Help Your Favorite Teacher Get Free Books for Back-to-School

Jul 25, 2013, 11:55 ET from First Book

Nonprofit First Book Launches Back-to-School Campaign to Bring New Books to Educators Serving Kids in Need

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teachers spend $480 of their own money on books and classroom materials each year. But educators like Ruth Detrick know to get more with less.


What's her secret? Getting free and low-cost books from First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books to educators serving kids in need.

"Because of First Book, I am able to give the children two books each month to take home and keep," said Detrick, executive director of McCormick County First Steps. "First Book allows me to stretch my small book budget and provide these children with, in most cases, the only books they have in their homes."

Yesterday, First Book announced a campaign focused on connecting with 5,000 more educators like Ruth before school starts this fall. Educators who sign up with First Book receive access to an ongoing supply of brand-new, high-quality books for the kids they serve.

The campaign runs through August 23 and invites teachers, school administrators, paraprofessionals and community program leaders serving children from low-income families to sign up online in order to get books in time for back-to-school.

"Teachers across the country are doing heroic work, often without the resources they need," said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. "Help them get books this school year by encouraging a teacher in your life to sign up with First Book."

About First Book
First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.  By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information, please visit or follow their latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

Brian Minter  

SOURCE First Book