First Book

Equal access to quality education for children in need

Understand the Need

Did you know?

  • More than half of U.S. public school students live in low-income households.1
  • In some of the lowest income neighborhoods, there is just one book for every 300 children.2
  • Two-thirds of children from low-income families lack access to books.3
  • 79 percent of fourth graders from low-income households do not read proficiently – a key predictor of a child’s future educational and economic success.4
  • Poor educational outcomes are tied to poverty, unemployment, illness, dependence on welfare, social exclusion and crime.5

Get the Facts

In low-income households, schools and communities, books and educational resources are scarce. Kids start school behind and often never catch up. Their educational and economic prospects suffer, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.

Be Part of the Solution

Educational equity can only be achieved when educators and kids have the resources they need to succeed. From books to backpacks, technology to toothpaste, First Book delivers critical tools for learning and for life.

1. National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
2. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, 2006
3. National Center for Children in Poverty, 2013
4. Annie E. Casey, Kids Count, 2014
5. World Literacy Foundation, 2012

Our Approach

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

Our Innovative Approach

Media Center

Visit our Media Center to see the latest First Book news, honors and awards, and multimedia content.

The First Book Media Center

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.

First Book's Impact

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