About YABS

For over 25 years, YABS has been an advocate for children's literacy in Alberta


Our mission is "to foster literacy and a love of reading among young people in Alberta by providing access to the province's literary artists and their work." YABS has brought together a diverse pool of talented Albertan authors, illustrators and storytellers who dedicate themselves to enriching the lives of children and youth through the literary arts.


Low literacy is linked to poverty, crime, disadvantage, and exclusion. Literacy is the foundation for a lifetime of learning, communicating, academic success, and meaningful employment. We strive to give Alberta's children and youth the basis for the quality of life they deserve. We are committed to creating opportunities for Alberta's children to be inspired by the province's literary artists. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience the arts to discover their creativity and imagination and to develop strong literacy skills. Every child in Alberta, regardless of location or socio-economic status, should experience the joy of reading and writing.

Office Hours

Office hours are generally 8:30am to 4:30pm. However, the office does experience occasional fluctuation in hours as well as closures to accommodate meetings and events. If you're planning to pay us a visit, please consider calling ahead to ensure someone will be in to receive you.