Books for Kids

The gift of literacy and a book to call their own

It’s heartbreaking to know one in four households in Canada does not own a SINGLE book. Unfortunately, there is a growing number of Canadian children living in lower-income families where basic needs take priority over learning and books in the home. Learning can’t happen without the tools and resources needed to acquire the skill. 
In addition, due to budget reductions and changes, public education programs continue to be underfunded and/or cut.  
In response to this growing need in our community for books, we launched Books for Kids in 2021. We determine school recipients based on socioeconomic status, English language learners in the student population, and Indigenous populations. In partnership with sponsors, we provide books to students in vulnerable schools within Alberta, that is theirs to keep.  
This program wouldn’t be possible without sponsors such as the Calgary Flames Foundation, The Jules Foundation, North West Redwater Partnership Sturgeon Refinery, Kinsmen Club of Calgary, Rotary Club of Calgary East, Rotary Club of Calgary North, and Enterprise Holdings.  

The Facts

Almost 25% of Canadian households don’t have a single book. Low literacy levels place children at a disadvantage that perpetuates poverty.
More than one third of Canadian public-school students live in low-income households
Many schools in economically disadvantaged communities in Canada can only afford one new library book a year for every three children.
Poor educational outcomes are tied to future poverty, unemployment, illness and crime.
Almost 25% of Canadian households don’t have a single book. Low literacy levels place children at a disadvantage that perpetuates poverty.

We will be expanding this program and are looking for new partners who are passionate about literacy.
You can make all the difference to a child who needs a book to call their own.

Books for Kids Calgary sponsored by Calgary Flames
will be providing books to identified higher needs schools in Calgary.

Books for Kids Sturgeon County sponsored by North West Redwater Partnership will be providing books to all grade 3 students in the Sturgeon County area and Alexander First Nation.

Books for Kids is also generously supported by the Government of Alberta
Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Grant.

Thank you for bringing the joy of reading to Alberta children!

It costs $20 to get a book in the hands of student who needs a book in their home.

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