Author Archives: Marissa Wasseluk

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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
Focus on First Book, Impact Stories

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
Our Bookshelf

Out-of-This-World Books!

The Apollo XI moon landing celebrated its 45th anniversary this past Sunday. First Book is celebrating this momentous event with some of our favorite space-inspired books:  1. Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream What does it take to be an astronaut?… Read More
Impact Stories

The Joy of Giving Back

They each shared their reasons for being there – cherished memories of reading with a parent, the desire to instill a love of reading in their own kids, wanting to honor a father’s passion for education. It was the first task Joy Brooke, co-chair of First Book’s Seattle volunteer chapter,… Read More
Impact Stories

Success Stories: 45,000 More Books in Alabama

Cathy Gafford, like so many program directors, was on a tight budget. In 2011, the director at Jean Dean RIF (Reading is Fundamental) found herself needing 14,000 books for her program at a price she had not been able to find. Cathy came to First… Read More