Author Archives: Marissa Wasseluk

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Director of Content, Digital Communications
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
Focus on First Book, Our Partners

Mark Your Calendars: Give Hope, Love, & Books to Kids in Need

Mark your calendars! The Very Hungry Caterpillar turns 50 this year! Can you believe it? It’s been 50 years since a little green and red insect with an insatiable appetite began his transformative journey. Can you remember the first time you read this book or the first time you read it to a… Read More
Our Bookshelf

4 Kids’ Books that Inspire Civic Engagement and Voting

It’s up to us all to show kids that in a democracy, citizens can use their voices to make a difference in our communities. Here are a few stories to share with kids to inspire them to get involved with their communities and (when they’re old enough) to vote!… Read More
Author Voices

Q&A with Mary Louise Sanchez, author of “The Wind Called My Name”

Today we wish a happy “book birthday” to The Wind Called My Name – a middle-grade historical fiction novel about a young Latina girl & her family settling in Wyoming during The Great Depression. We here at First Book are particularly excited to see this title hit bookshelves today! Its author, Mary Louise… Read More