Beacon Hill student receives honorary book

First Book Canada makes school trips throughout the region

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

Mike Boldt, author and illustrator of I Don’t Want to be Big presented the First Book Canada’s five-millionth book donation to Madison Davis, a Beacon Hill student who lost her home in the Fort McMurray wildfire, at a special reading celebration held on September 14. Supplied photo

Mike Boldt, author and illustrator of I Don’t Want to be Big presented the First Book Canada’s five-millionth book donation to Madison Davis, a Beacon Hill student who lost her home in the Fort McMurray wildfire, at a special reading celebration held on September 14. Supplied photo

First Book Canada (FBC) representatives were joined by Alberta author and illustrator Mike Boldt to make special literature deliveries to schools in the Wood Buffalo region.

“We appreciate this amazing gift immensely. It’s a great way to encourage and foster literacy, and a love of reading. Thank you, Tom Best, TD, and everyone involved for your memorable efforts,” said Doug Nicholls, Superintendent of Fort McMurray Public School District.

According to a release, FBC built a coalition of support with TD Canada Trust by rallying the Canadian publishing houses, and its authors, “to help in the rebuilding of this community by providing one of the most valuable commodities we have for children and youth: books,” after the wildfire broke out across Fort McMurray.

“Instilling a joy of reading in young minds is why we support children’s literacy, libraries and reading programs all across the country,” said Todd Linnen, District Vice President, TD Canada Trust, Alberta North.

“We were heartbroken at the devastation in the Fort McMurray community from the wildfires and book replacement initiatives like this one is just one of the ways we hope to continue to rally behind the community.”

FBC provides new books to children in need. According to Firstbookscanada.org, the non-profit organization has distributed over 100 million free and low cost books to thousands of communities through Canada, which now includes the United States.

“To lose your personal book collection in a fire would be hard for any adult, but we know for the many children hit by the Fort McMurray wildfire, the loss of the books you had grown up with and started your life with would be devastating,” said Executive Director of First Book Canada Tom Best.

“That’s why I am so pleased and proud that the Canadian Book Publishing industry pitched in with the ‘Fort McMurray Book Lift’ and responded so generously. Working with our partners at TD, we truly were able to send our very best to Fort McMurray.”

The group spent a day in the region starting with a presentation during the Tykes Program at the Wood Buffalo Regional Public Library and ending at Fort McKay School on September 14.

Following the library event, a special reading celebration took place at Father Turcotte School for the Grade 1 and 2 students of Dr. Clark and Beacon Hill elementary schools.

During the celebration, Boldt presented FBC’s five millionth book donation with his children’s book: I Don’t Want to be Big to Beacon Hill student Madison Davis, who had lost her home in the Fort McMurray wildfire.

The Alberta-based children’s author was enthusiastic in presenting the book, and signed copies were made available to all of the guests in attendance at the various events.

– Connect Weekly –