Inspiring a generation of readers

We create communities where reading matters.


Our Mission:
Creating positive change in literacy outcomes for children
by mobilizing business, education and community
to care and act together with ingenuity.

Our Vision: A thriving community where all children can read with confidence and joy.

What We Do: Calgary Reads acts as a bridge between home and school, working to create communities where reading matters. We engage corporate partners, champions, networks and systems (including education and health care) in this process. Find free literacy-building and reading resources including games and books, and learn about our many programs and initiatives. Find out more by reading about our strategic direction, and explore our innovative Theory of Change document.

Why We Do It: Reading is for everyone. With roots going back to 1998, Calgary Reads was initially conceived and launched as an early-literacy initiative. Today, Calgary Reads is a vibrant multifaceted reading movement. Literacy is linked to a range of personal, social and financial benefits, from positive self-esteem to ongoing employment, good health, community engagement, reduced crime rates and even a stronger national economy. Calgary Reads is becoming part of the provincial literacy landscape, bridging the great divide between home and school.

Calgary Reads is committed to working with parents, educators, corporate partners and the community at large to foster a joyful relationship with reading in all children in Calgary and beyond.