Let the dire state of so many of our country’s schools be a call to action, for government, corporations and individuals to do their part in nurturing and helping grow our most precious resource—our children.
CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
Can you imagine a childhood without books?
No Wizard of Oz. No Harry Potter. No Cat in the Hat. No maps of faraway places, or stories about the people who live there.
A book can inspire a child to discover the world—and themselves. Nothing is a better indicator of future success than early literacy.
But many children in
The crisis is so great that in 2001 teachers and principals spent $143 million of their own money 3 to buy books and learning materials for their students.
Children from high-needs schools suffer most, including those from low-income neighbourhoods, immigrant or non-English-speaking families or those of Aboriginal descent.
Our mission is to encourage a love of reading in every child and give them the chance to reach their full potential. We know we will get there with the help of our 7,000 employees and millions of customers. The Indigo
You can be part of the movement to spread a love of reading among the children of
- Source: Dr. Ken Haycock. In 1970, many Canadian school districts budgeted to buy three books per child. Today, the average budget covers one-third of a book per child.
- Source: In 2007, Ogden School in Thunder Bay, ON, was allocated only $1.27 per child per year for new books by the provincial government.
- Source: 2001 survey by the Canadian Teacher`s Federation.