In 1992, Kyle Zimmer, then a corporate attorney, was volunteering at a soup kitchen in Washington DC when she realized that the kids she was working with had no books to call their own. Kyle founded FirstBook to remedy the problem. First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that ensures that local schools and community programs across the country serving children from low-income families have a steady supply of the brand-new, high-quality books they so desperately needed. First Book distributes millions of new books and educational resources every year. Kyle is a passionate advocate for social entrepreneurship, educational equity, and the importance of literacy. In 2013 Kyle was a presenter at the University of Oxford’s “Power Shift: Forum for Women in the World Economy.” Kyle also received the 2014 Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation.
Did you know that more than 30 million children in the United States live in low-income households and that many of them have no age-appropriate books at home? An organization called First Book is working to change that by providing children in need with brand new, high-quality books. This week on BetterWorldians Radio, we’re talking with Kyle Zimmer, CEO and President of First Book and Carey Palmquist, a Senior Adviser at First Book. Zimmer and Palmquist will discuss how getting books into the hands of children who need them changes lives.