Author Archives: Marissa Wasseluk

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Director of Content, Digital Communications

The Gift of Reading

Every year during the holidays, First Book donors give gifts in honor of, or in memory of, a special reader in their life. We are lucky enough to be a part of that special holiday gift. To spread the holiday joy, we are sharing a few of the holiday messages… Read More
First Book Community Highlight, Impact Stories

Read with Your Head & Your Heart

This blog is a guest post by First Book community educator, April Insley. I believe you read with your head and with your heart. As a library media specialist, I know there’s a book for every one of my students that will help them fall in love with reading. It… Read More
Focus on First Book, Our Partners

How to Give Back to First Book While You Holiday Shop

As the holiday season approaches, we want to thank several of our partners who are making it easy for you to give back to First Book. Their partnership helps us provide books and educational essentials to kids in need, and helps you donate to First Book. Keep us in mind… Read More

All I Ever Wanted… Stories of Children of the Incarcerated

"All I Ever Wanted…" is a very special book, written by nine young people with parents in prison and one older woman looking back, with the goal of helping others to know how it feels to go through the rites of passage of childhood and adolescence without a father or mother, and how it feels to suddenly find out the truth. Read More
For Educators

Welcome All Kids with Respect & Empathy

Developing respect and empathy skills requires time, practice, repetition, interaction, and patience with others. In our toolkit, Promoting Respect & Empathy: A Toolkit for Educators of All Grades, we’ve collected activities, tips, book recommendations, and more from First Book educators across the country, who, like you, support kids in… Read More