The Need

Almost 25% of Canadian households don't have a single book. Low literacy levels place children at a disadvantage that perpetuates poverty. With your help, we can change this.
Understanding the Need
In low-income households, schools, and communities, books and educational resources are scarce. Kids start school behind their more affluent peers and never catch up. Their educational and economic prospects suffer, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.

A record number of kids are growing up in need.

  • More than 1/3 of Canadian public school students live in low income households.

Public education and programs are deeply underfunded.

  • Many schools in economically disadvantaged communities in Canada can only afford 1 new library book a year for every 3 children.

Without adequate resources, children can not learn.

  • 30 percent of Grade 3 Canadian students lack basic literacy skills.

The impact of this cycle of can be staggering.

  • Poor educational outcomes are tied to future poverty, unemployment, illness and crime.

The Impact

First Book Canada is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. Educational equity can only be achieved when educators and kids have the resources they need to succeed. From books to backpacks, crayons to computers, First Book Canada delivers critical tools for learning and life.

7 million
books and resources distributed to date.
Hundreds of thousands
children reached annually.
Over 10,000
registered members, with 100 new educators joining monthly.
13 Regions
All 10 provinces and 3 territories reached.
"First Book [Canada] does such important work. We are so happy to be able to give families free books that they can keep and own […] and we see the benefits of this in our community and in our schools."

— Kailey, Langley Literacy Network | Langley, British Columbia