First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy access to books. An innovative leader in social enterprise, each year First Book distributes millions of free and low-cost books to disadvantaged children and the programs that serve them.

Who is First Book – Manhattan?

First Book – Manhattan was formed in early 2011 with one goal in mind: Granting books to organizations supporting childhood literacy in the New York City metropolitan area. To help us spread the word about literacy in our community, follow us on Twitter @FirstBookNYC, “Like” us Facebook, follow us on LinkedInand add us to your Circles on Google+. To learn more about how you can help support First Book – Manhattan, send us an e-mail at manhattan@firstbook.org.

”Thanks to First Book Manhattan’s generous contribution, a Room to Grow child will be provided with the material items that all babies need to grow, learn and thrive. Your donation…is such an important part of our work and we thank First Book for its support of our mission.” – Andrea Salwen Kopel, Executive Director, Room to Grow

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” —Dr. Seuss

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” —Jacqueline Kennedy

Book Grant Recipients

We’re accepting new Grant Applications.
 First Book-Manhattan is excited to provide book grants to many wonderful programs throughout the New York City metropolitan area. A typical book grant lasts for a six month period and offers each child in the program a steady diet of books (usually one book per month), all at no cost to the program. Because program administrators select the titles from the First Book Marketplace, our book grants enable programs — often for the first time — to select books to integrate into their curriculum.

Is your organization in need of books for the children you serve? First Book – Manhattan accepts grant applications throughout the year. To learn how to apply for a grant from First Book – Manhattan download the Grant Guidelines and Application form. For more information on how we can help support your organization, please visit our How to Receive Books page or e-mail us at manhattan@firstbook.org.

Local Sponsors and Donors

We Need Your Support! First Book – Manhattan needs your help providing new books to kids in need in our local community. Even a small donation can have a tremendous impact in elevating the quality of education for children in need. For every $2.50 donated, First Book-Manhattan is able to provide one brand new book to a child in need in our community. That means, with a $10 donation, you’ll provide four books to help establish a child’s first personal library. As First Book – Manhattan is 100% volunteer supported, every single penny donated goes directly to the local organizations who support our community’s needy children.

Show your support for literacy in our community by making a Donation today.

First Book Wants You!

We’re looking for passionate, entrepreneurial people who want to make a difference in their community. If you’re interested in learning how you can become a member of our Advisory Board e-mail us at manhattan@firstbook.org.

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