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November 17, 2011
For immediate release

Grade 1 students receive free book

Tourism and Culture

The Prince Edward Island Public Library Service is distributing a free book to every Grade 1 student in the province to help foster a love of reading thanks to TD Bank and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, says Tourism and Culture Minister Robert Henderson.

“Developing literacy skills at an early age creates life-long benefits,” said the minister. “Our libraries play an important role in promoting literacy and are pleased to ensure this generous donation is distributed to Island children.”

Each fall TD Bank partners with the Canadian Children’s Book Centre to give every Grade 1 student in Canada a free paperback picture book, available in English and French.

This year each child will receive a copy of Gifts – or Cadeaux – written by Jo Ellen Bogart and illustrated by Barbara Reid.

Written in verse, the story tells the tale of a grandmother travelling around the globe and searching for the unusual gifts her granddaughter has requested, including a piece of the sky and an iceberg on a string.

Media Contact: Mary Moszynski
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