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Canada Reads 2012

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Julie Wilson (aka @BookMadam) and I recently exchanged our Canada Reads predictions in sealed envelopes:

As part of the exchange, we described to each other the charitable causes we were supporting as part of this exercise (see below). We then had an intriguing chat about the rationale for our predictions, without giving our choices away. It’s an interesting way to defend your choices, without giving them a way – try it!

Julie has selected Books With Wings as her challenge charitable cause.

Books with Wings is a literacy project which provides new picture books for First Nations children residing in isolated Canadian communities. The organization is currently working with Abraham Beardy school in Shamattawa, Manitoba. The school is located approximately 1300 km north of Winnipeg, and the children there are in great need of literature. The project currently receives support from Toronto nursery schools, where books are collected, and from other philanthropic organizations committed to improving literacy rates in First Nations communities, such as the Dreamcatcher Fund, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, First Book, and Books With Wings’ corporate sponsor, Hugo Boss. Books with Wings has recently expanded to other First Nations schools in the NWT and in BC, and hopes to one day achieve national scope.

You can learn more about Books With Wings via their web site ( and their Facebook page.

I’ve selected Neighbourhood Link as my challenge charitable cause.

Neighbourhood Link Support Services is a non-profit social service agency working to help people primarily in the east Toronto community to live independently and with dignity. Since 1975, with the assistance of staff and volunteers, they have helped more than 20,000 people annually across a range of ages and groups, including seniors, new Canadians, children and youth, employment seekers and the homeless. Reading and literacy are vital components of many of Neighbourhood Link’s programs and services.

You can learn more about Neighbourhood Link via their web site ( and you can follow them on Twitter.


On February 10th, 2012, Julie and I did our Canada Reads predictions reveal.

Our predictions scoring system accounted for the order in which the books were voted off, with a bonus for predicting the winner. The accountants at Price Waterhouse determined that although our Canada Reads predictions differed, Julie (aka @BookMadam) and I scored a … tie! That meant that both of our charities – Neighbourhood Link & Books With Wings – won our Canada Reads challenge. Neat, eh?

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