First Book to Give 60K Diverse Children’s Books to Kids in Need

By Dianna Dilworth 

First BookFirst Book, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing educational resources to kids from low-income families, has plans to bring diverse reading children’s books to underserved kids.

The idea is that kids learn more when the read books with characters to whom they can relate. Therefore the nonprofit is making 60,000 children’s books featuring diverse voices and experiences available in trade paperback format. The program includes 895 curated titles including: Niño Wrestles the World written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales; Tiger in My Soup written by Kashmira Sheth and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler; and Boats for Papa written and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley.

The collection will also include the first-ever bilingual edition of the iconic children’s books Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. These books will be distributed to educators and programs serving kids in need.

Target, KPMG and JetBlue are sponsoring the program.