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Who we are



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


- We develop family literacy and learning programs in partnership with community organizations and parents

- We train people to facilitate programs for families in their communities

- We deliver programs for parents and children in partnership with community organizations

- We promote awareness of the importance of family literacy and learning in the early years


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

Holiday Hours

Our office will be closed on December 24 to 26, December 31 and January 1 and 2.

Happy Holidays!

Family Learning Olympics kits

Are you planning a family event for Family Literacy Day, I Love to Read month in February or another occasion?

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 Gi Miini 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.