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The Stories for All Project

Increasing Diversity and Promoting Inclusivity through Children’s Books

The Stories for All Project

At First Book, we want to see all kids become strong readers, the critical step to succeeding in school and in life. But all too often the children we work with don’t have books with characters and stories that are relevant to their lives. And that makes it harder to turn them on to reading.

sfap lack of diversity ccbc list 2015In a survey of the educators First Book serves, 90 percent of respondents agreed that the children in their programs would be more enthusiastic readers if they had access to books with characters, stories and images that reflect their lives and their neighborhoods.

First Book developed the Stories for All Project™ as a market-driven solution to increase diverse voices and promote inclusivity in children’s books. Through the Stories for All Project™, First Book is:

  • Connecting with educators and program leaders serving underrepresented populations to better understand and meet their needs;
  • Making the best books representing diverse characters, voices and life circumstances available and affordable to the children who need these resources the most;
  • Demonstrating to the publishing industry that there is a viable and vibrant market for diverse and inclusive books; and
  • Promoting understanding and empathy through stories that can help children see and celebrate their similarities and differences.

Please visit the First Book Marketplace for hundreds of great diverse and inclusive children’s titles.

The Stories For All Project™ has been highlighted in Kirkus Reviews, the New York Times, NPR, the Huffington Post, and a variety of other media outlets.


Our Approach

Price is the #1 barrier to book ownership. Our innovative model knocks down that wall.

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Our Impact

First Book works with existing community programs and schools to provide an ongoing supply of new books and educational resources to children in need.

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