“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 become confident, joyful readers. Working closely with parents, teachers, and communities, we inspire children’s love of reading with our Children’s Reading Place, free books, resources, and school programs.
1 in 4
start school already behind their peers in literacy and language skills
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.
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 children through the Children’s Reading Place, Calgary Food Bank and other family-serving agencies during 2019-2020.
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