Author Archives: Calyssa Erb

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A Holiday Collage Created by Our Members

In October, First Book Canada sent out a request to all members who had participated in a program this year to send in photos of receiving or distributing the books. We were overwhelmed by the response and received so many photos that it was difficult to fit them into the… Read More
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2018 in Review

As this year draws to an end, First Book Canada is taking a look back at some of our top ten moments of 2018! We’ve had the opportunity to provide books to kids from coast to coast to coast with the help of our dedicated members, partners, and volunteers. We’d like… Read More
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Behind the Scenes at First Book Canada: Tom

Tom Best is the Executive Director of First Book Canada. When Tom started, there were only about 125 registered members. He’s seen it grow from this concentrated number to a steadily growing network of over 9,000 members. Can you start with telling me a bit about your day to day?  The nice thing is that… Read More
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How are you making an impact?

Remember the first book that you felt was speaking directly to you? The first book that made you feel seen? Or the first book that helped you through a difficult experience? Maybe you got all that from one book or from multiple books, over the course of your childhood. Imagine… Read More
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First Book Canada and Xpand Laces provide books to Toronto public school

TORONTO, Ontario (November 8, 2018) – On Thursday, November 1, First Book Canada brought 6Dad and former city councilor Norm Kelly and Canadian children’s author Paul Covello to Lynngate Junior Public School to celebrate the power of reading and education. This event included a presentation of a generous donation from… Read More
First Book Canada Partners

A plan for each child’s education

This post is created in collaboration with the Government of Canada. November 18-24 is Education Savings Week! This is a great opportunity to talk about saving early for a child’s education after high school. Whether it’s an apprenticeship program, trade school, college or university, post-secondary education can… Read More
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Inspiring a Passion for Reading

On the morning of October 1, 2018, I participated in a very memorable cross-country exchange that took place between me and an audience assembled at the Brampton Public Library in Ontario.  From my home office in Vancouver, sitting at the same desk where I wrote every page of my three books, Below, Above, and Beyond, I had the very distinct privilege of being the first author to partake in First Book Canada’s inaugural digital reading celebration.  And what fun it proved to be! The event was the launch of… Read More
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Book Magic: A Conversation with Teresa Toten

Teresa has been a children’s author for over twenty years. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for her young adult novel The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, and she has been involved in literacy issues for almost as long as her writing… Read More