The purpose of the organization is to promote children's literacy in our community.

The Children’s Literature Roundtable is a national organization devoted to sharing quality children’s books.  The Grande Prairie CLRT is one of eleven chapters in Canada. 

Local teachers Cheryl Connery and Pat Molyneaux started the Grande Prairie chapter in 1989.  Very soon after, Linda Smith, who was then the children’s librarian at the Grande Prairie Public Library (and a future author) became involved in getting the local chapter off the ground.  The Grande Prairie chapter has since operated continuously.

We are best known for our Partnership Approach to Literacy (PAL) program, in which we matched reluctant readers with teen or adult mentors to make reading fun.  More than 900 children became more engaged and confident readers through PAL.  Sadly, after seven successful years, we discontinued the program in 2005 due to funding issues.

We continue, however, to share our passion for literature by promoting literacy in and around Grande Prairie. We often work in collaboration with the Grande Prairie Public Library, Peace Library System, Grande Prairie Regional College, Grande Prairie Public Schools, Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools and the Peace Wapiti School District.

We have five main programs:
  • Family Literacy Day
    Annually, we co-ordinate local activities for national Family Literacy Day on January 27.
  • Information Book Award
    Along with members from other chapters across Canada, we vote on the best non-fiction book for children,  written in English by a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.  The Information Book Award is chosen each year.
  • Author Visits
    Each year we bring a Canadian literary artist -- a children’s author, illustrator or storyteller --  to Grande Prairie to tour local schools and the public library. 
  • Books for Classrooms
    Our goal is to get kids reading high quality books that they will enjoy, and we would like to meet this goal by providing a selection of great children’s books to ten deserving classrooms.
  • 100 Nights of Reading
    Started in 2011, 100 Nights of Reading is a family reading program in which we will be seeking Grande Prairie families to commit to reading for at least 15 minutes a day for 100 consecutive nights.  Is your family up to the challenge?