The Gift of Reading‘s program presented by Kaleido

Attentive to the causes of illiteracy in Quebec, the Foundation created The Gift of Reading program in 1999. This initiative targets underprivileged children aged 0–12 from across Quebec, with a view to preventing reading and writing difficulties that can lead to dropping out of school and then illiteracy.

Each year, the public is invited to donate a brand new children’s book at one of the some 400 collection points in Quebec. The books are then distributed to the children the following May. It is also possible to contribute by making a donation or by organizing your own collection or fundraiser.

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The Gift of Reading 20th Edition’s Results

The 20th edition of The Gift of Reading was marked by great generosity: 100,191 children living in underprivileged areas received a book as a gift from our donors. Thank you to everyone who donated books or money at participating bookstores, libraries and book fairs, as well as through numerous fundraising activities.

Since 1999, The Gift of Reading has reached over half a million children aged 0 to 12 years old and their parents.

Participating Establishments

In 2019, 816 establishments across Quebec responded to the invitation of the Literacy Foundation and participated in the distribution of new books. The Foundation would like to thank them, because their collaboration is crucial for the smooth running of the program.

  • 396 elementary schools, including 26 English-speaking ones
  • 230 early childhood centres and daycares
  • 186 family community organizations
  • 4 other organizations working in disadvantaged areas

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