Author Archives: Marissa Wasseluk

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Director of Content, Digital Communications
Our Bookshelf

Book List: Celebrating Black History Month with Stories

Stories are what ground us. Stories help us move forward. They help us remember our past and instill in us a hope for our future. With Black History Month around the corner, we here at First Book are highlighting the stories that laud black heroes and honor the legacy… Read More
For Educators

5 Brilliant Holiday Book Giveaway Ideas from Educators

Looking for holiday book giveaway ideas? First Book recently invited our members to tell us what special activities they’re planning for the kids they serve around the holidays or for the end of 2017. We were blown away by the creativity, generosity, and passion in their responses. Here’s a few… Read More
Focus on First Book

First Book Response to Charlottesville

The following is a statement by Kyle Zimmer, President, CEO and Co-founder, First Book: Our nation is reeling from the unrest in Charlottesville and the hateful rhetoric that is reverberating across the country. These groups and their acts of bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, Islamophobia, transphobia, and homophobia are repulsive and counter… Read More
For Educators

Win a Summer Reading Set of "I Pledge Allegiance"!

We’re giving away four Summer Reading Sets of the picture book I Pledge Allegiance just in time for Independence Day! UPDATE: Thank you to all who participated in our giveaway – and a special thanks to to author Pat Mora for her special donation. 4 winners have been chosen and… Read More
For Educators

How do Books Bring Color to Your World?

  How do books bring color to your world? For 50 years, the classic children’s book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? has shown us the beauty of the world we live in with stunning illustrations and poetry. We’re joining our publishing partners, Macmillan, in celebrating this book’s milestone anniversary with … Read More
Author Voices, Focus on First Book, For Educators

Día Means Diversity in Action in 2017

Children’s Day, Book Day/El Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros (known as Día) is the annual celebration of bookjoy created by children’s book author Pat Mora. The nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children, from all backgrounds and creatively links them to the gift… Read More
For Educators

Tools of the Mind: Teaching Children Self-Regulation through Play

Today’s guest blog post is by Dr. Deborah Leong, Executive Director of Tools of the Mind, and coauthor with Dr. Elena Bodrova of “Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education”, and Barbara Wilder-Smith, Director of Content Development at Tools of the Mind. Tools of the Mind… Read More
Our Bookshelf

Our Five Favorite New Books of 2016

As the year comes to a close, we here at First Book like to reflect on the things we did, the people we met, and (most of all) the books we read. Here are a few of our favorite children’s books that were published in 2016!   Pre-K –K (Ages… Read More
For Educators

5 Digital Education Tools for Educators Serving Kids in Need

Many members of our community of educators have told us that digital learning is crucial in their programs and classrooms. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with companies and organizations focused on creating and curating quality digital content to bring interactive reading, math games, critical thinking, writing practice and more… Read More
Impact Stories

How Books Inspire Action: The Citizen Power Project

All too often, young people feel they don’t have the power to fix problems in their communities. How can books inspire students to take action and become engaged citizens? Earlier this year, First Book, along with our partners the American Federation of Teachers and the Albert Shanker Institute, presented educators nationwide… Read More