The “Born to Read” program began in 1990, the brain-child of the New Carlisle Literacy Exchange in the Gaspé and the project has been adapted many different ways since then.
The main objective is to encourage young mothers to begin reading to their infants at a very early age, even before they are old enough to hold a book or turn a page themselves.
The sooner they are introduced to the world of books, the better! Research has shown a marked improvement of school success amongst children who are exposed to reading early.

The born to read bags are made of
sturdy cotton and will last for years.

Several local Home and School Associations have adopted this activity as part of their literacy program, in conjunction with their school administration and Family Literacy Day, usually held on January 27.

Mothers of new infants are invited to the school on a Sunday afternoon and are hosted in the library by the Home and School Association. These mothers can either be mothers with siblings already in the school or new mothers from the local community.  Tables are set up with activities for the older siblings and refreshments are served. The school librarian reads some books to the Moms and their infants. Each child goes home with a Born to Read bag filled with literature for the parents on the importance of reading and five popular hard cover Board books, suitable for babies.
Parents are given valuable information, are impressed with the dedication of the school community to reaching out and promoting literacy and the children are given a promising start on their home library. A win/win situation for all.
For more information on the Born to Read program, and advice and suggestions on how to go about starting one at your own school, please contact Debi Brown Please see below for early childhood literacy ideas.


Early Childhood Literacy Ideas

  Success Story: Born to Read
Children's Literacy Resource Guide
  Great Read Aloud Books
Children's Literacy Resource Guide
  The Science is in: Literacy Begins at Birth
Children's Literacy Resource Guide
  Noise and Learning
Children's Literacy Resource Guide
  Pre-School Language Development
Children's Literacy Resource Guide
  Read to your Baby: Doctor's Orders
Children's Literacy Resource Guide
  Bingo Game



  Born to Read Program





The Quebec Federation of Home & School Associations (QFHSA) is an independent, incorporated not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the education and general well-being of children and youth.

The Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations promotes the involvement of parents, students, educators and the community at large in the advancement of learning and acts as a voice for parents.