Building a community one reader at a time
Opened in 2016, our Little Red Reading House is about spreading the joy of reading throughout our community. It’s based on the simple idea that if you create a comfortable, fun space for children to read, they will. And when that happens, their imaginations are ignited and their confidence grows.
We’ve transformed a heritage house in Calgary’s Inglewood neighborhood into a welcoming hub of reading where families can come to experience the pleasure of curling up with a good book.
Children can read on their own or enjoy a story read aloud by a parent, caregiver, Reader in Residence or House Mother. They can also choose a free book to take home and keep.
our Little Red Reading House is open Thursday to Saturday by appointment only.
Too many Alberta children don’t have books to call their own and we think that’s unfair. So, every year we give away thousands of new and gently used books through our Calgary Reads Book Bank. This centralized book bank supplies books for our Little Red Reading Place and for many of our reading programs and events, and community partnerships such as the Calgary Food Bank.
It’s a fact
The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.
National Commission on Reading
“We trust that as parents and children read together in one of our chairs, they will be encouraged to find a place in their homes to learn, laugh and love while curled up with a great book.”
Reader in Residence, Children’s Reading Place
The total number of people that have visited our Little Red Reading House since July 2017.
Take a peek inside our Little Red Reading House
See what happens when you put children and books together in cozy spaces.
Watch our video.