Author Archives: Calyssa Erb

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Impact Stories

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
Focus on First Book Canada, Inside First Book Canada

Behind the Scenes at First Book Canada: Heather

Heather Farquharson is the Deputy Executive Director at First Book Canada.  She joined First Book Canada in November 2017. She is the connector, overseeing First Book Canada operations and managing all elements from fundraising to member communications. What’s your day to day look like?  I’m responsible for the integrated operations of First… Read More
Impact Stories

Books for a Better Life 

“I am grateful that our relationship with First Book Canada is only growing and I know my school community appreciates more opportunities to read and build their literacy skills… [and] that there is another organization that cares about them.” – Elizabeth Baltazar Elizabeth Baltazar is a teacher at Lord Dufferin. Read More
Author Voices

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
Impact Stories

A growing love for literacy

“First Book Canada gives us the opportunity to make a measurable impact in the community that’s immediate.” – Graham Hughes, Literacy Alberni Graham Hughes is the Executive Director at Literacy Alberni, a non-profit literacy provider that is working to address the low literacy levels of people in Port Alberni and surrounding communities. Read More
Focus on First Book Canada

Books for bilingualism

“Thank you tremendously for the books! The buzz in the air around in our schools from students and teachers is unreal; I will never forget the faces of the teachers when I arrived with boxes of books for their students.” – Jayme McClintock, 2017 Jayme McClintock is a Community Learning… Read More
Focus on First Book Canada

Sparking a Love for Reading: A Conversation with Helaine Becker

Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than 80 books for children and young adults, including the “enduring Canadian Christmas classic” A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and the international bestseller Counting on Katherine. She’s a multi-time winner of the Silver Birch Award and a two-time winner of the… Read More
Focus on First Book Canada

Meeting a new “Buddy”: A Conversation with Maureen Fergus

Maureen Fergus is an award-winning children’s author. She has been an Author Champion since 2016, bringing the joy of her children’s books to multiple Reading Celebrations. Earlier this year, she brought the beloved Buddy and Earl series to students at a high-needs elementary school in Winnipeg. Maureen took a few… Read More