Reading Olympics Program

Back in February, in honour of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, The Children’s Book Bank hosted our own version of the games: The Reading Olympics! This program sought to encourage children to take and read books of varying formats and subjects; ones that they may not have been interested in taking off our shelves in past visits. Over the course of a month, children read books about magic, poetry books, graphic novels, and books with a number in the title (just to name a few categories). After reading these books, participants were required to orally report about what they read. Each book report warranted a stamp in the designated category and once a child had received 5 stamps in different categories they were awarded a bronze medal, 10 stamps secured them a silver medal and 15 stamps won them a gold medal!

Olympic Gold Medalist Koshin!

Olympic Gold Medalist Koshin!

Olympic Gold Medalist Jierui!

Olympic Gold Medalist Jierui!

Olympic Gold Medalist Azma!

Olympic Gold Medalist Azma!

The results are in and with over 70 participants and 12 medalists, The Children’s Book Bank’s Reading Olympics was a huge victory! The program’s measurable successes include an increase in visit frequency and more diverse inventory being checked out, for example: biographies, Canadian authors, folk tales, and books from another time or another place. Most importantly, this program showcased the Book Bank as a fun destination for literacy support in Regent Park. Having the participants recall what they had read and answer questions about the books challenged readers and ensured that books that were taken off our shelves were carefully read. The palpable spirit of competition at our storefront is something we hope to repeat with future games. See you in 2015 for the Pan Am Games!

Review of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by Tashuua, Age 10

I read a truly amazing and magical book called ‘Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling. This book is about a boy named Harry who at first thinks he is a regular kid, but very unusual things happen to him. Then he enrolls at a special school named Hogwarts but has difficulty since he is always stared at because he could not be defeated by a dark wizard when he was younger. This book takes you on a wonderful fantasy world! I love this book because it takes you on a fantasy adventure, which is truly unforgettable. I would recommend this book to anybody who loves magic and fantasy books. Read it, and you’ll love it!

-Reviewed by Tashuua, Age 10


Book of the Month – April

April’s Book of the Month is “Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone” by J.K. Rowling. Read (or re-read) with us this wonderful tale about a boy wizard. The Book Bank will be celebrating the “Magic of Books” throughout April with magic-themed displays and a Harry Potter novel study with a lucky grade 4 class. Read Harry Potter with us and use the #BookBankReads hashtag, or just let us know why books are magical to you!


The Children’s Book Bank has won an INTERNATIONAL AWARD!!

We are very excited and proud to announce that The Children’s Book Bank has won the prestigious IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award. The award is chosen by the International Board on Books for Young People and is sponsored by the Japanese newspaper company the Asahi Shimbun.

As the Canadian nominee, The Book Bank competed with groups from around the world and was judged by a jury panel from Japan, Spain, France, Egypt, Mexico, USA and Slovakia. The jury selected the Book Bank as one of this year’s two winners, “because it is a very simple system of book recycling, which, in addition to getting books into the hands of children, effectively uses the skills of retired teachers and librarians. This idea has the possibility to be expanded and replicated in many places.”

We are grateful to all of you who have donated your time, your books and your money to make this award possible. Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS!!

To view the full IBBY Press Release click here.

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Book of the Month – March

March’s Book of the Month is “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis.  This is the second book in the popular “The Chronicales of Narnia” series.  Join the staff and volunteers at The Book Bank as we read this classic  fantasy tale together. #BookBankReads


The Children’s Book Bank Literary Evening 2014

There are only a limited number of tickets available!

Join us for a literary evening in support of
The Children’s Book Bank with Miriam Toews presenting her forthcoming novel
All My Puny Sorrows.


Wednesday, April 9th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas St East, Toronto

Wine and light refreshments will be served.Tickets are $100 and include a copy of the book plus a donation to the Children’s Book Bank. Books will be available for pick up at the event.

Tax receipts will be issued for a portion of the ticket price.
Tickets available online at Ticketbud or by calling the Book Bank at 416-922-7323.

Paid public parking is available in the underground lot beneath the Daniels Spectrum. The vehicle entrance is off the laneway to the south of the centre, accessible via Sackville Street just south of Dundas Street East.

Don’t miss out on this exciting book launch – only a limited number of tickets are available!

Review of ‘The Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark ‘ by Brinda, Age 11

In the book Magic Tree House, Dinosaurs Before Dark, there is a boy named Jake and a girl named Annie. Before dinner Jake and Annie go out into the woods and find a treehouse and then they read a book. They said “I wish I could see a Pteranodon for real” then the treehouse started to go around and around, then they saw something…what could it be?

-Reviewed by Brinda, Age 11