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October 24, 2014

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First Book Pledges to Buy Diverse Books | BEA 2014

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On May 13, First Book, a nonprofit committed to providing books to children in need, called for U.S. publishers to publish diverse picture books and then pledged to buy 10,000 copies of each title selected by First Book. The nonprofit will also fund affordable paperback editions of diverse titles that are only publicly available in expensive hardcover formats.

Findaway World’s Bookopotamus; Smithsonian Conference; Kohl’s Scholarship | News Bites

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Findaway World launches audiobook trivia app. Library of Congress offers primary source programs. Smithsonian’s diplomacy conference includes digital badge. Mackin initiative aids library fundraising. San Jose State examines the immigrant experience. Kohl’s offers scholarships to student volunteers. Technology and kids conference to be held in Massachusetts.

First Book Pledges $9 Million by 2016 to Expand Distribution Internationally

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First Book today pledged $9 million over three years to expand its distribution model globally, with the aim of bringing high quality books and resources—including ebooks and digital content—to 10 million children living in poverty worldwide by 2016. First Book made the pledge at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)’s annual meeting in New York City, hosted by former President Bill Clinton.

First Book’s “Stories for All Project” Lobbies for Kid Lit Diversity

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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 Stories for All Project” and the project’s successful, gradual implementation over the past few months, First Book is now poised to lobby publishers and influence the kid lit industry like never before, Zimmer says.

Fusenews: More rubbish, please!

Fusenews: More rubbish, please!

You know what’s hot these days, topic-wise?  Diversity!  Or maybe just the lack thereof.  Seems its all anyone can talk about this week.  First the First Book blog reported that “at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, hosted by President Bill Clinton, [they] announced First Book’s commitment to create a sustainable solution [...]

Fusenews: C is for Calligraphy. That’s Good Enough for Me.

Allo!  BEA is now in full swing and always assuming I wasn’t crushed to death by today’s Family Feud game (it’s librarians vs. authors and I’m on Family Librarian) I’ll hopefully be seeing at least some of you on the conference floor in the next day or so.  In the meantime, take a look at [...]

Disaster Relief Programs and Publishers Offer Many Ways to Help Schools and Libraries Afflicted by Sandy

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Those wishing to help school libraries and children’s collections that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy now have an array of giving options, thanks to several disaster relief programs, children’s book publishers, and charities.

News Bites: Help Hurricane Sandy’s Victims

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You can help provide books to schools and libraries devastated by Hurricane Sandy by making a donation to the organization First Book.