Author Archives: Marissa Wasseluk

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Focus on First Book

Create a Future of Possibilities for Less Than $0.50 cents

Books are critical, but scarce, for kids in need—and the consequences of that scarcity are significant. A lack of access to books is one of the greatest contributors to educational inequality in the United States,[1] and poor educational outcomes are tied to future poverty, unemployment, and illness.[2] Yet… Read More
Sofia Carson takes a selfie with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD for nonprofit First Book

What’s a “Shelfie”? The Most Unselfish of Selfies!

Last week we launched our annual Magic of Storytelling campaign with Disney. This year, we’re celebrating Disney’s 75 millionth book donation to First Book! Through March 31, 2020, everyone can get in on the fun of sharing the magic of storytelling with the educators & kids… Read More

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