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Research & Resources

The first National Reading Summit (Reading and Democracy – Toronto, ON) examined reading from an international perspective and looked at the links between reading and engaged citizenship. Over two days, delegates heard from an impressive line-up of speakers from across the country and around the world, who shared their research and experience in developing reading promotion programs. Brazil, Netherlands, Mexico, USA, UK, and Canada were all represented. Discussions explored what it means to be a reader in a democratic society.

Between these sessions, Summit attendees (in person and via web) were asked to brainstorm on various questions including “What do we want a Canadian Reading Plan to look like?” and “What are the key outcomes you would want to see from a Canadian Reading Program?” Delegates broke into working groups and, with the help of a facilitator, explored next steps.


Ana Maria Machado - Children’s Author; Hans Christen Andersen winner; President, Brazilian Academy of Letters
Ingrid Bon - Vice-Chair, National Council of Children’s Libraries
Elisa Bonilla - Head, Fundación SM México
Richard C. Anderson - Center for the Study of Reading, University of Illinois
Cory Doctorow - Author
Charles Pascal - Special Advisor to the Premier of Ontario on Early Learning
Patsy Aldana - National Reading Campaign Steering Committee
David Booth - Chair of Literacy, Nipissing University; Professor Emeritus, U of T
Dionne Brand - Author
Camilla Gibb - Author
John Honderich - Chair of the Board of Torstar
Anosh Irani - Author
Annie Kidder - Executive Director and Founder, People for Education
Thomas King - Author
Raymond Mar - Professor of Psychology, York University
Carol McDougall - Founding Director of Read to Me!
Diane McGifford - Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy, Manitoba
Carol Off - Co-host of CBC Radio One’s As It Happens
Leeanna Pendergast - Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, Ontario
Daniel Poliquin - Author
Jane Pyper - City Librarian, Toronto Public Library
Bill Richardson - Writer and Broadcaster
Chris Spence - Educator, Author, former Canadian football player


  • Research
  • Establish necessary infrastructure to move this forward successfully.
  • Develop the Mission/Purpose, Vision, Goals, Implementation
  • Formulate a Marketing and Communications Plan
  • Advocacy Plan that leverages support for the Reading Plans
  • Ideas for the next Summit

Resources From the 2009 Summit