- More than 500,000 children are expected to participate in this year's
TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Grade one students across Canada will
receive a gift this month to help encourage and instill the joy of
reading at a young age. TD Bank Group and the Canadian Children's Book
Centre (CCBC) are distributing more than 500,000 copies of I've Lost My Cat, written and illustrated by Philippe Béha as part of the 13th annual TD Grade One Book Giveaway program. The TD Grade One Book
Giveaway is the largest free book distribution program to school-aged
children in Canada. The program has distributed more than five million
books to grade one students coast-to-coast since its inception.
This year's selection, I've Lost My Cat is a delightful tale about a young boy who loses his cat - he's round,
he's cute, he's yellow, black and white, and his name is Greyling. The
boy's friends all try to find Greyling and they bring the young boy all
sorts of animals that somewhat match the description of his cat.
"When writing and illustrating I've Lost My Cat, I imagined children laughing and turning the pages," says Philippe
Béha. "However, I never would have thought that over 500,000 children
would get the opportunity to do that, which is a real joy for me! I'm
very happy to be part of the TD Grade One Book Giveaway program, which
promotes greater access to children's literature."
"TD is passionate about children's literacy, and this program allows us
to help inspire children to discover a love for reading and hopefully,
build strong reading habits in the future," says Frank McKenna, TD Bank
Group's Deputy Chair and Literacy Champion. "It is our hope that by
owning a copy of an enchanting book like I've Lost My Cat, it will help get grade one students excited about reading at an early
"We are grateful to TD for their support and dedication to children's
literacy and the opportunity to positively impact so many children
across the country," says Charlotte Teeple, Executive Director,
Canadian Children's Book Centre. "We hope that I've Lost My Cat encourages the imaginations of young children across Canada."
Together, the CCBC and TD share the dedication to improving literacy
among Canada's children. To learn more about the TD Grade One Book
Giveaway and other children's literature initiatives through the CCBC,
TD Community Giving
TD Bank Group invests in communities to make a positive impact where it
does business and where our customers, clients and employees live and
work. In 2011, TD Bank Group donated over $66 million to support
community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United
Kingdom. In Canada, we focus on Education and Financial Literacy,
Creating Opportunities for Young People, and the Environment. For more
information, visit www.td.com/corporateresponsibility.
About The Canadian Children's Book Centre
The Canadian Children's Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit
organization and registered charity founded in 1976 to promote, support
and encourage the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books
for children and teens. With book collections and extensive resources
in five cities across Canada, the CCBC is a treasure-trove for anyone
interested in Canadian books for young readers. For more information,
please visit www.bookcentre.ca.
SOURCE: TD Bank Group
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