Team First Book of Philadelphia is the local volunteer group of the national nonprofit, First Book, which provides new books to children in need.
First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. In 2014 alone, Team First Book Philadelphia provided over 49,000 books to children in low-income pre-schools, charter schools, after-school programs, and community initiatives. The children come from traditionally underserved areas, where research shows that nearly two thirds of families own no books at all. They are enrolled in a variety of early learning, after-school and family care programs administered by neighborhood associations, schools, churches, and hospitals. Team First Book Philadelphia is comprised of volunteers across the business, media, nonprofit, and education communities. Our Executive Council members and volunteers have grown up, gone to school, raised children, and grown roots in the Philadelphia area, thus having a vested interest in the education and literacy development of ALL children. Literacy has been proven to break the cycle of violence and drive economic growth and personal empowerment. But, the U.S. is in the midst of an illiteracy crisis. While in middle income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to one, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is one book for every 300 children – and over 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving children from low-income families have no age-appropriate books. By providing children from low-income families with books they can take home and keep, First Book targets the only variable that correlates significantly with reading scores—the number of books in the home.
Mission: Team First Book Philadelphia provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy: access to books.
With schools closed through the end of the academic year, we know that you - as parents or guardians - could use some support.
The Free Library of Philadelphia put together some digital resources to keep kids busy and entertained: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/blog/post/4157
libwww.freelibrary.org Schools are closed through the end of this school year, and children and caregivers alike are looking for high-quality reading materials and activities. It's more important than ever…
“If anybody has cabin fever, it’s our children."
Thank you to The New York Times for featuring First Book and its efforts to provide children with reading material at a time when they need it the most.
Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/23/neediest-cases/first-book-school-closed-coronavirus.html?smid=em-share
nytimes.com Remote learning is particularly challenging for low-income children. The nonprofit First Book is aiming to keep them on track.
Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation will be distributing free meals and children's books on Thursday at Scanlon and Tarken! 🍎📚
In addition to distributing free meals at Scanlon and Tarken every Monday and Thursday morning, our #SniderHockey staff members will also be handing out free children's books, thanks to our partnership with Team First Book of Philadelphia. We'll have lots of books on hand from picture books to graphic novels and chapter books for all of our young readers!
School may be closed, but reading is never cancelled.
Amazon.com Audible is offering free audio books for kids.
Start listening: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
stories.audible.com Free stories for kids of all ages. Audible Stories is a free website where kids of all ages can listen to hundreds of Audible audio titles across six different languages—English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese—for free, so they can keep learning, dreaming and just being kids.
If you have children at home who are out of school at this time, we want to help you keep them entertained and actively engaged.
Here's one to bookmark: Storyline Online! Here, you'll find videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Get comfy, and dive in here: https://www.storylineonline.net/library/
Stay close to our Facebook for more ideas and activities! 📚
storylineonline.net The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy nominated, Storyline Online, features celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Kristen Bell, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Wanda Sykes, Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Betty White and more reading children’s books to inspire a love of reading in millions of ch...
When the going gets tough, look to books. 📚
Now more than ever, it’s so important that Philadelphia’s children have access to the things they need.
Team First Book of Philadelphia recently provided book grant funding to Mighty Writers and Tree House Books.
Both of these amazing organizations are serving as sites to distribute age-appropriate books, as well as free boxed breakfasts and lunches, to kids up to age 18 - a *critical* effort since schools are closed and will be for some time.
Let’s help keep kids busy, engaged and fed at this difficult time: https://support.firstbook.org/give/127319/#!/donation/checkout
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forbes.com Would you be delighted if there were a way to accelerate your child’s financial literacy so that age of monetary maturity is reached much quicker?
First Book Philadelphia's co-chair - and children's book author - Marni Fogelson is now Read by 4th’s new blog contributor!
Tap to read the latest, about how wordless picture books are a great way for kids to imagine their own stories: http://readby4th.org/no-words-no-problem/
readby4th.org We are excited to introduce our new monthly blog contributor Marni Fogelson! Marni is a children’s book author that writes awesome tips to support parents as they raise strong readers! Although the words in children’s books play an important part in building kids’ vocabularies, wordless pic...
"Reading skills have not improved significantly over the past few years, even in high and middle-class income countries."
Findings from the 2018 Program International Student Assessment (PISA) revealed that youth reading skills are in need of improvement worldwide.
Just one book in the hands of a child can make a difference.
