First Book Canada Marketplace Goes “Live in Canada”

TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2012 /CNW/ – First Book Canada today launches its latest innovation for getting new books and educational resources into the hands of children in need: The First Book Canada Marketplace. This online resource centre offers brand new, high quality children’s and young adult books at low cost, exclusively to schools and programs serving children in low-income communities. Breaking down barriers to book ownership, First Book Canada improves access to new books for children in need, significantly impacting the quality of their education.

First Book Canada addresses one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. Working with publishing partners, an ever expanding network of volunteers and book recipient groups, First Book Canada provides educators and community program leaders in high-need communities with unprecedented access to free and low-cost books. Since 2009, First Book Canada has distributed more than 500,000 new books to Canadian children in need through large-scale donations by its publishing partners.

The First Book Canada Marketplace that goes live today gives educators in high-need communities access to an astonishing array of new, high-quality books at prices 50% to 90% below retail. Included in the price are all shipping and handling costs. Using the same award-winning social enterprise model developed by First Book in the United States, the First Book Canada Marketplace offers more than 2,000 titles including works from some of Canada’s best loved authors. Book recipient groups that sign up with First Book Canada will now have access to many classics as well as books used in school curriculums at deeply discounted prices.

The First Book Canada Marketplace will offer children in need access to more and better books, helping to open worlds of possibilities for them. “We believe that when a child holds a book and experiences the joy a story brings, it will awaken a passion for learning that delivers on the promise of a better life,” states Tom Best, Executive Director. Schools and community-based programs registered with First Book Canada can rely on a steady stream of new books for the children they serve, thanks, in large part, to the many publishing partners working with First Book Canada to ensure that books are a part of every child’s life.

Click to learn more about First Book Canada and the First Book Canada Marketplace.

Please contact Tom Best, Executive Director at or 866-393-1222 ext. 0130 or Wayne Cochrane, Director of Operations at or 866-393-1222 ext. 0155 for more information.

About First Book Canada
First Book Canada provides new books and educational resources to schools and community-based programs serving children from low income families. By making new, high quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book Canada is transforming the lives of children and elevating the quality of education in Canada. Since 2009 First Book Canada has distributed over 500,000 new books to children in need across the country. All funds raised in Canada go to programs serving Canadian children from low income families. To register as a book recipient group visit us at and follow our latest news on Twitter and Facebook.

SOURCE: First Book Canada

For further information:

Tom Best, Executive Director, First Book Canada,, Cell # +1-416-949-0056, +1-866-393-1222 Ext 0130


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