According to a study by the National Center for Children in Poverty, the families of more than 31 million U.S. children lack the income necessary to cover basic needs such as rent and food. In such situations of poverty, purchasing books can be a luxury, and preschool and afterschool programs serving low-income children may also lack the funds to purchase children's books. First Book has distributed more than 85 million books and educational resources to schools and programs serving children from low-income families across the United States and Canada, elevating the quality of their education by making new, high-quality books accessible on a regular basis.
One of First Book—San Diego’s current goals is to provide collections of new books to three San Diego–area nonprofits. One of the beneficiaries will be Monarch School, which educates local children impacted by homelessness in a rigorous and supportive environment. Another, San Diego Center for Children, supports youth who have suffered a psychiatric disturbance or trauma with education through two private schools, in addition to a variety of health and basic living services. First Book also plans to provide books for UPLIFT—Kids at Heart, an organization that works to eliminate the education gaps based on language barriers and poverty by providing tutoring and mentoring services at San Diego–area schools, churches, and community centers.
Join G-Team and donate $6 to help First Book—San Diego provide local organizations with books for children from low-income families. If G-Team members raise $300, then First Book can purchase 150 books and distribute them to Monarch School, San Diego Center for Children, and UPLIFT—Kids at Heart to help educate children in all three programs.
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When she was a tutor to children from low-income families in Washington, DC, Kyle Zimmer was amazed by how excited students would get whenever given their own books. As she relayed in a 2011 New York Times story, this work inspired Zimmer to start First Book, an organization dedicated to making reading materials accessible to children in need.
Today, nearly 20 years after Zimmer's eureka moment, First Book works toward this goal through two channels: the First Book Marketplace, an online store with quality books—including Caldecott and Newbery award-winners—available at up to 90% below the retail price, and the First Book National Book Bank, a clearinghouse for publishers’ excess inventory. To date, the organization has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to 50,000 schools and programs throughout the United States and Canada—with more added each month.
The impact has been inspiring. An internal study found that 70% of children reported reading more at home after receiving books from First Book. In recognition of this and other accomplishments, the organization has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2005 Nonprofit Innovation Award and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.