Chinook Books for Babies

Chinook Books for Babies is a family literacy program which recognizes, celebrates and supports parents as their children’s first teachers. Books for Babies encourages parents to read to their children early in life, as birth to 2-3 years is an important window of opportunity for the brain to develop language skills.
Books for Babies is a unique partnership between community literacy organizations, Alberta Health Services, and Chinook Arch Regional Library System and its member libraries, to provide every newborn baby in the region with a baby-friendly reading kit.  The kit includes a delightful bookbag containing suitable books to share with your child, a few tips to help make reading fun for the whole family, and suggestions on some good books to share with your baby. For more information, visit the Chinook Books for Babies website.

What are the Benefits?

The benefits of a family literacy program like Books for Babies are many!  Here are just a few:

  • Families are shown how to make reading a pleasurable and valued activity.
  • Reading together nurtures and helps strengthen parent-child bonds.
  • Reading together encourages a positive attitude toward life-long learning.
  • Some parents who need to increase their literacy skills may seek help in adult literacy programs for the sake of their children.
  • Provides fun for the entire family.


Books to Share With Your Baby


Support Chinook Books for Babies

We rely on donations and grants to continue our work.  All new parents in the region receive a book bag kit at no cost. For some families these are the only books the children have at home. If you are able to help us continue this worthwhile pgoram and would like to make a financial donation, please click here.


Thank You to our Partners and Supporters:

  • Participating Community Literacy Organizations and their supporters
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Chinook Arch Regional Library System & participating libraries
  • Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission