Author Archives: Marissa Wasseluk

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Director of Content, Digital Communications
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How First Book & The White House are Transforming Education Today

At the heart of First Book’s mission to help children in need read, learn and succeed is the distribution of educational content. Breaking down the barriers to accessing books and other information can lift the kids we serve and their communities out of poverty and into bright futures. When… Read More
Author Voices

Kwame Alexander Q&A: Poetry Provides Possibilities

Author Kwame Alexander Photo Credit: Pilar Vergara We recently had the opportunity to talk with author Kwame Alexander about how poetry can draw a reluctant reader into a lifelong love of books and the creative process behind his book, “The Crossover,” awarded the 2015 Newbery Medal for Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for… Read More
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Feeling at Home this Holiday

Today’s guest blogger is Linette Claudio, Bilingual Coordinator at McAuliffe Elementary School in Chicago, IL. Linette Claudio in her classroom in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Remember a book character from your childhood that helped you through a time of growth and change? One that inspired you, helped you… Read More
Impact Stories

Meet the Reading Dogs

Today’s guest blogger is Robyn Douglas from Down East Dog Scouts Troop 159 in Hancock County, ME. Cirra with some of her favorite books I want to tell you about Cirra. In her six years as a reading buddy, Cirra has given hundreds of books to kids. She’s helped dozens… Read More
Impact Stories

A Library Makeover in Lyman, Wyoming

Children in Lyman, Wyoming have a 4-day school week. Shortening the weekly schedule means the school district pays for one less day of electricity, climate control, transportation and staff. But with most parents working 5 days a week, kids from this rural community need a place to go. “We see… Read More
Impact Stories

Read to Me – Creating Literacy Mentors

Today’s guest blogger, Barbara Greenway, is the Founder and Director of The Read to Me Project. Students in the Read to Me Project & founder Barbara Greenway. When I ask the kids in my program how many of them struggle in school, half of their hands raise in the air. Read More
Impact Stories

A Birthday Surprise: 420 Books for Kids

Wendy Moore’s best friends couldn’t wait to give her a special surprise for her 50th birthday. To honor her great love for books, they set up a virtual book drive with First Book and collectively raised over $1200 to purchase brand-new books for kids in Wendy’s hometown… Read More
For Educators

Celebrating International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day is September 8. First Book and our friends at the International Reading Association are challenging students and teachers to spend 60 seconds each day for the next 60 days to doing small activities that enhance literacy skills. Celebrate your love for reading on International Literacy Day with… Read More
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Share Your First Day with First Book!

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The first day of school is a memorable time for kids, teachers, and parents alike! We’ve started posting our back to school memories on Instagram, and… Read More