First Book has distributed over 140 million new books and educational resources to children from low-income families through a growing network of schools, programs, churches, and institutions across the United States, as well as in as well as in Canada, Peru, Haiti, Jamaica, India and other countries. A passionate advocate for social entrepreneurship, educational equity, and the importance of literacy to further economic competitiveness and global understanding, First Book and its co-founder and President Ms. Kyle Zimmer has been featured in some of the world’s most prestigious economic forums.
My name is Renea Boren. I have been a librarian for 14 years. I learned about First Book last year, it was easy to apply. We learned in July that Sunny Brae Elementary School would receive over 10,000 books! When the students returned in September, to their surprise, they were each given 3 to 5 books so they could start a home library. At Sunny Brae we service about 700 children Pre-K through 5th grade. We are a 100% Title 1 school. First Book is a wonderful resource for children that have probably never had a new book that was theirs to keep. First Book has now given our students more than 15,000 new books. Last year our students read over 30,000,000 words (as tested by the Accelerated Reader program), that is 20,000,000 more than the year before. First Book has made a huge difference in these children's lives. The excitement on a child's face when they receive a new book is one of the most wonderful sights you will ever see.