Literacy is of primary importance in today's world. Yet in the United States, the majority of children from low-income families have no age-appropriate books in their homes or classrooms.
* Statistics from First Book
This Gift That Gives More™ gives ten children in the United States their first books, and the opportunity to discover a lifelong love of learning.
Report from the Field
Thanks to your generous donations here, as well as additional funding from The Literacy Site, 11,507 brand-new books were given to children from low-income families throughout North America via First Book's network of schools and programs. Thank you for your help!
Adara Robbins is one example as to the type of teacher First Book supports:
My 8th graders at YES Prep Southwest face the constant stress of poverty. They can't be sure where they will sleep tomorrow. They have to take care of younger siblings, leaving limited time for homework. They have few, if any, books at home. With so much uncertainty, it can take a lot of work for them to visualize a future where they will succeed and attend college.
Because of First Book, my kids have the books they need to become strong, confident, enthusiastic readers. They have grown academically. They get along better with one another. They love and constantly ask for more books. My students are simply happier when they start their day reading.
First Book is a nonprofit organization that provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 90 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis.
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