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WINNIPEG, Oct. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Award-winning author Jo Ellen Bogart and illustrator/plasticine artist Barbara Reid join grade one students from Principal Sparling School to read Gifts, a book that explores a young girl and her grandmother's shared imagination for travel souvenirs.

Over 500,000 copies of Bogart and Reid's book were distributed this month to grade one students across Canada in the 12th year of the TD Grade One Book Giveaway. The program, a joint initiative between TD Bank Group and the Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC), is the largest free book distribution program to school-aged children in Canada with nearly 5 million books provided to date.

Passionate about inspiring curiosity and literacy in Canada's youth, Bogart and Reid, are on the sixth stop in their reading tour across Canada.

What: TD Grade One Book Giveaway Event
Where: West End Library
999 Sargent Avenue
When: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Who: Jo Ellen Bogart, Author of Gifts
Barbara Reid, Illustrator of Gifts
Grade One Students from Principal Sparling School

Photo opportunities are available during the reading and media interviews will follow.

For further information, visit the TD Grade One Book Giveaway website at

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