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Carey Rigby-Wilcox
Box 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 years attending school. After receiving her high school diploma with a very low literacy level, she came to a crossroad where she knew she needed to improve her literacy level, not only for herself but for her unborn child.

    The only way she would overcome this issue was to receive help from a literacy tutor. Every Sunday, for over 20 years, Carey and her tutor have met for three to four hours to practice reading together. Once a shy, insecure person with low literacy, she now shows 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 illustrator. Carey has given numerous keynote presentations, speeches, and workshops on literacy issues to local organizations, as well as to provincial and federal governments. Her passion to be an advocate for literacy has even taken her to Parliament.

    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 highest achievement to date is her self-published book My Mummy Couldn't Read. Written and illustrated by Carey, it describes her personal challenges with literacy. This was her second book in her See a Book Take a Look Series and it was short-listed for the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards Book of the Year.


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


  • 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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