Read To Every Kid -2012

Children and parents are asked to read ten picture books selected by a team of librarians and literacy specialists and then vote for their favourite title.



104_6731.JPGCameron Kritsch of Edwardsburg/Cardinal with Vice Principal, John Bourne and Kim VandeSanda, Learning Commons Informationist

An initiative similar to Canada Reads, this home-grown project was launched on October 15 (the beginning of Canadian Library Week) at the Merrickville Library.  Mayor Doug Struthers  joined the organizing committee, community partners, parents and children as librarian Mary Kate Laphen announced the names of 10 nominated children’s books. This year’s nominees are:

(click any title above to get printable copy of front cover…great for a bulletin board!)

Families and readers will be asked to vote for their favourite children’s book with “winners” to be announced on Family Literacy Day, January 27, 2012.  Families will be able to vote online at  or through ballot boxes at libraries, Ontario Early Years Centres, and other organizations across Leeds-Grenville.

In its second year, the Read to Every Kid Every Day project won the Minister’s Award for Innovation 2010 from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism at the Ontario Library Association’s 2011 Super Conference in Toronto. The award recognizes successful new collaborative approaches to encouraging preschool literacy that are of continued value to public libraries.

Margaret Fancy, coordinator of Every Kid in our Communities commented:  “The success of this campaign is due to a community collaboration of effort and support.  The premise behind READ TO EVERY KID is simple. Reading to children from the earliest age contributes to
greater success in school and in life.”
Margaret Williams chair of the Read to Every Kid Every Day Planning Committee added: “The challenge is to get the word out to involve more families and the broader community in spreading the joy and satisfaction of reading.”

Planning Committee

  • Margaret Williams (chair) Chief Librarian (retired) Brockville Public Library
  • Linda Chadwick, Brockville Public Library
  • Lisa Marsden, Leeds and 1000 Islands Public Library
  • Mary Kate Laphen Merrickville Public Library
  • Sue Kennedy, Children’s Mental Health Leeds-Grenville
  • Sue Bergeron, North Grenville Public Library
  • Vicki Stevenson, Rideau Lakes Public Library
  • Laura Lee MacDonald, Early Literacy Specialist, Ontario Early Years Centre
  • Jessica Deschamp-Baird, Data Analysis Coordinator United Counties of Leeds-Grenville
  • Margaret Fancy, Coordinator Every Kid in our Communities of Leeds-Grenville

Partners involved in the project

  • Leeds-Grenville Public Libraries
  • United Counties of Leeds and Grenville – Ontario Early Years Centre
  • Family and Children’s Services Leeds-Grenville
  • Children’s Mental Health Leeds-Grenville
  • Brockville YMCA
  • Upper Canada District School Board – Leeds-Grenville schools
  • Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario – Leeds-Grenville Schools
  • Licensed Childcare Providers
  • Ecole Ange Gabriel
  • Country Roads Community Health Centre, Portland
  • Infant and Child Development Program
  • Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement
  • Leeds-Grenville Health Unit
  • Developmental Services of Leeds and Grenville
  • Preschool Speech and Language Services
  • Child Development Centre Hotel Dieu
  • MOPS, Kemptville
  • South East Region Autism Program

2011 Read To Every Kid Initiative

Read to Every Kid’s Favorite Book this year is Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas.  MPP Steve Clark dons the reading hat and shares the story with our kids.






Work Group Meeting Materials

Note: To foster involvement and immediate communication Everykid posts meeting notes rather than minutes.  Meeting notes give an overview rather than an accurate record agreed to by all; a sketch rather than a photo.  Please contact the chair of your group by email if a change is needed.

Read to Every Kid Launch, October 16, 2011

Dave Beatty, acting Mayor of Brockville, business owner and Grandpa reads one of nominated books to children at the Y.  Members of the Read to Every Kid Workgroup enjoy the story as well.

Work Group members enjoy stories too!