Read more about the study: https://www.studyinternational.com/news/pisa-2018-reading-skills-improve-worldwide/
And support Team First Book Philadelphia in its mission to improve literacy from a young age: https://support.firstbook.org/campaign/team-first-book-philadelphia/c127319
studyinternational.com Over ten million students represented by PISA 2018 were not able to complete even the most basic reading tasks. How can schools help them improve?
Did you know that many Free Library of Philadelphia locations offer Reading With a Dog programs?
This allows children to practice reading out loud in a comfortable environment.
See a list of upcoming dates and locations: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/calendar/tag/paws-read-to-a-dog
Throwback to the Team First Book Philadelphia Book Fair with the Reading & Rollerskating summer camp at the Laura Sims Skate House this summer.
All of the students took home some brand new books to read!
📷: Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation
#tbt #PhillyLovesBooks 📚
No. 1: Inclusion and equity.
Every child deserves equal access to education - and educational materials. This is the driving force behind our mission to make books more widely accessible.
Read more about the trends impacting education, via Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2019/08/05/four-trends-influencing-education/#1c61b6a16ad4
forbes.com These four trends—inclusion, lifelong learning, quantified self and mindfulness—are becoming ubiquitous in the media and becoming part of the culture.
Every day is #BookLoversDay in our eyes. 📚♥
How are you celebrating? What are you reading on your own, or to your child?
Today's the perfect opportunity to crack open a new book and get lost in a new adventure.
The Philadelphia School District is welcoming 650 new teachers and counselors this week - and safety is their first priority.
philadelphia.cbslocal.com A weeklong orientation began Monday and school safety is part of what they’re talking about after mass shooting in Texas and Ohio.
"Over the summer, children living in poverty lose two to three months of what they have learned in the previous school year."
Leaders in Baltimore have the right idea, and are investing in summer programs to stay on track over the summer.
Read more via The Baltimore Sun: https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0805-summer-learning-20190805-5xlmxpdo3fd75c7texu7fs7u2a-story.html
baltimoresun.com If we want to truly support growth of kids of all racial and socio-economic backgrounds – academically and personally – we need to expand what “summer learning loss” means, how we measure it and what kinds of summer opportunities we make available to our kids.
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We are ending our Reading & Rollerskating summer camp at the Laura Sims Skate House this week by hosting a Team First Book of Philadelphia Book Fair. All of our students will be heading home with brand new books to read!
Today we celebrate Malala, her strength and her incredible commitment to making education accessible to all—a mission we work toward every day.
"There is nothing — simply nothing — more important than reading with your child, keeping your child within reach of books or texts that interest them, and promoting a love of reading in your household."
CC: Medium #PhillyLovesBooks📚
medium.com Proven ways to help your child succeed in school
"It is crucial that we continue to invest in our youth." -Mayor Jim Kenney
kywnewsradio.radio.com PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two thousand Philadelphia students started their summer jobs this past week, and more than 6,000 will soon be joining them. The city has increased funding for the summer job program by $1 million.
School’s out for summer in the Greater Philadelphia region, and Team First Book is hard at work making sure that all of our area’s children have plenty to read. ☀📚
We do this by partnering with schools, summer camps, education programs, community centers, hospitals, and more to provide new, free, diverse books to children.
100% of every donation goes directly towards providing books for kids. Just $3.00 will provide a new book for kids in need!
Donate now: https://firstbook.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e5296c781a231953ee2f64b3&id=b18da04f6d&e=59f60e799f
#DYK that 37% of children arrive at kindergarten without the skills necessary for lifetime learning?
For many of these students, lack of access to reading materials is a large part of the problem. Team First Book Philadelphia's goal is to put more books in the hands of more children, giving them the opportunity to discover their love for reading, and improve the literacy skills they'll need to be successful in their academic future.
Learn more: https://support.firstbook.org/campaign/team-first-book-philadelphia/c127319
A recent Ohio State University study found that reading five books a day to your children exposes them to about 1.4 million more words by kindergarten than those children who did not have books read to them - 1.4 MILLION!
Great story on the importance of reading in a child's development, via StudyFinds.org: https://www.studyfinds.org/study-reading-books-children-every-day-worth-million-literally/
studyfinds.org A recent Ohio State University study that found reading five books a day to your children exposes them to about 1.4 million more words by kindergarten than those children who did not have books read to them.
"The first five years of a child’s life are critical for language exposure, but studies suggest children in lower-income families often don’t experience the rich literary environment wealthier kids do."
This is such an amazing initiative and worth a watch!
Story via PBS: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/when-a-laundromat-becomes-a-library
pbs.org The first five years of a child’s life are critical for language exposure, but studies suggest children in lower-income families often don’t experience the rich literary environment wealthier kids do. A New York City initiative trying to close that gap encourages reading in a spot families visit...
