Registered Name: Young Alberta Book Society

Business Number: 105774632RR0001

Our Mission

To foster literacy and a love of reading among young people in Alberta through exposure to Alberta literary artists and their work.


The Young Alberta Book Society celebrated our 35th of literacy advocacy in Alberta in 2019. Our mandate is to get school-aged children and teenagers excited about reading, writing, illustrating and storytelling. We provide an exciting mix of programming that offers something for every school aged child and teenager in Alberta. Our signature event is Taleblazers, a month long touring festival that puts some of Alberta's finest professional authors, illustrators and storytellers for young people in schools and libraries across the province. Our other programs are Story Avenue, writing workshops for inner city school children grades 5-6 in Edmonton; two Wordpower tours, reaching students in rural communities; the Dr. Charles Allard Win-a-Literary-Artist Program; and the Martyn Godfrey Young Writers Award. We house The Alberta Collection, a lending library of children's and youth books by Albertans.

What People Are Saying

"Author visits encourage students to dream, to try new things, to think about something in a new way, to believe in themselves and what they could accomplish. It helps our students to feel important. Who knows what will be triggered within a student and what it will spur them on to do in the future!"

— Librarian, Killam Public School

"Literary artist visits inspire our patrons of all ages to share stories, check out books, tell their own tales, and be creative with their words, voices, and illustrations. "

— Program Co-ordinator, Camrose Public Library

"Having a real author come and speak to the students about their experiences in school, and the struggles they have as a writer is so inspiring for students. When students are told by an author that they all have stories to tell encourages them in their writing."

— Taleblazers host, Lamont School

"Since Marty Chan's visit, we have had several teachers notice an improvement in their student’s writing. Students are using his advice to include more thoughtful and engaging details in their work."

— Teacher, Ardrossan Elementary

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