Read with Me

An early start means a brighter future

A child’s first years of life are a key phase of cognitive development. That’s why we believe it’s never too early to build bonds between children and books. Our Read with Me program is designed to expose children reading at key points during their first five years.

Working with Alberta Health Services and our other community partners, we give low-income families free books and information about the benefits of reading aloud to their children. Parents and caregivers receive picture books by award-winning author and illustrator Barbara Reid during clinic or home visits at different phases of their child’s development from prenatal to infancy and early childhood.

Reading aloud to infants and toddlers lays the foundation for literacy and language acquisition as they grow. It also promotes brain development and strengthens relationships between children and their parents or caregivers.


Free books we distributed to families through our Read with Me partners in 2016-17.

“Members of the Calgary Reads team are so focused and committed on getting the next child hooked on reading. They are relentless in their approach and try it from every single angle. They find as many ways as they can to put books into the hands of children and have someone read with them.”

Phyllis Sawchuk