The joy of reading

For many of us, our access to books today is unprecedented. Not everyone has this luxury. Acknowledging that reading is a great privilege for adults and children alike can help us understand the weight of this gift and what life might be like without it. We are blessed to be able to expand our minds, learn and grow by reading a […]

Author Spotlight: Jiji Talmas

This year, I partnered with a number of indie authors to share their stories, promote early literacy and expand our home library program to serve under resourced children across the GTA. Today I will be sharing a book titled Cheers to our Volunteer! About the book:“In many classrooms and programs, we have volunteers that come in to work with children, […]

About early literacy

I asked one of our indie authors, Jennifer Misener to share why early literacy is so important for children. Here’s what she had to say:  One of the best things you can do for your child is spend time reading with them. Reading has been connected to school success, and it opens up a world of possibilities for learning. There […]

Author Spotlight: Jennifer Misener

This year, I partnered with a number of indie authors to share their stories, promote early literacy and expand our home library program to serve under resourced children across the GTA.  Meet Jen: About the book:  Brian is a brain and he has a big day ahead of him! His human is named Ryan, and it is Brian’s job to […]

Youth Spotlight: Meet Sadia

Tell us about the work you do:  I am a youth mental health advocate based in Toronto, ON. I worked with youth across Canada to start conversations about mental health and discuss the role it plays in our lives. I am especially passionate about discussing mental health education, in both our schools and communities. I strongly believe that everyone should […]

Youth Spotlight: Meet Bianca & Maliha

Tell us about the work you do? Stay Woke is a youth non-profit organization striving to promote a culture of social awareness through creativity. Ultimately, our goal is to amplify youth voices and build a community of youth change-makers. We do so through various projects and events, including an annual open-mic + gallery event, Framed: a digital arts magazine, the […]

Food insecurity during the pandemic

CTV News reports that the number of Canadian struggling to put good, nutritious food on the table is increasing at alarming rates. Many families are struggling as a result of layoffs and the economic down turn caused by the pandemic. Before the pandemic – an estimated 4.5 million Canadians experienced food insecurity First two months of the pandemic – that […]

Sewing kit

Sewing kit

By: Zahra Z Turn your old eyeglass case into a practical sewing repair kit. There are tons of ways to go about doing this and many items that you can place inside, including: Putting a new cover on the case Making a pincushion out of fabric and cotton Scissors, thread, needles, buttons You can create multiple kits and store them […]

Everyday teddy kits

By: Vivian Y. The Everyday Kit is quite self explanatory; it simply includes various basics that children would find beneficial during the average day. Some things it would include are deodorant, tissue boxes, a hair comb, teddy bear, a packable blanket, and hand sanitizer. Anyone could benefit from this care package, as it provides individuals with several basic necessities that […]