Communiqué | July 2021

Message From Our CEO

As we enter our second summer of the COVID-19 pandemic, after another school year filled with disruptions and challenges, it’s clear that far too many children are struggling with reading. Some may be behind by up to a year.

Access to books, resources and literacy guidance for families can help. That’s why we are so appreciative of the literacy partners, food banks, healthcare professionals and others working alongside us to encourage and inspire reading this summer and beyond.

Learn more about our collective initiatives in this edition of Communique, and please get in touch at or find us on social media (@CanLiteracy on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) to keep the conversation going.

All our best,
Ariel R. Siller

Read On Canada!

We have joined forces with literacy organizations and food banks across Canada to launch the Read On Canada! initiative for its second year. Together, we have already distributed 67,000 books to kids at 74 food banks in communities across Canada and are growing our reach each week.

We also have lots of fun reading activities for all families at Join us on social media by sharing your own inspiring message about reading, using the hashtag #ReadOnCanada.

Interested in learning more? CBC Books has an excellent article covering the Read On Canada! program.

Read Article

Help us gift more books to children

If you are looking to support children’s reading journeys this summer, consider donating to the Read On Canada! Fund. Every dollar you give puts two fun and enriching books into the hands of a child whose family is accessing food banks.

Donate Here

Talking about reading

We spoke to CBC Radio stations across Canada about why it's so important for kids to keep reading on this summer. Listen to our CEO Ariel Siller on CBC London Morning sharing how the Read On Canada! initiative supports families.

Listen here!

Expansion of Early Words in Nunavut and Manitoba

We're delighted to announce the expansion of our Early Words program into 12 clinics across Nunavut and two in Winnipeg! The expansion of the program into new regions means we can provide even more families and children with early literacy guidance and resources.
Find out more about Early Words

The Early Words Bulletin

Interested in early literacy and/or our Early Words program? Then our new Early Words Bulletin is for you. This e-newsletter, which launched recently, features brief updates on the program and on early literacy more broadly. It includes stories about participating clinics, tips for healthcare providers, and more! Check out the May and June editions, and sign up to receive the Early Words Bulletin at the link below.
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In case you missed it...
The Globe and Mail published an excellent series of articles on children's literacy with a focus on reading during the pandemic. We spoke with them about how to encourage kids to read more, and how literacy represents a measure of hope for children in these difficult times. Find links to both articles here.
This terrific Quill & Quire piece covers the impact of COVID-19 on children's literacy, and how organizations are working together to mitigate its effects.
Global Edmonton took a look at how some children are falling behind due to pandemic-related impacts on reading. Our CEO Ariel Siller contributed advice on how families can help.


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