Free Resources

Free Resources

Informed by experts and extensive research, these free resources from First Book's Accelerator™ save you time and offer actionable steps you can take today to support the kids and teens in your community.

Informed by experts and extensive research, these free resources from First Book's Accelerator™ save you time and offer actionable steps you can take today to support the kids and teens in your community.

Featured Free Resource

A Guide to Inspiring Young Changemakers

This guide will help you create an environment where your students believe they can be changemakers, see themselves as powerful, and identify ways they can make a difference in their classrooms, schools, and communities.

Featured Free Resource: A Guide to Inspiring Young Changemakers

This guide will help you create an environment where your students believe they can be changemakers, see themselves as powerful, and identify ways they can make a difference in their classrooms, schools, and communities.

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Toolkits & Guides to Support Your Work

Toolkits & Guides to Support Your Work

2022 - 2023 Diversity & Inclusion Calendar

Use this calendar to celebrate diversity and inclusion with your students during the 2022–2023 school year. Created in response to member feedback, this diversity-themed calendar highlights month-long observances, religious holidays, and dates of cultural, historical, and inclusive significance.

Use this calendar to celebrate diversity and inclusion with your students during the 2022–2023 school year. Created in response to member feedback, this diversity-themed calendar highlights month-long observances, religious holidays, and dates of cultural, historical, and inclusive significance.

Supporting Grieving Students

Together, the New York Life Foundation and First Book are working to empower and equip those working with bereaved children and families by providing necessary resources and meaningful stories.

Together, the New York Life Foundation and First Book are working to empower and equip those working with bereaved children and families by providing necessary resources and meaningful stories.

Taking Care: An Educator Guide to Healthy Habits for Student Emotional Wellness

Developed in response to First Book educators' concerns about the mental health challenges faced by students, this guide contains best practices and activities to optimize mental fitness and emotional resilience and decrease stress and anxiety.

Developed in response to First Book educators' concerns about the mental health challenges faced by students, this guide contains best practices and activities to optimize mental fitness and emotional resilience and decrease stress and anxiety.

Time for Change: Dream. Act. Change Our World.

Changemaking is the idea that, in collaboration with others, every person can apply creative solutions to address problems in their communities.

Changemaking is the idea that, in collaboration with others, every person can apply creative solutions to address problems in their communities.

Literacy Rich Classroom Library Checklist: An Assessment Tool for Equity

Developed in partnership with literacy researcher Susan Neuman, this resource highlights the various elements that make up a literacy rich classroom environment. Use this guide to assess your classroom library and advocate for the resources you need to create an equitable classroom environment.

Developed in partnership with literacy researcher Susan Neuman, this resource highlights the various elements that make up a literacy rich classroom environment. Use this guide to assess your classroom library and advocate for the resources you need to create an equitable classroom environment.

The Empowering Educators Toolbox

Want to talk about race but not sure where to start? Discover resources to help support your anti-bias, antiracist work and facilitate conversations with your students—from quick tips and best practices to help you get started to lesson plans and tools to help you dig deeper.

Want to talk about race but not sure where to start? Discover resources to help support your anti-bias, antiracist work and facilitate conversations with your students—from quick tips and best practices to help you get started to lesson plans and tools to help you dig deeper.

Unconscious Bias: An Educator’s Self-Assessment

Use this confidential self-assessment to discover where you may hold unconscious bias and learn strategies to reduce its impact. Explore your personal story and gain perspective with this powerful tool.

Use this confidential self-assessment to discover where you may hold unconscious bias and learn strategies to reduce its impact. Explore your personal story and gain perspective with this powerful tool.

Promoting Respect & Empathy: A Toolkit for Educators of All Grades

Want great ideas on how to promote respect and empathy among your students? First Book members from across the US share their lesson plans, tips, and recommendations in this first-of-its-kind toolkit!

Want great ideas on how to promote respect and empathy among your students? First Book members from across the US share their lesson plans, tips, and recommendations in this first-of-its-kind toolkit!

Trauma Toolkit

Learn how childhood trauma affects a student's ability to learn, best practices to support their development, the importance of educator self-care, and more in this expert-informed toolkit.

Learn how childhood trauma affects a student's ability to learn, best practices to support their development, the importance of educator self-care, and more in this expert-informed toolkit.

Human Impact

Learn about the many ways human behavior has changed the Earth, including its species and ecosystems. This resource includes an overview of the topic as well as activities that encourage students to consider the complexity of human activity and practice proposing and evaluating options for reducing harm.

Learn about the many ways human behavior has changed the Earth, including its species and ecosystems. This resource includes an overview of the topic as well as activities that encourage students to consider the complexity of human activity and practice proposing and evaluating options for reducing harm.

A Future Without Waste

This resource includes facts and statistics about waste and recycling in the U.S., additional student activities, helpful definitions, a take-home recycling guide for caregivers, and much more!

This resource includes facts and statistics about waste and recycling in the U.S., additional student activities, helpful definitions, a take-home recycling guide for caregivers, and much more!

Climate Change in the United States

Explore information about how changing weather patterns and increasing temperatures affect specific communities and industries throughout the country as well as activities for students and links to additional climate change lessons and resources.

Explore information about how changing weather patterns and increasing temperatures affect specific communities and industries throughout the country as well as activities for students and links to additional climate change lessons and resources.

#GiveLearningAShot Time Saver

This accessible resource, informed by questions and concerns from First Book educators, explains the history and science behind the COVID-19 vaccines and addresses common myths.

This accessible resource, informed by questions and concerns from First Book educators, explains the history and science behind the COVID-19 vaccines and addresses common myths.

First Book Funding Toolkit

Need funds? Use this toolkit to learn quick and creative ways to secure funding. Templates, check-lists, and even a calculator are included to help you get the funds you need to support your students.

Need funds? Use this toolkit to learn quick and creative ways to secure funding. Templates, check-lists, and even a calculator are included to help you get the funds you need to support your students.