Transforming the Lives of Children
First Book in our region
Since 1995, WQPT has provided over 150,000 free books to children whose families cannot afford them through the support of the First Book Program, a national initiative. WQPT works with selected schools and literacy programs to distribute these books to children who are from low literate, low income, English as second language, rural or special needs families.
About First Book
First Book provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 90 million books and educational resources nationally (and in Canada) to programs and schools serving children from low-income families.
First Book puts books in the hands
Forty-two percent of children in the United States—more than 30 million—live in low-income households. Most of these children have no age-appropriate books at home, and the classrooms and programs they attend are woefully under-resourced. Approximately two-thirds of these schools and programs cannot afford to buy books at retail prices.
First Book has pioneered ground breaking channels to provide new books and educational resources at deeply reduced prices—and for free—to schools and programs serving children in need. Nationally, First Book provides teachers and program administrators with greater purchasing power and access to high-quality books that otherwise would not be available to them. Through First Book, educators can create enriched learning experiences for their students, and the children can enjoy an ongoing supply of wonderful new books.
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. 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.
Regional First Book Sponsors
Thank you to the following community members and companies who have