Wine-ing For Literacy October 21, 2021

Please join First Book Portland and Sunday School Wine for our tenth annual Wine-ing for Literacy event — an online auction and guided wine tasting to support literacy!

Register here.

WHEN: Thursday, October 21, 5:30pm – 6:45pm

WHERE: From the comfort of your home (via Zoom)

SUGGESTED DONATION: $15 (plus 50¢ service fee) per person to attend; your ticket admits you to our online event featuring speakers, and a guided wine tasting from the experts at Sunday School Wine.

OPTIONAL WINE PURCHASE: You can order one or more of the wines that will be featured by our guest sommeliers at Sunday School Wine. (Order all 3 and get 10% off—$89.) The wines are some of SSW’s favorites that best represent Oregon’s dynamic winemaking scene, highlighting small, thoughtfully-minded producers, and wines that are made with heart.

We are excited to announce that the three featured wines are:

  • Red Electric “Interurban” Pinot Noir ($32) – the spicy, cherry cola, aromatic, Pinot Noir perfection.
  • Syncline Gamay ($45) – from their estate vineyards in the Columbia Gorge. Mint, bay leaf and tart, fresh pie cherries.
  • Upper Five Acacia Sauvignon Blanc ($23) – a Sauv Blanc like you aren’t expecting. Stone fruit and almonds. Pair with fancy hard cheeses.

Deadline for wine orders: October 9. Local deliveries will be made on October 15/16. We will be in touch with specifics.

Order wine through Sunday School Wine’s website.

AUCTION INFO: Online auction opens October 14. Please note: You do not need to attend the event to participate in the auction. Check out our list of auction items here.

More details coming soon—stay tuned!


Platinum Sponsor: Malcolm’s Grandparents

Gold Sponsor: Logo for Mark Busch

Silver Sponsors: Front Porch Properties logo

First Book at Migration Brewing August 4, 2021

We’re excited to be back at Migration Brewing in 2021! Come by for great beer and excellent company, and best of all, to support children’s literacy.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 4, 5pm – 9pm

WHERE: Migration Brewing, Glisan, 2828 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232

MORE DETAILS: During the event, 10% of Migration’s proceeds will go to First Book. Chat with First Book members about what we do and . . . get ready for our 50-50 raffle! (You do not need to be present when the winning ticket is called to win.)

¿Por Que No?   April 14, 2021

Photo of a meal at Por Que No Taqueria

Our tastiest fundraiser returns!

What: A profit-share fundraiser at ¿Por Que No? Taqueria where all you have to do is pick up a meal. Takeout-only at Hawthorne, takeout or patio at Mississippi — see all the details on the restaurant homepage and ordering site.

Where: 3524 N Mississippi Ave (11am-9pm) and 4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd (4-9pm)

When: Wednesday, April 14

Read Across America   March 2, 2021

Calling all bookworms! Our first online event of 2021 is a fun-for-all-ages celebration of reading.

Join Team First Book Portland as we listen to our featured guests reading from their favorite books—for kids and grown ups alike.

When: Tuesday, March 2; 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Where: From the comfort of your home (via Zoom)

Suggested Donation: Free!


Ama Darkwa Holmes is a wife, mother, educator, and lifelong learner. She is a first-generation immigrant from Ghana, West Africa and at 6 years old she and her family moved to America to pursue educational opportunities and a better life. She loves writing books with important messages and lessons for children, and she diligently seeks opportunities to serve and inspire children everywhere. Learn more at

David Becker is Director of Strategic Partnerships of Vooks, a kid-safe, ad-free streaming library of read-aloud animated storybooks. Vooks is trusted by parents, loved by teachers, and enjoyed by millions of children around the world. Learn more at

Debby Dodds is the author of Amish Guys Don’t Call, and her work has been published in The Sun, xoJane, Portland Family Magazine, Stumptown Underground, and elsewhere. In Portland, she has performed with the comedy show Spilt Milk and done readings at Off the Page at The Empty Stage, The Other Side, and Grief Rites. Learn more at

Natalia Ruiz and Alla Arutcheva are authors of Mimi, Shero of Love. They are also founders of Girls Lead Summit (GLS), a peer-to-peer mentorship program for girls 8 to 14 years old. The vision of GLS is to help young women unveil their inner power, lead by example, and in turn help shape a new generation of female leaders.

Sam Smith is a freelance commercial writer and children’s book author. Her first picture book, Cate’s Magic Garden, celebrates the power of positivity. Sam has served on the SCBWI PA WEST Leadership Team, participates in two writing critique groups, and loves writing poetry for people of all ages. She also runs the Lincoln Elementary School annual Read-A-Thon fundraiser. Sam lives with her husband and their two sons in Pittsburgh.

Pferron Doss studies videos on the web, then considers himself a pro, despite crashing his remote control airplane in three minutes and his helicopter that met the same fate. Now he believes he can fly recreational drones. Luckily, this time, he realizes he should stick to storytelling.