Positive reviews of literary project involving Canadian students and award-winning authors lead to second edition

January 28, 2013

Ottawa….Through its Imagineaction program, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is pleased to partner once again with the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU), the Public Lending Right Commission (PLRC) and Indigo Books & Music in the project called Listen, I read – 2nd edition.

Teachers are invited to send in their applications as of today and can do so online at www.imagine-action.ca. Registration is free and open to all Canadian teachers. There are a limited number of opportunities, so please register early.

Listen, I read aims to:

  • promote contemporary Canadian literature and reading;
  • acquaint students with literacy issues; and
  • use the arts to help youth find their voices as citizens.

“The initiative was a tremendous success last year involving over 1,000 students from Grades 1 to 12 in 38 schools across Canada reading books and connecting with 18 different authors who are recipients of the highly esteemed Governor General’s Literary Awards,” says CTF President Paul Taillefer. “We were delighted to read the teachers’ positive evaluations in which they claim the initiative provided students with authentic learning.”

More information in this short article and video.

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the CTF, the CCU and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Listen, I read project was originally launched in 2011 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Public Lending Right Commission, the 75th anniversary of the Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGs), the UN International Year of Youth and the UN Literacy Decade.

The CTF Imagineaction program aims to engage young people in social action projects tied to their school and local communities. More information: www.imagine-action.ca



CTF President Paul Taillefer (contact Francine Filion, CTF, 613-688-4314)


Pauline Théoret, Program Officer, Imagineaction, 613-688-4303

Lolita Boudreault, Writer-Editor, Canada Council for the Arts,
613-566-4414, ext. 4557, 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4557