Dr. Seuss once wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Today, De Beers Canada donated 700 children’s books to Stanton Territorial Hospital. The books will be given to young families throughout the year in what is being called the ‘Books for Babies‘ program.

De Beers’ Gahcho Kué Mine General Manager Allan Rodel said the program was a natural extension of the previous ‘Books in Homes’ program that began 15 years ago.

It is all about building a legacy through educating generations. We have seen the tremendous response to our De Beers Books in Homes program in students from kindergarten right through to Grade 12, so we felt we could also make a positive impact regarding the value and love of reading by providing these terrific books for younger children in the Northwest Territories as well.

Families will receive one of two books by Tłı̨chǫ author Richard Van Camp: ‘Welcome Song for Baby‘ and ‘Little You‘.

Van Camp said he’s pleased his work can be experienced by a generation of readers.

A family that reads together grows together in the most wonderful ways and I am grateful my words will be with families across the north as they grow and dream together. I hope every family has much happiness and fun singing and reading and snuggling and cuddling and kissing and giving thanks every day for all of our children, as they bloom so beautifully into the full miracles that they are.