16th edition of "Reading as a gift": Who has read, will read

In November and December, give reading as a gift and help reach the goal of distributing 40,000 books to underprivileged young people.

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In November and December, give reading as a gift and help reach the goal of distributing 40,000 books to underprivileged young people.

The Literacy Foundation invites all Quebecers to participate in the 16e program edition Reading as a gift. Once again this year, everyone is invited to buy a new children's book for a child living in a disadvantaged environment. In November and December, it involves buying a book in one of the 145 participating bookstores or depositing one in one of the 100 libraries in Quebec associated with the program.

The aim of the operation is to transmit the magic of reading to children in its region and to carve out a place for it in families where very often there are no books.

"The fight against illiteracy and dropping out of school involves a multitude of actions and initiatives which, taken together, make a difference", underlines Diane Mockle, President and CEO of the Foundation. Discovering books and reading from an early age opens wide the door to the imagination and develops the desire to learn.

In 15 years, Reading as a gift reached over 361,500 children from all regions. For this upcoming edition, the Literacy Foundation has set itself the goal of distributing 40,000 books.


The testimony of a teacher

“The children were jumping for joy, their eyes twinkling. They would walk around and discuss their findings. Beautiful exchanges, beautiful energy, in short, it was a pure moment of happiness! "
A teacher from École Jean-XXIII de Sherbrooke


Collection locations

The Foundation would like to thank Archambault, the Association of Public Libraries of Quebec, the Association des libraires du Québec (ALQ), Coopsco, the Libraries Independents of Quebec (LIQ) and Renaud-Bray who participate in the fundraising effort for the program. .

Where are the books distributed?

The books collected will be given to children in May 2015 through hundreds of organizations targeted by the Foundation, according to the deprivation indices established by the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport. These establishments include schools, childcare centers and family community organizations. Each book collected in a region is given to a child in that same region.

Official cause of the Montreal Book Fair

Once again this year, it will be possible to take advantage of a visit to the Montreal Book Fair, from November 19 to 24, 2014, to buy a children's book and drop it off in one of the collection boxes in the stands of many publishers. as well as those of the Literacy Foundation.

Source: press release

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