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NEWS: Nunavut March 17, 2014 - 3:28 pm

A bag o’ books for every newborn Nunavut child

“We want to give parents the tools they need”

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A selection of children's books published by Inhabit Media. (FILE PHOTO)
A selection of children's books published by Inhabit Media. (FILE PHOTO)

The Government of Nunavut will donate a tote bag full of books to every child born during the upcoming fiscal year, Education Minister Paul Quassa announced March 17.

“We want to give parents the tools they need to help them develop a strong teaching and learning relationship with their children as early as possible,” Quassa said in a minister’s statement.

Quassa said each “Baby’s First Library” tote bag will contain 11 bilingual books published by Inhabit Media.

To pay for the program, they’ll use money from the 2013-14 fiscal year and use the free book bags to promote a project called Literacy for Life.

“Research shows that reading to your children more than once a day when they are young has a positive impact on their future academic success,” Quassa said.

He also said the Nunavut education department is working with the Department of Family Services and the Department of Culture and Heritage to find ways of placing the book bags to make them accessible to more people.

Quassa said in his statement that he hopes the books-for-babies program will become “a continuing initiative.”

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