First Book

First Book

First Book is a nonprofit, social enterprise that provides new books and educational resources to children in need because they believe every child deserves equal access to quality education.

At First Book, they envision a world in which all children have equal access to quality education. They tackle a pervasive and entrenched issue impacting more than 32 million children in the U.S. and Canada: the scarcity of books, educational resources, and basic need items for children in need. To this end, they amplify the voices of educators serving low-income children and partner with industry leaders in order to provide affordable, sustainable access to best-in-class educational resources. Since 1992, they have distributed more than 150 million books and currently serve more than 275,000 educators working with children in need.

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  • 2017

    Mario Batali Foundation Healthy Kids Collection

    This past year, MBF helped to expand the number of titles in the MBF Healthy Kids collection and assisting in funding the replenishment of inventory of the books, as well as funding to be used to enable educators and non-profits to buy books. In 2017, we delivered 20,000 free children’s books to educators in the Boston area.

  • First Book has distributed 150 million books since 1992

  • First Book serves 275,000 educators and is growing at a rate of 5,000 new members each month, making the First Book network the largest and fastest growing network of educators in North America

  • Over 5,000 books were distributed as a direct result of the Mario Batali grant funding. Educators who utilized this grant opportunity also purchased an additional 5,500 books.