First Book

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First Book "provides new books to children in need addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. The inspiration for the organization was born when Kyle Zimmer, a corporate lawyer by day and tutor at an inner-city soup kitchen by night, discovered that the children she tutored had no books to read.

"Kyle discovered that the majority of programs reaching low-income populations have few, if any, age-appropriate books for the children they serve. She realized that there were millions of potential readers, future workers, citizens and parents, who were eager to love reading and learning, but were without the tools to do so. Spurred to action, Kyle left her day job and in 1992 founded First Book to provide new books and resources to the children who needed them the most." [1]


Accessed March 2009: [2]

Publishing Committee

Advisory Council

Accessed March 2009: [3]



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Our Story, First Book, accessed March 17, 2009.
  2. Directors, First Book, accessed March 17, 2009.
  3. Advisory Council, First Book, accessed March 17, 2009.