First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, the nonprofit First Book is creating equal access to quality education — making everything from brand new, high quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more – affordable to its member network of more than 375,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 175 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 5 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need. First Book and PBS are thrilled to partner on the distribution of book donations to communities across the US in the name of THE GREAT AMERICAN READ.
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. ALA’s mission is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. In partnership with PBS, ALA is developing a programming kit to accompany The Great American Read and will provide 50 public libraries nationwide with grants to support related programming efforts in their communities.
Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a national not-for-profit trade organization that works to help independently owned bookstores grow and succeed. ABA’s core members are key participants in their communities’ local economy and culture, and to assist them, ABA provides education, information, business products, and services; creates relevant programs; and engages in public policy and industry advocacy. ABA is excited to partner with THE GREAT AMERICAN READ in celebration of the book and the joy of reading, by working with members across the country to build awareness and participation in their communities.
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is the nation’s most comprehensive literacy organization, supporting more than 25,000 teachers across the pre-K through college spectrum. Through the expertise of its members, NCTE has served at the forefront of every major improvement in the teaching and learning of English and the language arts since 1911. In partnership with PBS, NCTE is connecting its members to THE GREAT AMERICAN READ community and outreach events to serve as experts and speakers.