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Carey Rigby-Wilcox
Comp 71, Site 707, RR7
Saskatoon SK  S7K 1N2



  • Carey Rigby-Wilcox is a committed literacy learner, activist, volunteer, business owner, illustrator, and author who is deeply dedicated to promoting literacy at the local, provincial, and national levels. Carey struggled with reading and writing throughout her school years. After receiving her high school diploma; with a very low literacy level, Carey came to a crossroads. She knew she needed to improve her literacy level, not only for herself, but also for her unborn child. The only way she would overcome this issue was to receive help from a literacy tutor. Every Sunday, for over 23 years, Carey and her tutor have met for three to four hours to practice reading together. Once a shy, insecure person with low literacy, Carey now demonstrates how learning to read has expanded her life and created a great sense of confidence. Carey is committed to spreading the word about the importance of literacy and the barriers an adult learner faces. She travels across Canada sharing the importance of learning to read, and how exciting it is to be an award-winning author and illustrator. Carey has presented numerous keynote presentations and speeches at various events. Her passion as an advocate for literacy has taken her to provincial and federal governments and even to Parliament. Carey now offers literacy workshops, in-class readings and continues to be a powerful speaker. Carey is the recipient of the Saskatchewan Council of the Federation of Literacy Award (2006), the Canada Post Literacy Award for Achievement in Learning (2001), and the Saskatchewan Literacy Award of Merit (1999). She was also nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award. Her self-published autobiographical children’s book “My Mummy Couldn't Read’ was short-listed for the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards Book of the Year and her newest book ‘My Dad Couldn’t Read’ received a Bronze Medal from the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Award in the Reading/Literacy category!


  • Fiction » Children's Literature—Picture Books, Children's Writing—Young Adult, Literary
  • Non-Fiction » Autobiography


  • My Dad Couldn't Read. See a Book Take a Look, 2014
  • Relentless Journeys; Literacy Stories Shared by Three Women in Canada. See a Book Take a Look, 2011
  • A Song to Sing: Written by Shannon Wright and illustrated by Carey Rigby-Wilcox. See a Book Take a Look, 2011
  • My Mummy Couldnt Read. See a Book Take a Look, 2007
  • Ten Little Ladybugs in my Jar. See a Book Take a Look, 2006
  • I believe in Fairies: Written by Kathy Hirst and illustrated by Carey Rigby-Wilcox. See a Book Take a Look, 2006
  • A Wish for You: Written by Katrina Ham and illustrated by Carey Rigby-Wilcox. See a Book Take a Look, 2006

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Secondary School (10-12)
    • Middle School (6-9)
    • Elementary School (K-5)
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