Schools – the Alberta Reads Network

During the 2019-20 school year we are pausing to evaluate our in-school programs

Creating a culture of reading is a collaborative effort, involving schools, educators, families, researchers, volunteers and community partners. The Alberta Reads Network brings all those groups together for a common purpose: to ignite children’s passion for reading.

Through this collaborative partnership, we work directly with school districts and with individual schools across the province.

Our network of Alberta schools is bringing the joy of reading to young students across the province. Schools are hosting events to celebrate literacy and promote reading inside and outside the classroom. Our resources, events and supports are making a difference to hundreds of Alberta children every day.

While we evaluate our work with schools, we are offering a menu of fee for service opportunities to schools. Email our literacy coach for a copy of the menu –

Learn more

If you are a school district or a school leader interested in learning more about the Alberta Reads Network, please contact our Alberta Reads Literacy Coach to discuss opportunities for your school.

What educators say about Alberta Reads

“This initiative fits beautifully with our professional learning focus of working and learning together to support all students in reading at or above grade level. Being a Reading Place school has kept the goal of confidence and joy at the forefront of our work.”

Susan Long
Rocky View Schools

“We have several students who did not enjoy reading and would resist reading with parents or teachers. Once our Calgary Reads volunteers started, these same students could not wait to go and read with their volunteers. They developed positive attitudes towards reading and their diagnostic reading test scores improved significantly by the end of the year.”

Calgary Catholic School Board

Our Alberta Reads Network Schools

Funding support

We try to offer financial assistance for schools that can’t afford the Alberta Read Network fee for service opportunities. To request a bursary, please contact our Literacy Coach to discuss funding opportunities.


The number of schools Calgary Reads works with as part of the Alberta Reads Network in eleven school districts across the province during 2018-19.


It’s a fact

In an average year, children spend approximately 950 hours in school and 7,800 hours outside school.