Author Archives: Calyssa Erb

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Author Voices

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
Impact Stories

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
Focus on First Book Canada, Inside First Book Canada

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
Focus on First Book Canada, For Educators

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
Author Voices

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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Focus on First Book Canada, Inside First Book Canada

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
Author Voices

Going Beyond The Page: A Conversation with Brian McLachlan

Brian McLachlan is a cartoonist who writes the “Alex and Charlie” strip for Owl Magazine. He’s also done cartoons for Nickelodeon, Dragon, and The New Yorker Magazine. His book Draw Out The Story: 10 Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics, received an ILA Nonfiction Award, a JLG Gold Medal, and… Read More
Impact Stories, Our Partners

A Letter from a First Book Canada Volunteer

Today’s guest post is from Sharon Crowley of Literacy Matters Abbotsford in Abbotsford, B.C. The first time I volunteered for First Book Canada I was SHOCKED at the sheer volume of books that were being donated to local organizations. I was unaware of how the process would work and… Read More