libros/Children Need Access to Books - Roxana Barillas talks to Univisión about the importance of reading in the early years and why access to books is critical for children's success in school and beyond, as part of Univisión's public awareness campaign "Pequeños y Valiosos" during national morning show "Despierta América."

'The View' & First Book Share the #MagicOfStorytelling - Chandler Arnold shares how Disney and First Book have teamed up with "Hot Dudes Reading" to share #TheMagicOfStorytelling and get up to one million books to kids in need.

Kyle Zimmer of First Book presented the Literarian Award, 2014 National Book Awards - The National Book Foundation has chosen Kyle Zimmer as its 2014 Literarian Medalist. The award honors Zimmer for her outstanding leadership and achievements in overcoming childhood illiteracy and promoting educational equality.

First Book Milestone: Children in Need Receive 100 Million Books - First Book marks the milestone of 100 million new books to kids in need in this piece from ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, including an interview with Kyle Zimmer, First Book's president and CEO.

First Book Supports KIPP Teachers - You know who loves KIPP programs and teachers? Your friends at First Book.

150,000 Books on the National Mall - One thousand volunteers packed 50,000 backpacks for kids in need with 150,000 books today on the National Mall, as part of the United Way's 'Day of Action'.

Happy 19th Birthday, First Book! - Over the last 19 years, First Book as distributed 80 million books to kids in need. Not bad for a teenager! But we have a LOT more work to do. Join us!

The Story of First Book - A collection of First Book's favorite authors and supporters sat down with us to help tell our story.

Target and First Book: A Groundbreaking Partnership - Working together, First Book and Target have distributed more than 1.5 million books to children in need — a groundbreaking partnership that has changed many lives.

Kyle Zimmer at the World Economic Forum in Davos - First Book president and co-founder Kyle Zimmer speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 2010, on the global impact of illiteracy and access to books.

Book Relief: Helping the Gulf Coast - In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, First Book distributed new books to the children, families, schools and libraries most affected by the storms. The program, started in 2005, lasted two years, and distributed more than five million books.

Social Edge interview with Kyle Zimmer - First Book president and co-founder Kyle Zimmer shares advice on social entrepreneurship.

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