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TD Canadian Children's Book Week 2014

Saturday, May 3 - Saturday, May 10, 2014

Join us in celebrating TD Canadian Children's Book Week and bring the magic of books and reading to children all across Canada!

The next TD Canadian Children’s Book Week touring program will run from Saturday, May 3 to Saturday, May 10, 2014. Twenty-nine Canadian children’s authors, illustrator and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores across Canada throughout the week.

TD Canadian Children's Book Week is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children's books and the importance of reading. Over 25,000 children, teens and adults participate in activities held in every province and territory across the country. Hundreds of schools, public libraries, bookstores and community centres host events as part of this major literary festival.

This site contains valuable information about the history of Book Week; the plans for this year’s touring program; the costs involved in hosting a reading; information about the touring authors, illustrators and storytellers and the presentations they do; contact information for the Book Week Coordinators who are organizing the tours in your province or territory; and information about our popular Book Week materials which can be used to celebrate Canadian books in the classroom, library or at home.

TD Canadian Children's Book Week is organized by the Canadian Children's Book Centre, in partnership with the Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada, and is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and funders.

Experience the Magic of Book Week
In 2013, author Jennifer Lanthier visited schools and libraries in Labrador with her daughter, Nicola Lanthier-Rogers, during TD Canadian Children's Book Week. Nicola, an aspiring filmmaker, captured the true impact and importance of the Book Week tours in this beautiful short film.

Recently at Book Week

Tour Roster Announced for TD Book Week 2015

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is excited to announce the authors, illustrators and storytellers who will be touring for TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2015 (May 2 - 9, 2015).

TD Canadian Children's Book Week is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children's books and the importance of reading. Over 28,000 children, teens and adults participate in activities held in every province and territory across the country. Hundreds of schools, public libraries, bookstores and community centres host events as part of this major literary festival.

TD Book Week 2015: Call for Applications!

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The Canadian Children's Book Centre is looking for authors and/or illustrators with new children’s books being released in the period from Spring 2014 to Spring 2015 who are interested in touring schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres, outside of their home province, during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2015 (Saturday, May 2 to Saturday, May 9, 2015).

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

Authors and illustrators who are interested in touring should visit the Book Week website under ‘Information for Artists’ for complete application details and to download the application form.

TD Canadian Children's Book Week is a wonderful opportunity for authors and illustrators to promote their work to young readers across the country. The authors and illustrators who are chosen to tour for Book Week will be invited to give readings and/or workshops in schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores in the province/territory they are assigned to tour.

National Day of Honour

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week commemorates World War I’s centennial anniversary this year from May 3 to May 10 with the theme Read to Remember. Right now, 29 authors, illustrators and storytellers are touring the country to help celebrate children’s books and honour the impact of the war on Canada.

National Day of Honour takes place on Friday, May 9, to recognize and commemorate Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan. The National Day of Honour will be commemorated in Ottawa and across Canada with several events, including a parade that will begin at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, and travel along the Memorial Route to Parliament Hill.

Participate in National Day of Honour by taking a moment of silence on May 9 for the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of those who served in Afghanistan—as well as those who have fought for Canada in the past. For more activities and information, check the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week Theme Guide and the Goverment of Canada website.

Winners Announced for Book Week 2014 Writing Contest

TORONTO — May 7, 2014 — The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the winners of the Book Week 2014 Writing Contest for Kids & Teens. Over 500 entries were received from young writers in every province and territory across the country.

The national contest is a much-anticipated part of TD Canadian Children's Book Week — the largest celebration of Canadian books for young people in Canada, which is happening now (Saturday, May 3 to Saturday, May 10, 2014).

The winner from each grade will receive a $250 gift certificate for the bookstore of his or her choice. Two honourable mentions from each grade category will also receive $50 gift certificates.

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Celebrate TD Canadian Children's Book Week May 3-10, 2014

Toronto, ON – April 29, 2014 – The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is thrilled to announce the start of the 2014 TD Canadian Children’s Book Week, the largest celebration of Canadian books for young people in Canada. This year, TD Canadian Children’s Book Week celebrates the theme Read to Remember from May 3 – May 10, 2014 to honour the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

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Book Week Theme Guide: Read to Remember

Book Week Theme Guide 2014: Read to Remember

The 2014 Book Week theme guide is now available. It focuses on 70 books that explore Canada's involvement in past wars, as well as today’s wars, and provides activities for using these books in the classroom or library. Click here to access the theme guide.

Vimy Ridge Day Contest

The Vimy Ridge Contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted pictures, and congratulations to Fallingbrook Middle School for winning the draw! Click here to see the entries.

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is approaching (May 3-10, 2014) and the theme this year is Read to Remember. To inspire students in the weeks leading up to TD Book Week, the CCBC would like to honour Vimy Ridge Day on April 9th by encouraging children and teenagers to visit or create a war memorial in their community or school.

Send us a picture of a local cenotaph or war memorial statue and we will showcase these pictures on www.bookweek.ca. Alternatively, you can create a memorial at your school—students could make a paper project, a mural image, a wall of paper poppies, etc. Veterans Affairs Canada has suggestions for activities with younger children.

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TD Book Week Blog: I'm Going on Tour! Author Interviews

Matt James

1. How did you get started in children’s books?

I was interested in drawing and painting from a young age and though it felt like a meandrous path that brought me to the offices of Groundwood Books back in 2006, I had studied Children's Illustration at Sheridan College in the late 90’s and never stopped thinking that it was something that I wanted to do at some point in my life. I had been exhibiting my paintings around Toronto for a few years when I was fortunate enough to sell a piece to a wonderful literary agent who asked me, “Have you ever given any thought to illustrating a children's book?”…My first book was Yellow Moon, Apple Moon by Pamela Porter and published by Groundwood.

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TD Book Week Blog: I'm Going on Tour! Author Interviews

Richard Scarsbrook

1. How did you get started in children’s books?

For as long as I’ve been able to form words with a pen (or a pencil, or crayon, or whatever happens to be around), I have wanted to create stories for my own enjoyment, and hopefully for the enjoyment of others, too. There was a specific moment, though, when it occurred to me that writing was something that I wanted to do professionally, rather than “just for fun”.

It happened in grade seven. I had a great teacher, who gave us a writing topic every day after we came in from our lunch break, which on this particular day was “Hurricane Hazel”...

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TD Book Week Blog: I'm Going on Tour! Author Interviews

Catherine Austen

1. How did you get started in children’s books?

In my teens and twenties, I wrote short fiction for adults. But once I had kids, I read so many great children's books with them and I saw how excited they get about a book they love, that I really wanted to write for young people. So I gave it a try and now I'm getting the hang of it.

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