Caring for the whole child

Did you know that nearly 25% of Canadian households do not have a single book in them? Or that having fewer than 10 books in the home means a child can fall up to 18 months behind their peers by the time they reach third grade?

Through our programs and special community partnerships, First Book Canada is interrupting this cycle and providing books directly into the homes of kids in need throughout Canada. We are so glad to have the support of Love Child Organics through their nonprofit partnership initiative.

Over the past five years, First Book Canada and Love Child Organics have visited multiple schools in Toronto, ON to share in the joy of reading and provide hundreds of children with books for their home libraries. This year, First Book Canada and Love Child Organics visited a high-needs elementary school in Toronto to host a Reading Celebration with illustrator Qin Leng. The participating students read with Love Child Organics employees and each of the students took home a brand new book to share with their families. In addition to supporting First Book Canada, Love Child Organics is committed to providing students from high-needs communities with experiences they can keep with them for years to come. We are so glad to work with Love Child Organics in providing children with these treasured memories.

Together, we are ensuring that young children have both the nutrition and the books and resources they need to support their social and emotional learning and development, as well as reach their highest potential in education.

Do you know of an educator or community leader serving kids in need? Registering with First Book Canada is fast, easy, and free – and they can immediately begin receiving access to free and low-cost books and educational resources. For more information about our work, visit and follow our latest news on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Happy Reading!

The First Book Canada team