Why Our Work is Important
Explore our work, programs and reach and how we are helping to bridge the learning gap caused by COVID-19 closures.
Open Doors to Lifelong Learning
We have distributed over 10 million new, books to kids in need, from coast to coast to coast. Help us to keep the inspiration going!!
For Educators and Program Leaders
Supporting Educators who are supporting kids in need
In partnership with heroic educators and organizations, First Book Canada transforms lives by improving access to equal, quality education for children in need.
Hear From Educators and Community Leaders Working With First Book Canada
Toronto District School Board, Toronto, ON
"First Book Canada doesn’t just give books away they initiate the sparks that fuel for better readers." - Elizabeth Baltazar, Grade 5 Teacher
Durham District School Board, Durham, ON
“Your program has touched the lives of dozens of our students alone. We are very grateful!” - Lynn Gittens, Teacher-Librarian
Coast Mountains School District, Northern BC
"Keep doing what you are doing, I've shared information about this organization with everyone I know, some do not believe that you offer free books but I continue to spread the good word." - Joshua Boldt, Teacher / Literacy Coordinator
Building Blocks, Flagstaff County, AB
"We could NEVER afford the quality books we can get from First Book Canada if we had to buy in a bookstore." - Joanne McMahon, Building Blocks Coordinator
Literacy Alberni Society, Port Alberni, BC
"First Book Canada is by-far the most impactful, accessible, barrier-free service provider I’ve had the honor to work with and to have in our corner." - Graham Hughes, Executive Director
Mothers Matter Centre, Vancouver, BC
Over 4000 Newcomer, Refugee, and Indigenous families with preschool children have received over 20,000 high-quality children’s book thanks to our fortuitous collaboration with First Book Canada.” - Deborah Bell, President/CEO
Reading is Power
Almost 25% of Canadian households don't have a single book.
Public education and programs are deeply underfunded, and books are a luxury many families cannot afford. Without adequate resources, children cannot learn. The impact of this cycle is staggering.