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Rainforest of Reading on Saint Lucia TV

During Rainforest of Reading week there’s no time to watch televison at the end of a day but local broadcasters are only too happy to capture the sight and sounds of 8,000 excited young readers. Here’s how DBS ​“This Morning” show captured Sonya on camera in 2018 and 2017.

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Find 52: National Relays Raise over $72,ooo

National Relays in St. Lucia Raise Over $72,000 I’m constantly amazed how so many people are willing to go the distance! Sonya White GUELPH — February 24, 2019. The last two years have seen many Ontario elementary and secondary schools, literacy advocates, running clubs, corporate sponsors, foundations, friends and supporters really take big steps for literacy development by supporting our National Relays in St. Lucia. All to help raise funds for the Rain...

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Rainforest of Reading in St. Lucia: 2018

ST. LUCIA CELEBRATES FESTIVAL’S FIFTH ANNIVERSARY: MARCH 12 – 16, 2018 Each year we look for the essential ingredients of great stories. This year, we’ve combined important human themes of inclusion and diversity with not-so-inhuman monsters, dragons and pirates. 2018 may be the most exciting mix yet created by Canadian storytellers! Sonya White GUELPH — October 28, 2017. The long list was long indeed: Canadian publishers sent 150 titles to OneWorld Schoolhouse Executive Director Sonya White. But after...

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Life is too deep for words so don't try to describe it, just live it.

C. S. Lewis
Author, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Challenging literacy development
Although English is the official language of St. Lucia, Krewyol is spoken as much or more outside the classroom.

I read. I travel. I become.

St. Lucian author & 1992 Nobel Laureate
Out of this world
After reading "Postcards from Outer Space' a student in Montserrat is inspired to be the next Chris Hadfield.

Too many people grow up. That's the trouble with the world.


All I know is what I have words for.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

It is by acts and not ideals that people live.

Author (1844-1924)

Start some kind words on its travels. There is no telling where the good it may do will stop.

Sir Wilfred Grenfell
Humanitarian, Medical Missionary (1865-1940)
Find 52: The Road to Reading in Grenada
In February 2015, Richard ran right around Grenada, a distance of 52 miles. 52 "Mile Captains" raised $40,000.

If we want to make this world a better place, then we have to become better ourselves. There is no easy route.


Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

Philosopher, Psychologist (1842-1910)
And the Winner in Montserrat is....
Marlaina White (Left) announces the Second Annual Rainforest of Reading Award to Illustrator Jan Dolby (Middle) and Author Joyce Grant for "Gabby."

At the moment that we persuade a child, any child to cross...that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever.


The future is always beginning now. Each moment is a place you've never been.

Poet (1934-2014)

Reading brings us unknown friends.

Novelist (1799-1850)

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.

Author (1810-1889)
It's a long story
Books packed by kids in Ontario for their peers in the Caribbean travel 1,800 kilometres by road then another 5,275 kilometres by container ship.

Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.

Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006)

If you get the right [words] in the right order, you might nudge the world a little.

Sir Tom Stoppard

If you believe what you can, quite literally, believe anything.

Professor, Philosopher (1912-1991)