When I was a child, I had a huge collection of books. Some were gifts from family, some were ones I purchased and some were books of my mom’s from her own childhood years. But even so, I was such an avid reader that I usually also had a huge stack of books that I’d brought home from the school library.
As hard as it is for me to believe, it’s likely that some of the same books I brought home from that library are still there today. The average age of a book in some Canadian school libraries is 15 years, which is already long considering how often the books are read, but some are kept much longer than that. And often books are repaired with tape and staples to keep them in circulation because there’s no budget for new copies.
That’s why for the last ten years the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has supported underfunded schools to help encourage literacy and learning. And to celebrate its tenth anniversary, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has a very special contest that will help put the most beloved books of all time in libraries across Canada!
Just visit the Indigo Love of Reading voting page to cast your vote for your favourite book or books. The top ten will be donated to over 200 schools across Canada when the voting ends on February 28, 2015. You can choose from the books already listed or nominate a special favourite of your own. Personally, I’ll be voting for Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Most children know the story of Alice’s first adventure in Wonderland, but not many know about her return. And while Roald Dahl wrote so many fabulous children’s books, both my boys and me absolutely love James and the Giant Peach, so that’s another I’ll be recommending!
To celebrate this fabulous initiative, Chapters/Indigo also has an incredible giveaway just for you! One lucky Mommy Kat and Kids reader is going to win their own set of the top ten books chosen by Canadians during the voting contest for their own home library! To enter to win, just leave a blog comment about your favourite childhood book.
You can vote as many times as you like for as many books as you like, so head over to the Indigo Love of Reading voting page and choose your favourites! Not only will you be helping to determine the top children’s books of all time, you’ll also be ensuring that underfunded schools across Canada have a great selection of books for the students. After all, there’s nothing better than helping a child develop a love of reading!