Book of the Month – February

The book of the month for February is “Artemis Fowl” by Eoin Colfer. “Artemis Fowl” is a fantastical story full of adventure, intrigue, and yes, fairies! This book is a thrilling fairy-tale that will have you on the edge of your seat. Join us in reading the first book in this popular series.

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Read the Book of the Month with us and participate in the discussion!

1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada using the hashtag #bookbankreads

3) Follow @bookbankcanada on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads

A Good Book Drive Toronto Launches Feb 1st

Via http://agoodbookdrive.com

A Good Book Drive, an annual book drive to bring stories to a new generation of readers, is expanding to Toronto this year. Since 2012 A Good Book Drive has gathered over 4,500 new books for children in Vancouver, Calgary and Brooklyn. 

A Good Book Drive Toronto aims to raise 1,000 books in 29 days and inspire reading and writing skills for the kids that need it most in the city.

Running through the month of February, A Good Book Drive asks Torontonians to purchase a new copy of their favourite kids’ book and deliver it to set locations throughout the city including Type Books, Love Me Do, The Scullery, Tiny Record Shop, and many more. There, donors will be able to personalize their donation with a special bookplate, sharing their own story of why that book is special. By permanently placing those stories within the cover of the books, children will read the personal narratives and learn about the impact of that book on someone else’s life.

All books collected through the month of February will be donated to The Children’s Book Bank, a registered charity that supports childhood literacy by providing free books and literacy support to children in low-income neighbourhoods in Toronto. The Children’s Book Bank opened Canada’s first storefront “book bank” in Regent Park, and offers literacy support programs, including its popular Stories for Students Program, Books Beyond Berkeley Street Program and new B3 (Building Babies’ Brains) program. They are staffed by child literacy experts and knowledgeable volunteers who assist in selecting appropriate books and who provide advice and support on literacy issues.

A Good Book Drive will be sharing images and stories of the books donated in Toronto throughout the month of February at agoodbookdrive.com.

From Early Reader to Donor

MY 10 YEARS WITH THE CHILDREN’S BOOK BANK        
BY NABHAN RAHMAN, AGE 9    

My very first visit to the book bank was in a 4
wheeler (Nope, not a car- it was a stroller) around the early 2008.
Ok, Ok. That does not N-O-T mean, I couldn’t walk, the fact was, the book bank was far away for my tiny little steps. On that day I met two REAL fairies (Kim, and Jane) –the book fairies. With their magic dust of kindness, care, and love they bound me to come, every day for the next 3 months. You can guess that I was about 1.5 yrs old. While coming back on the first day, my mom heard “woof, woof, meow, rabbit.” She searched for the noise, and came to the front of my stroller, found a serious reader! That means, the book bank already created an avid reader.

7 years later it’s 2015 and still the children’s book bank is a wonder to me. Who? Why? How could a lawyer sacrifice her whole career? What is the joy of giving?

It is a museum, it is a library, and it is an inspiration for me. All this helped me make up my mind to have a taste of giving.

Finally, I made up my mind in Oct. 2015 to donate Children’s Book Bank, $5 every month for the rest of my life.

From then, I am eagerly waiting for the months to come, and go.

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Book of the Month – January

Happy New Year!

It’s a new year and a new Book of the Month Challenge!  This year we’ve got an exciting line-up of books.  Participants who read all 12 Books of the Month will be entered into a draw for an Indigo gift card. Starting this year we will also be hosting monthly book club meetings for our avid Book of the Month readers. Come into the Book Bank today to find out how to sign up.

Our first Book of the Month pick for 2016 is E.B. White’s “The Trumpet of the Swan.” “The Trumpet of the Swan” tells the story of Louis, a voiceless swan who learns to communicate through music. Join us and read this classic tale of love and determination.

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Read the Book of the Month with us and participate in the discussion!

1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada using the hashtag #bookbankreads

3) Follow @thechildrensbookbank on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads

Book of the Month – December

Our Book of the Month (BOM) for December is “Christmas in Camelot” by Mary Pope Osborne

The Book of the Month selection for December is the 29th book in the Magic Tree House Series, “Christmas in Camelot” by Mary Pope Osborne. Follow Jack and Annie as they go on a fantastical adventure in an effort to save Camelot on Christmas Eve. Join us in reading this chapter book – perfect for the holiday season!

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1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada using the hashtag #bookbankreads

3) Follow @thechildrensbookbank on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads

A Few Words from One of Our Outreach Partners…

Dave Page
“Thanks to an exciting partnership with The Toronto Children’s Book Bank, Macaulay has been providing children the opportunity to own their own books, free of charge!  The initiative is known as “The Book Nook”.  For the past five years, Macaulay has been distributing 1,000 books a month to our young clients, throughout all of the Macaulay program sites: Ontario Early Years Centres, Child Care Centres, Homework Clubs, home visiting program etc.
This initiative has reached thousands of families in the north/west region of the city. In 2014, Macaulay served more than 7,000 children and youth, and their families and caregivers. 35% of these children had a significant special need or were considered at risk due to environmental factors such as poverty and neighbourhood violence. 23% of these families had an income below $15,000. Therefore they would not likely be able to buy their own books.
Giving families quality books to keep is a powerful tool to support the literacy message. We encourage families to read with their children every day, and to regularly visit their local libraries. When children have books of their own, they have a greater likelihood of becoming stronger and enthusiastic readers later in life.
In 2015, we received this letter from a parent whose children were receiving Speech and Language services from Macaulay and were therefore able to access the books from The Children’s Book Bank:
‘My own three children have been blessed to receive Speech therapy…., and we have many a book from the Macaulay Book Nook.  The kids are always excited to rush in and pick out a new “friend”, and are always sad when a therapy block ends, and their visits to the Book Nook are over.'”
-Dave Page
Early Literacy Specialist
Ontario Early Years
Macaulay Child Development Centre

Book of the Month – November!

Our Book of the Month for November is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. This classic tale follows Milo and a watchdog, Tock as they explore distant lands full of comical puns through the mysterious phantom tollbooth. First published in 1961, The Phantom Tollbooth is an epic story of the joys of language and imagination that remains a favourite of many wordsmiths.

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1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada using the hashtag #bookbankreads

3) Follow @thechildrensbookbank on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads