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Promoting Reading in Canada for selected target groups

Babies, Infants, Children

Lire/Imagine/Read - Promoting Reading in the Montreal Children`s Hospital

http: / / www.thechildren.com / en / patients / lire-imagine-read-project.aspx?sLg=1

Lire-Imagine-ReadResearch has demonstrated a positive effect of reading to babies and even to yet unborn children on the development of children’s brains. Based on this insight, four main clinics of The Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) of the McGill University Health Centre in partnership with the “Centre d`alphabétisation du Québec” [ ... ]  

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„Lire et faire lire“ - Reading to children in Canada

http: / / www.lireetfairelire.qc.ca /

Following the succes of the programme lire et faire lire, established in France in 1999 the concept was soon adapted for the French-speaking region of Québéc in Canada. Other than the original organisation in France, “Lire et faire lire“ in Canada is a programme that receives support from more than 50 organisations, e.g. pensioners or public libraries in Québéc. Same as in France, senior citizens aged 50 and older are brought together with children to read. Once a week, volunteers read to small groups [ ... ]  

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TD Grade One Book Giveaway Program

http: / / www.bookcentre.ca / bookgiveaway2010

Since 2000, in cooperation with ministries of education, school boards and library organizations across Canada — the CCBC has given every Grade One student a free Canadian children’s book. The book is to be taken home by each child to keep and to read with their parents. This far-reaching annual book giveaway program, which provides over 500,000 books to Grade One children across Canada, is fully funded by a bank. The coordination of the TD Grade One Book Giveaway Program is done by the Canadian [ ... ]  

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Children, Youth

Action Plan on Reading in School (Canada)

http: / / www.mels.gouv.qc.ca / lecture / index_en.asp

Acquisition of the language of instruction is an indicator of educational success, and comprehension of written material is the foundation of learning in all subjects, in both elementary and secondary school. Reading is Essential to Success in School. The Action Plan on Reading in School is intended to improve access to high-quality material, pedagogical and cultural resources and to implement a series of measures to ensure efficiency. In recent years, a number of university research projects on the [ ... ]  

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“Les garçons et la lecture” - Boys and literature (Canada)

http: / / www.mels.gouv.qc.ca / lecture / index_en.asp

To instil a joy of reading in boys, several kindergartens and schools launched several projects within the framework of the action plan “Florilège” (2005-2008 and 2008-2011) of the ministry of education, leisure-time and sports in Québéc. Fathers of children attending one kindergarten introduced a reading hour after breakfast, demonstrating to the children that reading is not an activity reserved to women. A similar project, carried out by a boarding school, was even awarded a prize: fathers volunteered to [ ... ]  

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„Mentorat“ - Mentoring reading in Canada

http: / / www.mels.gouv.qc.ca / lecture / index_en.asp

Schools in the province were very creative in implementing the action plan “Florilège” (2005-2008 and 2008-2011) of the Ministry of Education, Leisure and sports in Québéc. Some schools initiated partnerships between older and younger pupils or kindergarten children. For instance, fourth graders of a primary school became mentors to children in a kindergarten whom they met once a week to read or show them the library. Other pupils selected the titles they wanted to read to a group of kindergarten children [ ... ]  

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“Passe-livre” - Bookcrossing in Canada

http: / / www.mels.gouv.qc.ca / lecture / index_en.asp

Ever since it was invented by US-American citizen Ron Hornbaker in 2001, the reading game “bookcrossing” has been successfully implemented worldwide. In Italy and France, a bookstore has promoted the game as “passe livre”. The “bookcrossing” concept implies that books are released by their owners and made generally available to unknown potential readers, e.g. by placing the books on park benches, in public transport or any other public place. The books can be tracked by code numbers provided that the [ ... ]  

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TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

http: / / www.bookweek.ca /

Illustration_by_Barbara_Reid_for_Book_Week_2008TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is the largest celebration of Canadian books for young people in Canada. Each November, authors, illustrators and storytellers visit communities throughout the country to share the delights of Canadian children’s books. Book Week reaches over 35,000 children and teens in schools and libraries [ ... ]  

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Book Awards in Canada

http: / / www.bookcentre.ca / award

The great achievements of Canadian authors and illustrators are being recognized through four book awards.
The Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People is awarded annually to reward excellence in the writing of an outstanding work of historical fiction for young readers.
The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, established in 2006, honours excellence in the illustrated picture book format. To be eligible, the book must be an original work in English, aimed at children aged [ ... ]  

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Family Literacy Day in Canada

http: / / abclifeliteracy.ca / en / family-literacy-day

Family Literacy Day is an initiative by ABC Life Literacy Canada and it has been organised since 1999. Each year, Family Literacy Day is held on January 27. Many actvities in libraries, schools and homes mark reading in the family and related activities, joined by thousands of people in Canada. Robert Munsch, the bestselling children’s book author in Canada, has been patron of the events since 2003. In 2010, for instance, a competition was launched for families to win a home visit and local public [ ... ]  

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