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Bookmates is a Manitoba based non-profit organization established in 1984 that promotes and supports family literacy through these activities:


  • Developing family literacy and learning programs in partnership with community organizations and parents

  • Training people to facilitate programs for families in their own communities

  • Providing programs for groups of parents and children through the support of a community organization

  • Promoting awareness of family literacy and learning in Manitoba and beyond


Our programs are ideal for family resource centres, child care facilities, schools, libraries and other organizations that care about families, and are designed to enhance the learning of young children, their parents and other caregivers.

Growing Up Green

Families enjoying activities from our "Growing Up Green" program at Wolseley Family Place and Dufferin Parent/Child/Family Centre.

New funding for family literacy announced!

The Royal Bank donates $50,000 to support family literacy training delivered by Bookmates, in partnership with the Imagination Library. The grant will also promote awareness of the importance of reading with children.

It’s Bookmates’ 30th anniversary!

We were incorporated as a registered charity on May 2, 1984. This year marks thirty years of developing and delivering early learning and literacy programs and training across our province and beyond. Thank you to our many community partners for their valued support over the years - we look forward to our continued collaboration.

The Very READ-y Project

The Very READ-y Project is a collaborative family literacy initiative of Bookmates and Manidoo Gii Mini Gonaan Inc. that supports the early learning community and families living in the Point Douglas neighbourhood of Winnipeg. With the generous support of The Winnipeg Foundation, the goal is to increase school readiness by introducing young children and their families to focused and intentional speech, language and literacy programming in a variety of community settings, while building on existing strengths.