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Books stimulate imagination, improve vocabulary, increase knowledge, and enhance bonding when read together. Books transport children to exciting new worlds, fuel imagination, and introduce them to diverse characters and experiences. Reading as a family fosters bonding, creates a love for reading, and models lifelong learning habits. Here are some tips for buying books for your family literacy programs.

BOOK SOURCES

At The Learning Exchange, we buy thousands of books every year to distribute to schools, children and their families as part of our family literacy programming. Here are a few of our favourites:


We order with Scholastic Book Clubs. Scholastic Book Clubs is a recreational reading program for children that’s free to belong to and partners with teachers and parents in nurturing reading skills. You can earn LOTS of Bonus Bank dollars from orders. We get hundreds of dollars of free books every year! You will need a Class Code. Bonus Bank Rewards are only earned when a Class Code is used on an order containing rewardable products.

TIPS: Look for seasonal classroom specials on books. Buy the “Instant Classroom Library” book assortment to get a great variety of books for just a few dollars each.

*Prices listed Jan. 2024


First Book Canada’s mission is to provide books and resources exclusively to educators and program leaders serving children from low-income families. Books and resources available on the First Book Canada Marketplace are not available to the general public. Publishers sell and donate books and resources to First Book Canada with the express knowledge that they will only be provided to schools and programs that meet First Book Canada’s eligibility criteria. If you are a teacher, health care provider, school support personnel, librarian, early learning professional, community program or afterschool staff, and/or you serve low-income children and families in another capacity, please visit www.fbmpcanada.org/register to sign up for free!

TIP: TLE has benefited with thousands of books from First Book Canada Marketplace where we only pay for the shipping…all books were free. Once accepted, look for special announcement e-mails with information about free books, donations, coupons, promotions, etc.


The Book Outlet makes books more accessible to everyone with “Read-iculously Low Prices“. Donation requests can also be sent. The Learning Exchange shops for low-priced books here. If you decide to sign-up, use our share link and we will get free books to give to the community!




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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime with the featured story: IN MY HEART

Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside, with language that is lyrical but also direct to empower readers to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions.

Story by Jo Witek

Illustrated by  Christine Roussey


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Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships. Here are some stories related to the theme of the story: In My Heart.

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings Storytime with DaddyThe Way I FeelA Little Scribble SPOT: A Story About Colorful Emotions
Somebody Loves You, Mr. HatchThe Kissing HandI Love My Mom

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Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships. Here are some stories related to the theme of the story: Stella Queen of the Snow.

The Story of SnowJust SNOW Already!Brave Irene
The Snow QueenPete the Cat Snow DazeThe Snowy Day Read-aloud

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Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships. Here are some stories related to the theme of the story: Wish.

The Fish Makes A WishMagical Adventures with The Wish-Granting Winter TreeFrog’s Starry Wish
I WishSylvester and the
Magic Pebble
The Pine Tree’s Wishes

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Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships. Here are some stories related to the theme of the story: The Invisible String.

Top 10 Children’s Books
About Love
Guess How Much I Love You VideosMy Brother Charlie
A Family is a Family is a FamilyThe Giving TreeThe Boy with Big, Big Feelings

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There are three simple ways to share books throughout the year!

1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.
Celebrate the love of reading by giving someone a new, used or borrowed book. Books make GREAT gifts!

2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.
Choose a waiting room where people are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to people and kids especially, so choose a fun book.

3. Donate a Book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local literacy council, second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter.


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Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships. Here are some stories related to the theme of the story I’m Sticking with You.

Chester’s WayCapybara is Friends
With Everyone
Be Kind
Stick and Stone Best
Friends Forever
The Rainbow FishFriends – Early Reader

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Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships. Here are some stories related to the story Extra Yarn.

Granny McFlitter
A Country Yarn
If You Want To Knit
Some Mittens
Red, Blue and Yellow Yarn: Story for Yom Kippur
George The Generous GiraffeBe Kind | A Children’s Story About Things that MatterThe Cheerful Giver | A Story About Giving

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