Author Archives: Marissa Wasseluk

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Director of Content, Digital Communications
For Educators

Promoting Respect & Empathy: A Toolkit for Educators, by Educators

Teaching kids empathy and respect prepares them to create a more caring and compassionate world. In the absence of empathy, differences have the potential to breed conflict – especially during a child’s early years, when they are naturally inclined to think only of themselves and their immediate needs. Members of… Read More
Our Bookshelf, Our Partners

Shout Mouse Press: There’s a Story Behind Every Book

Today’s blog is a guest post written by Lana Wong, Community Impact & Partnerships Director at Shout Mouse Press If children don’t read about people who look like them … they feel invisible. I feel this is an opportunity for them to see that they’re visible and their voice… Read More
Author Voices

Q and A with Gaia Cornwall, author of ‘Jabari Jumps’

Gaia Cornwall is an illustrator and children’s book author, best known for her book “Jabari Jumps.” We asked her about her creative process, what it’s like to read her book with children, and her tips on being brave. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. First Book: How… Read More
For Educators

First Book’s Spring Shopping Cart Challenge!

First Book community educators: you could win a First Book Marketplace credit! When qualifying educators shop the First Book Marketplace for their teaching essentials, they can reach more kids by stretching every dollar of their budget. The marketplace offers books, school supplies, basic needs items, computers and tablets, sports… Read More
Our Partners

Provide Books to Kids with Your Picture!

This week we launched our annual Magic of Storytelling campaign with our partners Disney! Once again, we need your help to unlock a 1 million book donation to the educators and kids we serve. Join our mission to provide books to kids and me by posting… Read More
For Educators

How to Diversify Your Bookshelf This New Year

As the world becomes smaller and increasingly diverse in its cultures and experiences, it is crucial that all children have access to books that serve as both windows and mirrors. Kids who see their own experiences reflected in books gain self-confidence. And when they read about experiences that differ from… Read More
Focus on First Book

First Book’s Favorite Moments of 2018

2018 was quite a year for us here at First Book! It’s our mission to remove barriers to quality education for all kids. With support from individuals like you, we’ve made a measurable impact on the lives of children in need and their educators across the… Read More
Focus on First Book

Reading with the Oakland Raiders

Last week we joined the Oakland Raiders’ defensive line and Fam1st Family Foundation in hosting a reading party at West Oakland Community Center in Oakland, California. Clinton McDonald, Kyle Weber, Emmanuel Lamur, Frostee Rucker, Ryan Yurachek, and Johnny Townsend‏ joined community kids for a story time and book giveaway. Literacy champion and… Read More