For parents with young children, reading with their kids is one of the most precious times to share together. Not only does it create a healthy parent-child bond, but it instills a love of reading. Reading leads to improved literacy, which has a profound impact on a child’s education, self-confidence and economic opportunities. Check out our 10 Great Books for Tweens.
TD understands the importance of reading and literacy. That’s why they’re dedicated to supporting several flagship children’s literacy programs and literature awards across Canada’to encourage reading and the distribution of books to children. By sponsoring year-round children’s reading initiatives, TD is meeting the needs of families and education and literacy professionals across the country.
How do they help?
TD has been the presenting sponsor of TD Canadian Children’s Book Week for 13 years. This national event celebrates Canadian children’s books with close to 35,000 children, teens and adults participating in activities in each province and territory across the Canada. Hundreds of schools, public libraries, book stores and community centres host events as part of this major literary festival. In 2013, watch for it on May 4 to 11 with the theme of ‘All the Bookshelf’s a Stage: Celebrating the Performing Arts.’
TD has also sponsored The TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards, which are in their 8th year and encourage excellence in literacy works for youth. The two $25,000 awards are granted to the most distinguished Canadian author/illustrator of a book written for children ages 1 through 12, one for English and one for French.
With the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, TD funds the largest free book distribution in Canada. Every November, all grade 1 students (both English and French) receive a free book compliments of TD. In 2011, more than 570,000 students got a copy of Gifts by Jo Ellen Bogart. In 2012, students received I’ve Lost My Cat by Philippe Béha.
This summer, make sure you look for the TD Summer Reading Club, which was launched to inspire children to read during the summer through visits to public libraries. The program launches mid-June and runs until Labour Day.
Nobody can argue against the merits of being a good reader. It’s not just about developing a child’s imagination, or providing them with a healthy escape. It’s not just about learning solid communication skills, grammar and improved vocabulary. It’s about instilling confidence and providing opportunity. TD knows this. That’s why they are leading the charge on literacy.
Help support your child’s literacy by introducing them to a new book today. Here are 10 Great Books for Tweens that might end up in a stocking this year.