Calgary Reads Book Bank

All Children have the right to be successful

Research shows, for most children to be a successful student, they need to be a good reader. For most children to be a successful adult, they need to be a good reader.

How do they become a good reader? By having access to books and having books they can call their own. Parents and caregivers need to read at least 20 minutes aloud, every day to their children starting from birth.

Statistics show 25% of Canadian children don’t even own a book! The more books in a child’s home, the better the chance they will grow up to be a confident and enthusiastic reader.

To help reduce this statistic, Calgary Reads gives away thousands and thousands of new and gently used books through the Calgary Reads Book Bank.

Thank you to all those who have generously donated books and thank you to all our wonderful volunteers helping to get these books into the homes of children in Calgary and the surrounding communities.



Books from the Calgary Reads Book Bank that we distributed to children through our programs and initiatives from January 2019 to June 2020

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“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


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