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Behind the Scenes at First Book Canada: Tessa

Tessa Eisenberg is the National Engagement Coordinator at First Book Canada. The first thing you notice when walking up to her office is the giant poster of comments that detail how individuals receiving books from First Book Canada will use and distribute them to the kids they serve. Can you tell me… Read More
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2018 Member Survey Results

Each year, we reach out to all the educators and community leaders who are registered with First Book Canada to hear from them about the kids they serve, the challenges they face in their communities, the impact of the books and resources, and more. We’ve taken out some of the… Read More
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Sharing A Love For Books: A Conversation with Carey Sookochef

Carey Sookocheff is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series and What Happens Next, and the author/illustrator of Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems and Wet. Her illustrations have also appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two kids, and their dog Rosie. We are… Read More
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Building a Connected Community

Below is a letter from Graham Hughes, Executive Director of Literacy Alberni in Port Alberni, B.C. “I’ve lived in Port Alberni for most of my life and seen the changes cutbacks to education have had on classroom resources, opportunities for children, and now as a professional, the impacts these cutbacks have… Read More
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Behind the Scenes at First Book Canada: Rebeca

Rebeca Delgado is the Programs Coordinator at First Book Canada. Can you tell us a bit about what you do as Programs Coordinator? As Programs Coordinator, there are 3 major things that I oversee. 1: For the First Book Canada Marketplace, I oversee the book purchases – making sure we have a variety of… Read More
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Cutting the Education Budget at the Cost of Kids in Need

The Ontario Government has recently proposed increases to the class sizes for grades 4 and up. The largest increase will be seen at the high school level, with classes jumping up to on average 28 students, and in some instances as high as 40 students. A larger class size… Read More
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The Gift Of A New Book: A Conversation with Hilary Leung

Hilary Leung is a Toronto-based author and illustrator. When he isn’t creating picture books, he can be found at home playing with his two awesome kids. We’re so glad he took some time to tell us why he loves being an Author Champion. Why do you work with First Book… Read More
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Behind the Scenes at First Book Canada: Grace

Grace Mahas is the Communications and Events Intern managing the 2018 – 2019 Raptors 905 Reading Challenge and the 8th Annual RBC Capital Markets Pongapalooza. Do you want to start with introducing yourself? My name is Grace, I’m the Communications and Events Intern at First Book Canada. I do a… Read More