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About Little Red Reading House

Our heritage house is a place devoted to promoting a love of reading and early literacy.

The house is a real place

Little Red Reading House is a two-story house in a historic Calgary neighbourhood. It’s a place you can visit so children can experience the joy of reading in an environment created for that sole purpose.

We’re part of a bigger story

Little Red Reading House was created by Calgary Reads — a Calgary-based non-profit that has been advocating for early literacy and distributing books to children since 2001.

Visiting the house

Our reading house is bright, colourful, and full of books. Visits are by appointment only.

Book a time to read

Share the magic of reading by bringing a group of up to 5 to the Little Red Reading House. During COVID-19, you’ll have the entire house to yourselves for each hour you book.

Play a game together

Do you love puzzles? We have a house-sized game for families that puts you inside a story and challenges you to solve a mystery.

Become a member

Enjoy a place of reading magic even more with special discounts, early event access & a beautiful welcome kit to kickstart your family reading fun!

Community Partners

Little Red Reading House is supported by the generosity of community partners.

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The Book Bank

We give new and like-new books to every child who visits Little Red Reading House. Those books are provided by the Calgary Reads Book Bank.

Research shows that one in four Canadian children don’t own books, and that having books at home dramatically increases a child’s enthusiasm and confidence in reading.

Where the books go

In 2020, more than 50,000 books from the Book Bank were distributed through Calgary Reads programs and initiatives, and the following community organizations:

YYC Food Bank

Habitat for Humanity

CanLearn Society

Children’s Cottage

CUPS

Families Matter

Discovery House

The Alex

Miskanawah

Village Square

Community Hub

YW Sheriff King

Wood’s Homes

Highbanks Society

Hull Services

Catholic Family Services

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