• The majority of low-income families do not have a single book for their children.
  • Reading is core to a child’s ability to succeed in school.
  • Price is the #1 barrier to book ownership.


kd-noveltiesFirst Book's Springboard to STEM program is designed to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and provide training and classroom materials for teachers.   Through Springboard to STEM, First Book works with its partners to distribute high-quality books and materials to programs and schools serving children in need in an effort to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future.

For decades, access to quality STEM-related resources in low-income communities has been severely limited; compared to students around the world, American children now rank 22nd in science and 31st in math 1. If these trends continue, American students will be left behind, unable to compete in the growing global market for science and technical jobs.

President Barack Obama, through his Educate to Innovate campaign, is committed to reversing these statistics through investment in STEM education.  First Book has pledged to do its part and ensure that students and educators have access to critical STEM resources.

First Book’s relationship with its publishing partners allows the First Book Marketplace to offer significantly discounted STEM titles, at an average of 70% off the retail price, to eligible programs.  This exclusive relationship gives corporate partners the opportunity to provide youth in underserved communities with quality STEM books that extend the learning beyond the classroom.

Click here to become a First Book STEM partner.