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How Can We Get Books to the Children Who Need Them Most?

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 09.01.2016 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

As part of a World Economic Forum blog series on Social Entrepreneurs, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship spoke to Kyle Zimmer, President and CEO of First Book, which provides millions of new books to children in low-income situations.

Literacy and Justice for All

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 07.13.2016 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

Ensuring an equal education, and letting our children know they matter, regardless of their race or culture, is the most important step we can take. We are too great a country to fail to address something so fundamental to our fellow citizens and our future.

Creating Healthy Minds With First Book

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.01.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Today, 32.4 million American children go without books -- even as study after study has shown that literacy is crucial to success in school, future earning potential and the ability to contribute to the nation's economy.

Calling All Harry Potters, Bilbo Baggins and Katniss Everdeens

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

So come on all you Bilbo Baggins, Captain Ahabs, Harry Potters, Anne of Green Gables and Katniss Everdeens. I know you are out there and we need you to win this one. Because how this story ends affects us all.

The Power of Books to Change the World

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

If we needed another call to action regarding the transformative power of education - on individual lives and the world we live in - here it is. In ...

The Day My First Book Arrived

Maureen Anderson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Home
Maureen Anderson

I couldn't understand it. I was driving home after taking our first grader to school, and everyone seemed to be going about his day as if it was a normal one. It wasn't. My first book was on its way!

9 Debut Novels You'll Love

| Posted 07.08.2014 | Home

Originally published on Kirkus Voodoo, faith, racism, integrity (or lack thereof) in the news business, language as virus, fluctuating female frien...

Diversity in Children's Books: Moving From Outcry to Real, Market-Driven Solutions

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

The lack of diversity in children's literature is a problem that requires a market-based solution. That starts with understanding the pressures facing the book industry.

The Collective Power of a Nation of Readers

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

They are part of First Book, a nonprofit network of teachers, librarians, community leaders and program administrators serving kids in need -- a network that stretches across the country and around the world.

The Ultimate Innovators: Women Everywhere

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

We need to ramp up our investments in educational gender equity and opportunities for women and girls. By doing so, our families and communities will thrive.

A New Majority for Our Schools, Our Solutions

Randi Weingarten | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

What if, instead of using international rankings to bash our students, schools and teachers, we learned from top-performing countries and applied their lessons for the benefit of all children?

Closing the Childhood Literacy Gap

Debbie Messemer | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Debbie Messemer

September is National Literacy Month and a reminder that as kids across the U.S. settle in for another school year, many are at a critical disadvantage due to low literacy skills or outright illiteracy.

The Stillborn Novel

Elizabeth L. Silver | Posted 10.19.2013 | Home
Elizabeth L. Silver

All artists look at their creations -- be they manuscripts, canvases, film canisters, or musical scores -- as their babies, and society does not object. This metaphor is never insulting, nor is it entirely false or original, for that matter.

The Acknowledgments That Won't Make It Into My Book

Amy Sue Nathan | Posted 02.05.2013 | Home
Amy Sue Nathan

As a soon-to-be published author I've thought often about whom I'll thank in the acknowledgments pages of my book. And I do mean pages. None of that thanks-to-the-world-in-a-paragraph for me.

Mongol Rally: The Adventure That Wasn't By The Book

Leon Logothetis | Posted 12.01.2012 | Travel
Leon Logothetis

I ignored my mother's pleas and started a journey into the unknown. I hoped it would inspire people along the way: For each mile we drove in our Daihatsu Terios, we donated a book to an underprivileged child through First Book. 10,000 miles. 10,000 books. That was the goal.

Who Is a Social Entrepreneur?

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

For decades the field has focused on startup phase entrepreneurs. But our focus on startups eliminates two important categories that are critical to the evolution of the field -- and to reaching our broader goals.

Tell Us: What Was The First Book That Had An Impact On You?

Annemarie Dooling | Posted 10.22.2012 | Home
Annemarie Dooling

My dog's name is Charlotte. I often get asked why the tiny English Bulldog with the deep, dark eyes and a tendency to growl at passers-by has such a...

Goodreads Partners With First Book To Fight Illiteracy

GalleyCat | Maryann Yin on July 8, 2011 10:23 AM | Posted 09.07.2011 | Home

Goodreads has partnered with First Book, a charity group whose mission is to make sure children who reside in low-income communities are able to have ...

Uma Thurman Joins Ralph Lauren, Under the Guise of Literacy, to Sell Rich Kids Clothes (VIDEO)

Rocco Staino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rocco Staino

We have Uma Thurman narrating a story that is billed as literature whose primary purpose is to sell $39.50 Blake Pig Pony Oxfords or $395 cowboy boots.

And You Don't Stop: How I Overlooked My First Book

Melissa Broder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Melissa Broder

What I didn't realize was that I'd have a reaction to being in the spotlight, which felt almost biological (or bio-illogial) in nature. I physically craved that attention when it ebbed.