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Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy - access to books.

An innovative leader in social enterprise, First Book has distributed more than 90 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis.

We are proud of our past success and even more excited about the future. First Book is uniquely positioned to become a leader in providing digital resources so that children in need don’t miss out.

No matter how formats and technologies change, children from low-income families will still need access to rich and varied content. First Book is helping guide the publishing industry as it evolves so that all children can benefit from new technologies and flourish as readers.


First Book-Greater New Orleans, distributing new books in New Orleans since 2001, is working to end the literacy crisis in New Orleans through increasing children’s access to books. First Book’s network of local volunteer groups in over 270 communities nationwide harnesses the power of a massive grassroots network. We raise funds locally and select programs in Orleans and surrounding parishes as First Book grantees. Grantees use the funds provided by First Book-Greater New Orleans to select books from the First Book Marketplace at significant discounts.

New books chosen by program leaders working directly with children are incorporated into program lessons, and then given to the children to take home and keep. First Book-Greater New Orleans distributes books to daycare centers, preschools, after-school programs, teachers’ classrooms, tutoring programs, etc., to reach disadvantaged children in Orleans and surrounding parishes and provide them with free books and educational materials.

Locally, we have provided book grants to provide over 85,000 brand new books to build the home libraries of over 10,500 children from low-income families in the Greater New Orleans region.



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