But not all kids are lucky enough to have a full bookshelf at home. And not all parents have the time or inclination to read with their kids.
More than 29 million children across North America live in low-income households. Most of these children have no age-appropriate books at home, and the classrooms and programs they attend are woefully under-resourced. For young children, reading is paramount to their growth and development. Recognizing the importance of reading at a young age, starting on Saturday, February 7, more than 10,000 new books will be distributed by First Book Canada at Kumon Canada’s head office to in-need schools and community-based programs across the Greater Toronto Area. Book recipient groups include teachers, librarians and community-based program administrators who will distribute the books to the children they serve. These books will be put into the hands of children from low-income families, to grow home libraries and nurture a love of reading.
This joint literacy campaign will continue throughout February and March with seven reading celebrations at high needs elementary schools across the country. Students will enjoy presentations from children’s authors and illustrators, and have the opportunity to read with Kumon Canada instructors and associates. Each student will also receive a signed copy of the author's or illustrator’s book to take home and keep.
“Seeing a child get excited about ‘what’s next’ in a story and develop a love for reading is something Kumon instructors and associates have the privilege of witnessing each and every day in our centres. By partnering with First Book Canada, we’re able to extend that opportunity into our communities,” said Lyndsay Lowman, Brand Communications Manager at Kumon Canada. “We are truly excited about this partnership and can’t wait to open up more worlds and create more smiles through literacy.”
I'm privileged to be attending the first of these reading celebrations on Monday at a local Scarborough school, where approximately 60 young students will have the chance to meet author Andrew Larsen as he reads to them from his book, In the Tree House. I'm looking forward to the chance to take part and read with these kids. Can't wait to see the joy of reading on their faces!
In March, for every child enrolled in a Kumon Reading Program, $10 will be donated to First Book Canada. This will allow First Book Canada to distribute more new books to children in need. That's a project I can get behind!
Disclosure: I have received compensation for this post, including books for Boo. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own. Reading Rocks!