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Q&A with First Books, Free Reads for Children

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What is First Book?
First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. An innovative leader in social enterprise, First Book has distributed more than 100 million free and low cost books in thousands of communities. First Book now has offices in the U.S. and Canada.
When was First Book founded?
First Book President, Kyle Zimmer, founded First Book with two friends in 1992 to create an organization dedicated to providing new books to children in need. In that first year, First Book distributed 12,000 books in three communities – we are now proud to deliver more than 35,000 new books on average per day.
How many books has First Book distributed?
First Book has distributed more than 100 million new books to children in need in hundreds of communities throughout the United States and Canada.
How can I receive books through First Book?
In order to receive new books from First Book, you must register as a recipient group. For more information on registration benefits and edibility requirements visit:
How do I know if I’m eligible to access First Book’s resources?
If you’re an educator or program administrator, and at least 70 percent of the children in your program come from low-income families, we can help.
Eligible programs receive access to the First Book Marketplace, offering new books at 50 to 90 percent off retail prices, as well as access to free books through the First Book National Book Bank and book grants through First Book’s local Advisory Boards. If you have questions about eligibility requirements, we have three ways to help:
Visit our help site at
E-mail us at  Send an E-Mail with
Call our help line - 866 READ NOW or 866 732 3669 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday
How can I get involved with First Book?
First Book offers donation and volunteer opportunities.
A tax-deductible donation to First Book will fund new books for children in need and help knock down the greatest barrier to literacy development in the United States and beyond — access to books.
Every $10 buys four new books for a child in need and 97 cents of every dollar you contribute goes directly to First Book’s mission - making it possible for us to reach more children with more wonderful new books.
At the local level, activities are managed by First Book Advisory Boards. First Book Advisory Boards (ABs) are an extensive network of volunteer community leaders serving as ambassadors dedicated to fundraising, providing book grants to local literacy programs, and raising awareness of literacy issues within communities, college campuses and universities. you can:
Start a page and invite friends and family to join you in raising funds to place new books into the hands of children who need them.
Personalize your fundraising page with photos, logos and your own message. Send e-mail reminders and thank you messages to friends and family.
Check reports to monitor the status of your fundraising efforts.
How can I make a monetary donation to First Book?
You can donate to First Book online via credit card or by mailing a check to the address below.
Every $10 donated provides four new books for a child in need.
First Book
1319 F St. NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004

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Posted on August 23, 2013 in E-books