First Ebook Engages Kids’s Authors and Illustrators With Enlargement of Advocacy Program

First Ebook’s Authors and Illustrators in Motion Program engages authors and illustrators to assist fill the all-too-often empty bookshelves of youngsters in want

WASHINGTON (November 20, 2017) – In the present day, First Ebook, the nonprofit social enterprise targeted on equal entry to high quality schooling for youths in want, expanded Authors and Illustrators in Motion, its program that seeks to harness the skills and fervour of youngsters’s guide creators as advocates for broader entry to books for youngsters in low-income communities. Launched in 2013, First Ebook’s Authors and Illustrators in Motion program, which incorporates contributors Mac Barnett, Deborah Freedman, Meg Medina, Brad Meltzer, Mary Pope Osborne, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Jason Reynolds, and Mo Willems, goals to lift consciousness of First Ebook’s mission and the function of schooling as a pathway out of poverty.

Lack of entry to sufficient books and sources is the only best contributor to academic inequity in america, and up to date analysis recognized huge ‘guide deserts’ concentrated in low-income communities throughout the U.S.—with one group having solely a single guide to be shared amongst as many as 830 kids.[1] With college funding nonetheless under pre-recession ranges in 23 states, and with afterschool and youth applications challenged for means to maintain kids engaged, the necessity for sources is taking over a extra acute sense of urgency.[2] The urgency is mirrored within the monumental development of the First Ebook Community, which has grown greater than 40 % since 2016 and now numbers greater than 350,000 educators who completely serve kids in want—or greater than 25 % of the estimated 1.three million school rooms in low-income, under-resourced communities within the U.S. alone.

“Authors and illustrators care deeply in regards to the kids and younger adults we write for, and nobody understands the distinction that books could make fairly like we do,” Pinkney mentioned. “The profound disparity in entry to books—and its impact on kids’s schooling and future alternatives—is an injustice that weighs on the guts of our career and touches us on a private stage. There may be not a one among us that may fathom a world the place a baby isn’t in a position to uncover the enjoyment of studying. That’s why First Ebook’s Authors and Illustrators in Motion program is so necessary—it is a chance for us to make a tangible, obligatory distinction within the lives of youngsters and their households.”

First Ebook has invited authors and illustrators to assist the group’s mission by activating the audiences they attain by social media, college and library visits, and different platforms. Individuals, as soon as registered with First Ebook as a member of Authors and Illustrators in Motion, will join faculties and group applications with First Ebook for ongoing entry to books, sources, and educator assist supplies. They may moreover join potential funders with alternatives to offer monetary assist for deeply under-resourced faculties and applications by First Ebook’s award-winning nonprofit ecommerce platforms, the First Ebook Market ( and and the First Ebook Nationwide Financial institution Ebook (

“Increasing Authors and Illustrators in Motion appears essential at this second in time, when there’s nonetheless such an acute hole in entry to books and academic sources that impacts our youngsters and their futures so deeply,” mentioned Kerri Poore, director of writer and writer relations at First Ebook. “First Ebook is privileged to work with so many authors and illustrators who’re invested in bringing books to children who might in any other case not have books in any respect. We’re so grateful for his or her dedication and their partnership.”

As a part of the Authors and Illustrators in Motion program, First Ebook and award-winning writer and illustrator Ashley Bryan and the Ashley Bryan Middle are at the moment distributing 15,000 particular version copies of Bryan’s “Stunning Blackbird” to kids in want in three states. In 2016, First Ebook labored with Simon & Schuster Kids’s Publishing to distribute 20,000 copies of award-winning writer Jason Reynolds’ books to school rooms and applications serving low-income college students nationwide. Mary Pope Osborne, award-winning writer of the “Magic Tree Home,” has labored side-by-side with First Ebook for years to distribute tens of millions of copies of her books to kids in want and the educators who serve them.

First Ebook, which has operations in each the U.S. and Canada, works with formal and casual educators serving kids in want, aged between Zero-18 years in a variety of settings – from faculties, school rooms, summer time college and parks and leisure applications, to well being clinics, homeless shelters, faith-based applications, libraries, museums, summer time meals websites and extra. By means of a sustainable enterprise mannequin, First Ebook removes the boundaries to studying for eligible school rooms and applications by offering all the pieces from books to backpacks, and know-how to toothpaste, all at free or deeply reasonably priced costs.

About First Ebook

First Ebook transforms the lives of youngsters in want. By means of a sustainable, market-driven mannequin, First Ebook is creating equal entry to high quality schooling — making all the pieces from brand-new, high-quality books and academic sources, to sports activities gear, winter coats, snacks, and extra – reasonably priced to its member community of greater than 350,000 educators who completely serve children in want. Since 1992, First Ebook has distributed greater than 170 million books and academic sources to applications and faculties serving kids from low-income households in additional than 30 nations. First Ebook at the moment reaches a mean of three million kids yearly and helps a couple of in 4 of the estimated 1.three million school rooms and applications serving kids in want. With an extra 1,000 educators becoming a member of every week, First Ebook is the most important and fastest-growing community of educators in america completely serving children in want.

Eligible educators, librarians, suppliers, and others serving kids in want can enroll at For extra data, please go to or observe the most recent information on Fb and Twitter.

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