The Hospital Activity Book for Children began in 1995 as an idea when our publishing company was donating children’s videos and books to the local hospital. We noticed how important it was to keep children’s minds occupied at a very difficult time. The book became an instant success through community and business support. The book distribution base has expanded over the years to include hospitals, medical service units, pediatric centres, victim service units and many other services – wherever kids are in need of a healthy distraction during a challenging time.
These books are designed with the assistance of our Editorial Advisory Panel, which includes Child Life Specialists from the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton and Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. This ensures that the activities in the book target children between the ages of 2 – 12 years old. The book is designed for professionals and parents to communicate with children about their thoughts, fears, and concerns while experiencing critical situations. The activities ranges from simple dot-to-dot and colouring pages, to more advanced puzzles, providing a wide range of activities for a variety of ages. Even in today’s world, with all the latest technology, it is more important than ever for children to have and hold a tangible book.
Over the years, we have formed partnerships with many hospitals and foundations. These partnerships allow for funding allocation needed to research childhood illness and disease, as well as the purchasing of lifesaving equipment. In 2012, we formed our largest partnership, becoming a national Platinum Sponsor with Make-A-Wish Canada. Which has recently merged with the Children’s Wish Foundation. As proud partners with Make-A-Wish, we contribute yearly to help make wishes comes true, with our donations exceeding $800,000 since 2012. Our donations to the Sick Kids Foundation and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation exceed beyond $500,000 since partnering with them in 2005.
The Hospital Activity Book for Children has been successful for over 25 years because of the generous support of our sponsors and local businesses within the community. The activity books are distributed within designated regions, keeping the sponsorships local and relevant to the businesses who support this book. Sponsoring businesses are given the opportunity to include their well wish to the children, acknowledging their support to the families in care.