Schools Across Canada Win Copies of Greta Thunberg’s No One is too Small to Make a Difference

TORONTO, ON: First Book Canada is pleased to announce the results of its fall contest to provide winning classrooms across Canada with copies of climate activist and TIME Person of the Year Greta Thunberg’s NO ONE IS TOO SMALL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  

During the month of October, Penguin Random House Canada supported a national contest with First Book Canada, calling on classrooms in high-needs communities across Canada that are registered with First Book Canada to share what they are doing to help protect the environment.  

“For this contest, we were keen to learn how young students were thinking about the environment, and to share Greta’s amazing book with as many elementary school classes as possible,” said Tom Best, Executive Director, First Book Canada. “The many incredible submissions we received are a fantastic demonstration of how today’s youth care for the environment and the world in which they live. We loved seeing students’ involvement both in their schools as well as their communities.” 

In August 2018, a fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day. Her actions ended up sparking a global movement for action against the climate crisis, inspiring millions of pupils to go on strike for our planet and our environment, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. 

A winning class in each province and territory has received 40 copies of Greta’s book. Runner-up classrooms across the country were selected via a random draw to receive 25 copies of Greta’s book. The winners are: 

Grand Prize:

Dr. Donald Massey SchoolAlberta
A.D. Rundle Middle SchoolBritish Columbia
Lord Selkirk SchoolManitoba
Dorset CollegiateNewfoundland
Gagetown SchoolNew Brunswick
Clayton Park Junior HighNova Scotia
David Lewis Public SchoolOntario
Birchwood Intermediate SchoolPrince Edward Island
Ecole RaymondQuebec

Runner Up:

Dorothy Dagliesh SchoolAlberta
Ian Balzagette SchoolAlberta
Alberni ElementaryBritish Columbia
Maquinna Elementary SchoolBritish Columbia
Chilliwack Middle SchoolBritish Columbia
Vermilion Forks Elementary SchoolBritish Columbia
Ecole Brantford Elementary British Columbia
Lord Selkirk SchoolManitoba
St. Michael’s ElementaryNewfoundland
Townsview SchoolNew Brunswick
Port Elgin Regional SchoolNew Brunswick
Bridgeway AcademyNova Scotia
Sydney River ElementaryNova Scotia
Sir Wilfred Laurier Elementary SchoolOntario
Crescent Town Elementary SchoolOntario
St. Bruno Catholic SchoolOntario
Edenrose Public SchoolOntario
Saint Augustine Catholic Elementary SchoolOntario
West Humber Junior Middle SchoolOntario
Glynn A Green Public SchoolOntario
Humberwood Downs Junior Middle AcademyOntario
Jersey Public SchoolOntario
St. Columba Catholic SchoolOntario
Summit Heights Public SchoolOntario
St. Dorothy Catholic SchoolOntario
North Preparatory Junior Public SchoolOntario
D. A. Morrison Middle SchoolOntario
Thorncliffe Park Public SchoolOntario
Village Union Public SchoolOntario
McClure Public SchoolOntario
Beverly Glen Junior Public SchoolOntario
The Elms Junior Middle SchoolOntario
Marc Garneau CollegiateOntario
TDSB Caring and Safe SchoolsOntario
Module VanierOntario
Leaside High SchoolOntario
Central Etobicoke High SchoolOntario
Equinox Holistic Alternative SchoolOntario
Hernewood Intermediate SchoolPrince Edward Island
Ecole l’Eco-PinQuebec
REACH School – Queen CampusQuebec

See more about Greta, here


Almost 25% of Canadian households do not have a single book. First Book Canada is transforming the lives of kids in need by making brand new, high quality books and educational resources available on an ongoing basis. Through a market-driven model, First Book Canada is creating equal access to quality education affordable to its member network of more than 10,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 2009, First Book Canada has distributed more than 7 million books and educational resources to hundreds of thousands of kids across Canada. 

Eligible educators, program coordinators, librarians, and professionals serving kids in need can register at For more information, visit and follow our latest news on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. 

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For more information, please contact: 

Tom Best
Executive Director
First Book Canada 

Sarah Smith-Eivemark
Marketing Manager
Penguin Random House Canada