BCLCILA is the provincial council of the International Literacy Association (an organization of nearly 100,000 members dedicated to the improvement of reading instruction and the promotion of lifetime reading habits) and is affiliated with the Canadian Network of International Literacy Association Councils (CNILAC).


Executive 2019-2020
Posted on October 12th 2019

Annual General Meeting

Place:  David Livingstone Elementary School (315 East 23rd Avenue, Vancouver) Library

Date:  October 2, 2019

Time:  4:00 pm


Congratulations to the Executive Committee for 2019-2010

Past President – Mike Bowden (appointed)- District Principal Indigenous Education, Kamloops, B.C.

President – Carrie Froese – Principal David Livingstone Elementary School

Vice-President – Linda Klassen – Principal Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School

Membership Secretary – Kelly Patrick - Librarian at Point Grey Secondary School, VSB

Secretary – Polly Dobie - English Teacher at Point Grey Secondary School, VSB

Treasurer – Garth Brooks – retired / long time ILA member, actively planning and participating in ReadingBC events


Recommendation for Provincial Coordinator:  Karen Addie - Elementary Resource teacher at York House


Thanks to the others who put their names forward for the election.  Your efforts towards building a literacy presence in British Columbia through the BCLCILA are very much appreciated.

Outreach Update from Uganda
Posted on April 23rd 2016

Check out Honey Halpern's update on the Stand Tall School in Uganda under the outreach tab.  Excited about the ReadingBC contribution to this worthwhile project.

Promoting Cultural Awareness
Posted on April 23rd 2016

Donna McCormick chaired a RedingBC literacy project in 2011 that is every bit as relevant today.  Find Promoting Cultural Awareness in B.C. through the Use of Children's Literature under the Literature Project tab.  It would be the basis for a great application for funding from ReadingBC.

Kids' LitQuiz Canada
Posted on February 15th 2016

Four students from Tecumseh Elementary School recently placed 3rd in the Kids' Lit Quiz National competition in Toronto, Ontario.  A Toronto team will be heading to New Zealand to compete in the World Competition 2016.  See details in Inquire2Empower blog post (carriefroese.wordpress.com).  

This competition does not have a reading list.  It encourages wide reading and celebrates books.  Next year the National competition is in Calgary, Alberta and the world competition will be in Toronto, Ontario.  Check it out.  You may want to enter a team.

Special Thanks to Vancouver Kidsbooks for their moral and financial support for both the provincial competition and supporting the BC winners in their competition in Toronto.  

Vancouver Educators Get Involved
Posted on January 5th 2016

The project, Global Literacy Friendships, connects children from a grade six classroom in Vancouver and children in a no-fee paying school, Stand Tall Elementary Training Center, in Kampala, Uganda. (standtallelementary.org). ReadingBC (The British Columbia Literacy Council of the International Reading Association) will provide the funding for non-fiction books for use in Kampala classrooms. Children in a Vancouver School will provide strategy demonstrations through videotaped lessons for teachers and students in Uganda.