First Book is a national nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. We provide an ongoing supply of new books to children participating in community-based mentoring, tutoring, and family literacy programs.
First Book's model is national in scope and local in impact. In our first year, First Book distributed approximately 12,000 books in three communities. Since that time, First Book has distributed more than 40 million books to children in over 1300 communities around the country.
Encouraging children to read is one of the most important things we can do to help them grow into productive adults. Reading starts kids down the path to success. It is the very first step toward getting rich slowly.
Sponsoring the site is easy. If you'd like to support First Book, simply pledge any amount — even a dollar. If you e-mail me after you pledge, I'll add your name (and a link to any web site you choose) to the Get Rich Slowly sidebar. After the Blogathon, you will receive a reminder directing you to First Book to fulfill your pledge. And remember: you donations are tax deductible (at least in the United States).