“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
Avoid The Summer Slide
Summer Slide is used to describe the slide backwards that many children experience over the summer. Because they don’t have the same frequency and commitment to reading that they do in school, they can start to regress (sometimes up to 3 months in terms of reading development). This means they could go back to school in September further behind than their assessed level in June.
However, one of the easiest way to combat summer slide is by encouraging your child to devote time every day to reading. And that’s where our Brain Camp Kit can help! It’s chocked full of great ideas to keep kids reading, writing, singing, talking and playing all summer long.
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.