Jeunes qui aident au programme "La lecture en cadeau"

The Gift of Reading results

The  16th edition of The Gift of Reading bore witness to some great generosity: 40,022 underprivileged children received the gift of a book in May 2015. Thanks to everyone who gave books or money at participating bookstores, libraries and book fairs, and through numerous collection activities. 

Since 1999, The Gift of Reading has reached more than 401,900 children aged 0–12 and their parents.

Extraordinary growth in books distributed

The 1999-2000 edition of the program was held solely in the Greater Montreal area. Subsequent editions have taken place throughout Quebec.

Participating organizations

In 2015, 559 establishments across Quebec answered the Foundation’s invitation and took part in the distribution of brand new books. The Foundation wishes to thank them, as their collaboration is crucial for the program to run smoothly.

  • 162 schools, including 8 English schools
  • 143 childcare centres
  • 191 family resource centres
  • 63 other organizations working in underprivileged neighborhoods 

List of organizations participating in the 17th edition of The Gift of Reading.

Chart-topping bookstores and libraries

Among the 100 or so libraries and 150-odd bookstores that took part in The Gift of Reading in November and December 2014, a number particularly distinguished themselves through their successful book drives. Congratulations, and thank you to all of them!

Libraries collecting the most books

129 books – Repentigny libraries, Repentigny

111 books – J.R L’Heureux library, Maniwaki

104 books – Réseau des bibliothèques de Longueuil, Longueuil


Bookstores collecting the most books

332 books – Coopsco des Laurentides, Saint-Jérôme

251 books – Librairie coopérative du Collège Maisonneuve, Montréal

195 books – Librairie Moderne, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

160 books – Coopérative étudiante Marie-Victorin, Montréal

156 books – Librairie Martin, Joliette


Bookstores collecting the most money

$781.75 – Librairie Le Fureteur, Saint-Lambert

$303.40 – Librairie Liber, New Richmond

$133.60 – Librairie Imagine, Laval

$71.05 – Librairie Paulines, Montréal

$64.55 – Archambault, Anjou