Friday, February 20, 2015

Bringing Books to GTA Children in Need #kumonreads {giveaway}

I grew up surrounded by books and have made it a priority to read with my boys. Boo even got bedtime stories when he was still in utero. When he read his first book to me at age 4, I was so very proud! He has an awesome collection of books now, and I find it really hard to say no when he asks for the latest in whatever's his new favourite series.

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!

 

A Giveaway

In celebration of reading and early learning, one lucky RMB reader will receive a gift bag from Kumon Canada and First Book Canada, including a variety of children's books, workbooks, and school supplies. Approximate retail value is $75. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight ET, March 14, 2015. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!


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Disclosure: I have received compensation for this post, including books for Boo. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own. Reading Rocks!

10 comments:

  1. We love the Velveteen Rabbit.

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  2. we read 'five little monkeys' a lot

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  3. My daughter loves her Doc McStuffins book.

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  4. one very favourite book was The Kissing Hand.

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  5. My kids really like anything by Graeme Base. He has amazing stories with beautiful artwork.

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  6. My granddaughter's current favourite is 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'
    My rafflecopter name is Julie g

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  7. When I grew up, I loved Curious George
    (Debbie W)

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  8. when I was young I got sick and my mom bought me this set of hard cover books...I feel in love with reading and passed it onto my children. We never had a whole lot of spare money when the kids were young, but with Scholastic books in the school, there was always a big selection of 99cent books that they could get. These days we all still read and I still prefer a book as opposed to my ereader.

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  9. I'll love you Forever <3

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  10. My son's favourite book is "how to Train a Train"

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