Who We Are

Books With Wings

Books With Wings is a Toronto not-for-profit organization which sends brand new picture books and personal letters to First Nations children in isolated Canadian communities.

We aim to encourage early literacy skills in children who do not have access to books of their own, and to educate donors on the existing literacy-related challenges that affect indigenous children.

What We Do

Books With Wings seeks to fill children’s homes with a variety of colourful, high-interest titles on everything from hockey, to art, to superheroes. We send lots of graphic novels too!

We also aim to inspire dialogue, reflection, and the development of literacy skills by encouraging the children to share their thoughts and opinions on their storybooks with us.

Why We Do It

Books With Wings was founded on the premise that literacy and education are crucial to improving the lives of First Nations children.

There are no public libraries or bookstores on isolated reserves, so we seek to fill this gap by giving the children their own little library at home.

How We Do It

We are an entirely voluntary not-for-profit organization. We have no administrative fees: our budget is exclusively based on the acquisition of materials and their transportation, so if you’d like to make a donation, 100% of your gift will go directly to a First Nations child.

We are always looking for new Toronto schools or organizations to partner with, so please contact us if you would like to work together.

Our Children

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Our Partners

  • Perimeter Aviation
    Perimeter Aviation

    We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Manitoba-based independent…

  • More book donations
    More book donations

    Once again, we would like to thank First Book Canada for providing us with sever…

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Our Inspiration

Books With Wings was created in memory of Sarah Holmes (1972 – 2009), who dedicated her life to helping children in need, and to her family and friends.

She is an inspiration to all of us. May her memory be kept alive in every book we send. Read More..

We read to know we are not alone.
– C.S. Lewis