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Question & Answer with Raptors 905 Reading Challenge Students

What is the Raptors 905 Reading Challenge? The Raptors 905 Reading Challenge is a reading program that gives books to kids. It is celebrating its fifth year. The program started with DeMar DeRozan who partnered with First Book Canada to support 10 schools to read 10 books over the course of 10 weeks! It is now being supported by the Compugen Green4Good Program, Bank of Montreal, and Raptors 905. This... Read more

First Book Canada Distributes Half a Million Books in Ontario in 2018

TORONTO, Ontario (December 18, 2018) – At the Ontario Public Service Holiday Gift Drive, First Book Canada and members of the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services donated 5,000 books to children in need. The books were generously donated by First Book Canada’s publishing partner Penguin Random House Canada and they will be distributed to the... Read more

2018 in Review

As this year draws to an end, First Book Canada is taking a look back at some of our top ten moments of 2018! We’ve had the opportunity to provide books to kids from coast to coast to coast with the help of our dedicated members, partners, and volunteers. We’d like... Read more

How are you making an impact?

Remember the first book that you felt was speaking directly to you? The first book that made you feel seen? Or the first book that helped you through a difficult experience? Maybe you got all that from one book or from multiple books, over the course of your childhood. Imagine... Read more

First Book Canada collaborates with Amazon Canada to deliver 100,000 books  

TORONTO, Ontario (November 13, 2018) – Yesterday, First Book Canada held a press conference at Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior Public School to announce Amazon Canada’s donation of 100,000 books to Canadian children in high-needs communities. This generous donation is arriving in time for the holidays, allowing kids across Canada to have access to brand new, high-quality... Read more