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ePals and First Book Partner to Strengthen Student Literacy Skills in Economically Disadvantaged Communities

Posted May 11, 2009
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ePals, Inc., and First Book, a non-profit organization that provides books to children in need, have partnered to offer access to high-quality, low-cost books to Title I schools participating in the In2Books e-mentoring program from ePals.

In2Books aids educators, reading coaches, and specialists in creating independent learners with strong literacy skills through the use of online collaborative technology. Students participating in In2Books select and read age-appropriate, high-quality books from a list compiled by a team of children's literature experts. The students are matched with carefully screened adult pen pals who read the same books as the students. After reading each book, students and their pen pals exchange thoughts about the important issues in the book via online letters. Teachers reinforce these activities in the classroom with related lessons and discussion.


First Book works to provide children nationwide with access to high-quality books and educational materials. And through In2Books, ePals provides authentic learning opportunities for students to build their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills through exchanging online letters with e-mentors. Together, these organizations can provide more teachers and students with the resources to participate in the program by lowering the cost of the books recommended for In2Books, according to the announcement.


For more information about In2Books, visit For information about ePals, visit


For information about First Book, visit

Source: ePals, Inc.,

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