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.
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.
"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