Where is your book taking you this week?
#QOTD #PhillyLovesBooks #Reading
“We find that books in the home have a positive payoff in improved test scores throughout the world."
New research finds that access to reading materials in the home has a positive impact on children's development.
Read more from Pacific Standard: https://psmag.com/social-justice/books-home-strongly-linked-academic-achievement-82144?fbclid=IwAR2t9SnZmycfoXRztXKcVZAI4Ao4kecGNZn3uSfnjlL4KBHLzlsr-AIMHHI
psmag.com Test scores from 42 nations provide evidence of the benefits of having a home library.
Such an honor to work with incredible organizations like the Children's Crisis Treatment Center. Thank you for everything you do!
We'd like to give special thanks to Caring Families of CCTC for holding a Coat Drive with items donated by students from the Benchmark School and our friends at Team First Book of Philadelphia,who provided new books for the children at CCTC!
"Reading isn’t just filling your head—it’s nourishing it.”
#PhillyLovesBooks📚 CC: Reader's Digest
rd.com Reading isn’t just filling your head—it’s nourishing it.
The newest, best and brightest, according to Publishers Weekly. 📚
#PhillyLovesBooks #ChildLiteracy #ReadMore
publishersweekly.com Among the books hitting shelves next week are a picture book biography of a ballerina, a middle grade adventure about a family who live on a school bus, and a YA compilation of short stories that address blackness.
Reading is critical for a child's intellectual and emotional development. We're loving this story from Brightly.
What are your reading goals for 2019? 📚
Brightly shares some great reading challenges for kids of all ages: https://www.readbrightly.com/topics/reading-challenge/
Ready, set, read!
#PhillyLovesBooks #ChildLiteracy #ReadMore
Wishing everyone a happy holiday!
The holidays are a time of giving, and we believe every child should have books at home to read, cherish, and learn from. 📚
Your donations make that dream a possibility for the children we serve.
Show your support: https://support.firstbook.org/give/127319/#!/donation/checkout
#PhillyLovesBooks #Giving #ChildLiteracy
support.firstbook.org Every child deserves to know the joy of reading and the promise books bring for success. Yet millions grow up without books in their lives. Team First Book Philadelphia provides the books and educational essentials children need from birth through age 18 so they can learn and grow.
First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy: access to books. In 2014 alone, Team First Book Philadelphia provided more than 49,000 books to children in low-income pre-schools, charter schools, after-school programs, and community initiatives. The children come from traditionally underserved areas, where research shows that nearly two thirds of families own no books at all. They are enrolled in a variety of early learning, after-school and family care programs administered by neighborhood associations, schools, churches, and hospitals. Team First Book Philadelphia is comprised of volunteers across the business, media, nonprofit, and education communities. Our Executive Council members and volunteers have grown up, gone to school, raised children, and grown roots in the Philadelphia area, thus having a vested interest in the education and literacy development of ALL children. Literacy has been proven to break the cycle of violence and drive economic growth and personal empowerment. But, the U.S. is in the midst of an illiteracy crisis. While in middle income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to one, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is one book for every 300 children – and over 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving children from low-income families have no age-appropriate books. By providing children from low-income families with books they can take home and keep, First Book targets the only variable that correlates significantly with reading scores—the number of books in the home.
Art Classes for kids from 6 to 116 years old!
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Open to all trans and gender-questioning people ages 13 - 23. Thursday, 7 - 8:30 at The Attic Youth Center, 255 South 16th Street.
Picasso Project provides grants for innovative arts projects in Philadelphia public schools, & advocates for equitable access to arts education for all students. An initiative of PCCY (Public Citizens for Children + Youth).
The official FaceBook page of unionized educators who work in ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania schools.
An imaginative playspace, an innovative classroom, a cozy café, a no-hassle birthday party, NEST Chestnut Hill might be the happiest place on earth!
OUR MISSION: Through the engagement with and performance of Shakespeare’s text using a unique artistic methodology, we create matchless and transformative experiences that empower audiences of all ages to expand and challenge their worldview.
You are invited to Illuminate Philadelphia's Light Now! When: Thursday Oct. 13, 2016 Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM Where: The HUB at the Cira Center
Founded in 1820, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf educates deaf and hard-of-hearing students ages 2 to 21 from preschool through high school.
Natural Creativity Center is a place where young people, ages 4-17, learn together, along with caring adults, to pursue their interests in creative ways.
Scribe provides training in all aspects of film, video and audio production.
Bringing youth together with easy sewing projects and fun fashion design camps and classes.