You may have already heard about Books with no Bounds, founded by Oakville teen sisters and ardent readers, Julia and Emma. If you haven't, and particularly if you live in Ontario, I'd like to call your attention to their cause: a book drive sending much-needed books to aboriginal young people in Northern Ontario.
In a Facebook post Julia and Emma explained: (First Nations) Regional Chief Stan Beardy once told us that First Nation kids sometimes grow up owning only one book their whole lives. Many of these kids are also four to five years behind in literacy skills.
That this is happening in our province is to our deep shame. But Julia and Emma are on a mission to change these conditions. We can help them in their aim "to fill the shelves of the children's homes and school libraries."
So far Books with no Bounds has sent 12,500 books to the northern communities of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, but they're not done yet. Shipments are continuing four times a year. Last weekend I donated several copies of my own books and if you're an Ontario reader/writer/concerned resident, please consider doing the same.