First Book is pleased to announce Arkansas, Massachusetts and Nebraska as the top three winning states in the “Magic of Storytelling” state vote. A total of 135,000 books will be awarded to classrooms and programs serving children in need in the states.
The “Magic of Storytelling” campaign, which began on January 4, 2016 and ended on March 31, 2016, invited the public to cast online votes for the state where they wished books to be awarded. More than 700,000 votes were cast, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The three most-voted states won books for children in need in their state: first place Arkansas will receive 100,000 books; second place Massachusetts will receive 25,000 books distributed; and third place Nebraska will receive 10,000 books. Additionally, numerous ABC-affiliate stations in cities across the country will donate 1,000 or more books to schools and organizations in their local communities.
Books will be distributed to programs and classrooms registered with First Book, which supports the largest and fastest-growing community of classrooms and programs serving children from low-income families. First Book provides books, school supplies and other essentials to support learning in low-income communities. Educators serving children in need may sign up with First Book at www.firstbook.org/join.
The 2016 “Magic of Storytelling” campaign was the fourth annual collaboration between First Book, Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney|ABC Television Group, significantly furthering Disney’s work to put new books into the hands of children in vulnerable communities across the country.
Watch a video on the “Magic of Storytelling” campaign here (narrated by Steven Spielberg).