Volunteer with Reading with Newcomer Children

IBBY Canada invites you to share your love of reading! Volunteer with Reading with Newcomer Children.

Reading with Newcomer Children began in-person in 2018 as Readers and Refugees and, since its inception, has served hundreds of refugee and immigrant children ages 6-12. The program moved to a virtual format during the pandemic — and we are looking forward to in-person reading starting up again across Canada in the fall.

Please learn more about the formation of the program — and the volunteer experience reading live — by checking out this archival IBBY Canada e-newsletter on the formation of the program. You will be inspired!

Books build connections between the reader and the listener and between the listener and the story. Reaching out to refugee children with books has added a new dimension to my life, and helped me to see beyond the covers of books I thought I knew so well.

– Theo Heras, children’s librarian and author, former member of the IBBY Canada board, and volunteer reader

We are recruiting approximately 20 volunteers to join current volunteers in reading with children ages 5-12 in Toronto. Volunteers are currently required for:

Three COSTI locations:

  • COSTI Temporary Shelter 1: Hwy 27 and Dixon Road, Etobicoke (Near Pearson International Airport)
  • COSTI Temporary Shelter 2: Hwy 401 and Dixon Road, Etobicoke (Near Pearson International Airport)
  • COSTI Temporary Shelter 3: Hwy 401 and Victoria Park, Scarborough

Christie Refugee Welcome Centre

  • 43 Christie St, Toronto


  • Be fully vaccinated; follow agency public health protocols
  • Commitment to a six week session beginning in October 2022
    • Sessions will be approximately one hour in length, in the late afternoon or early evening with the day of the week (Mondays – Thursday) to be confirmed
  • Vulnerable sector screening
    • ** Please note: Toronto Police Service is estimating a two week review and approval process from the date the information is received. This applies to residents of Toronto whose postal codes begin with M
    • For further information, please visit the Toronto Police Service website.
  • Participate in an IBBY Canada training orientation scheduled for Thursday, September 15th at 7:00pm ET
  • Participate in agency-specific volunteer orientation / complete agency-specific volunteer forms
  • Membership in IBBY Canada
  • A love of reading!

If you are interested in volunteering in-person, please contact Marcela Mangerelli, Co-Chair, Reading with Newcomer Children at marcelam@doubledutchbooks.com by September 9th. Also, please indicate if you prefer a specific location.