“I was being taken around by one of the school bus drivers. As we passed his house—a single story dwelling not much larger than an average two-car garage—he turned to me.
‘Know how many kids we have living with us?’
I shook my head.
‘Eleven,’ he said. ‘Only four of them are ours. The rest are all kids who were homeless.’
I just nodded. He wasn’t looking for praise, simply letting me know how things were. The traditional Lakota way is to view all children as your own, to care for any child in need.
Then he smiled. ‘Today,’ he said, ‘every one of those kids is going to get a book.’” (Read More)
Thank you so much for asking and for your generosity with your books!
First Book, however, only offers new titles.
Working with new books allows us to catalog every book available to educators, guarantee their condition and quality, and lets the educator choose what books they need, how many and when they would like the books shipped to their door.
We moved over 10 million titles last year in this way!
“First Book’s mission to make books accessible to low-income families is very close to my heart. It fills me with joy to hear that such an organization exists. Books are more than important, they fill a basic need in low-income communities—the need to connect to the world. Books for children of poverty represent hope.” Read More
“Leaves sail through the air/like lazy mariposas,” I say, and the bilingual children smile as they imagine lazy butterflies. Those children delight in sharing their linguistic knowledge. They feel included, a feeling we all appreciate. Read More…
Courtesy of the Thea Foundation, founded by Linda and Paul Leopoulos shortly after the untimely death of their daughter Thea Kay. The Thea Foundation connects young people to the power of visual art, dance, drama, and creative writing across Arkansas and beyond. Read More
Teachers and volunteers loading brand-new books into waiting cars at a recent First Book book distribution in Jacksonville, Florida.
(Over 120,000 brand-new books went to kids in need in Georgia and northeast Florida, thanks to help from our friends, the Jacksonville Jaguars).
First Book’s Help Team thanks our volunteers for National Volunteer Week!
Unfortunately, First Book only works with schools and programs; we don’t work directly with families. So get in touch with your nieces’ and nephews’ teachers or program leaders, and let them know about First Book.