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First Book Lets You Share the Big Learning


Those of us with abundant home libraries sometimes take for granted the easy access we have to our books. First Book is a wonderful organization that makes it possible for children in low-income families to own books they otherwise couldn't afford.

First Book works through a network of volunteer Advisory Boards to provide local community programs with brand-new books that children can take home and keep.  They have distributed over 20 million new books in the past three years alone.

With First Book Advisory Board grants, local community programs purchase books of their choice directly from publishers. Children in the programs use the books and then take them home, building their own home libraries over time. First Book has negotiated discounts with publishing partners, effectively doubling the purchasing power of every dollar donated.

First Book has the highest possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator, an organization that rates philanthropic organizations for sound fiscal management. First Book was also named one of ten "Gold Star" charities in Forbes' annual survey of 200 nonprofits.

If the simple idea of helping children own books appeals to you, there are many ways to get involved. You can make a donation to the national organization, or become involved at the local level by joining or starting a First Book local advisory board. To find out more or make a donation, visit the First Book web site at http://www.firstbook.org .




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