We are Calgary Reads

Every child deserves the chance to read with confidence and joy. We make it happen.

“We want every child to have the gift of reading and are committed to expanding opportunities for children to read, learn and grow.”

Steacy Collyer
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

Canadian children

start school already behind their peers in literacy and language skills


The Story of a Book: Our Report to Community

Research shows the more books a child has at home, the better the chance they will grow up to be a confident and enthusiastic reader. That’s why we work throughout the community to increase book access for children.

Find out more about how we’re getting more books into more homes.

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.

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