The cost of this commitment over the next two years will be $3 million. Disney, who has already donated more than eight million books to First Book, is a lead supporter of these efforts. The company's investment expands upon its commitment to storytelling and will help First Book reach diverse communities, specifically Hispanic kids and families.
Today's announcement builds on groundbreaking work First Book has underway. In March 2013, First Book purchased $1 million worth of culturally-diverse content from two publishers: Harper Collins and Lee & Low Books. Those purchases, which Kirkus Reviews called a "colossal commitment," were unprecedented for a nonprofit, and served as the first major step in creating a new market for multicultural children's literature.
"All kids deserve books that are high-quality, affordable and culturally relevant," Zimmer said. "First Book has already solved two of those problems: quality content and affordability. Now, with The Stories for All Project, we're solving the third problem."
EDITOR'S NOTE: A graphic illustrating the lack of diversity in children's literature is available for editorial use at the following link: http://blog.firstbook.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/SFAP-stat-block.gif
About First Book
First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that puts quality books and resources into the hands of heroic educators serving children in low-income communities, providing the wealth of knowledge they need to read, learn and succeed. Through unprecedented breakthroughs, robust partnerships and an acclaimed business model, First Book is working to end knowledge poverty throughout communities in the U.S. and Canada.
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About CGI America The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made more than 200 commitments valued at $13.4 billion when fully funded and implemented. To learn more, visit cgiamerica.org.
CGI also convenes an Annual Meeting, which brings together global leaders to take action and create positive social change, CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.
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