“We want every child to have the gift of reading and are committed to expanding opportunities for children to read, learn and grow.”
Founder and Executive Director
What do we do?
We improve children’s lives by helping them learn to read. Working closely with parents, teachers, and communities, we foster children’s love of reading with free books, resources, and school programs.
1 in 4
start school already behind their peers in literacy and language skills
CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale 2018
It’s back, in all its jaw-dropping ginormity! People purge their books, we sell them and the funds raised are used year round to support literacy programs, and get free books into the hands of kids who have none. Helping us collect books is great for workplace or community-building.Join us
How can you help?
Give the gift of reading by helping a child become a confident reader. There are many ways to contribute: by volunteering your time, donating books or money, or simply reading in your own home or community.
Need help getting children to read?
Discover practical tips and ideas to encourage young readers at home, at school and in the community. We have all the resources you need to get started.
The number of books we distributed to low-income children through the Calgary Food Bank in 2016-17.
The number of days from birth to age six when children experience critical, rapid brain development.
“Literacy blooms wherever students have access to books they want to read, permission to choose their own and time to get lost in them.”
Nancie Atwell, Educator
Founder, Center for Teaching and Learning
Ready to make a difference?
Share your passion for reading with young children as a Calgary Reads volunteer. We’re gearing up for another busy year. We need your help and so do the thousands of Alberta children who experience the joy of reading through our programs, events and initiatives.