Summer slide occurs when children from low-income households with no access to books over the summer suffer a major loss in their reading skills. In the fall, these children’s reading scores are some 30 percent lower than those of children … Continue reading →
The Friends of Foster Children of Southwest Florida (FFC), at the request of the Honorable Elizabeth Krier, and under the leadership of Vanessa Estrada, FFC Office and Program Administrator, has successfully helped to complete and co-sponsor the renovation and furnishing … Continue reading →
The First Book-Collier County program, a local nonprofit encouraging literacy among our disadvantaged young children, will once again celebrate the March 2 birthday of Theodore Geisel, known to millions worldwide as Dr. Seuss, with a “Stay at Home and Read” … Continue reading →
Writer’s domain: Authors sign their books in lairs that model their writing Staff Reports Monday, January 6, 2014 – Naples Daily News Avid readers everywhere are interested in the creative world of their favorite authors. What inspires them? Where do … Continue reading →
Lois Bolin, First Book-Collier County board member, discusses “true north”–the key to success and fulfillment–and how it relates to First Book-Collier County in the January 2014 edition of Life in Naples. Click here to read the full article.
Two early education experts offer recommendations for books to give the children on your list this holiday season. Inside Pelican Bay – November 2013 by Mary Polizzotto, Ph.D., and Deborah Shaver, M.Ed. Community contributors Holidays are a wonderful time to … Continue reading →
First Book-Collier County was recently featured on the Collier County School District website as a Featured Partner for the thousands of books distributed to children living in poverty who attend Collier County Schools. Click here to read the full story.
Joanne Wyss co-founded First Book-Collier County in 2005 and has served as its chair ever since. She saw the need when she and her husband, Karl, were tutoring pre-K children at Manatee Elementary School. They quickly discovered that most of the children … Continue reading →
First Book-Collier County is proud to announce that Debby Shaver, book distribution co-chair, was named a 2013 Distinguished Volunteer by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Everglades Chapter. Ms. Shaver was recognized during the National Philanthropy Day Celebration at 5:30 p.m., … Continue reading →
Kid Lit Diversity! First Book has made significant strides this summer toward its new goal of dramatically expanding the market for diversity in children’s literature, its president and CEO Kyle Zimmer tells School Library Journal. Through its unprecedented launch this spring of “The … Continue reading →