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TD Canadian Children's Book Week 2015

Saturday, May 2 - Saturday, May 9, 2015

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 2 to Saturday, May 9, 2015. 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 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.

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

Winners Announced for Book Week 2015 Writing Contest

TORONTO — May 6, 2015 — The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the winners of the Book Week 2015 Writing Contest for Kids & Teens. Over 900 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 2 to Saturday, May 9, 2015).

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

Susan White

How did you get started in children’s books?
I read a lot as a child. I loved walking to the Fredericton Public library on Saturday mornings and then walking back up the hill with an armload of hard covered books. When I had my children I read many wonderful books to them. I became an elementary school teacher and my favorite part of the day and of my interaction with my students during my 29 years of teaching was the time I spent reading to them. Over the years I returned to many of the same wonderful books while at the same time always stumbling on another treasure. At all those stages my desire to write books for children was deeply formed. After retiring from teaching I began writing full time and now return to classrooms often as an author.

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Lori Weber

How did you get started in children’s books?
I actually began publishing work for adults – short stories and poetry – when I was in my 20s; in my late 20s I began working on my first novel, although I didn’t know it was a novel at the time. It was a series of vignettes, recollected from my childhood in Park Extension (Montreal). Over the years those vignettes formed a novel and, when I eventually sent it out, it was Kathy Lowinger, the well-respected children’s book editor, who said it would make a wonderful young adult novel. Ten whole years, and many revisions, later, it was published as Split, my second novel. In between, I wrote another YA novel, Klepto, which became my first published book in 2004. I guess you could say that once I discovered the genre, I was hooked. It was a perfect fit for the subject matter I had always tackled – adolescence – and my image-oriented but sparse writing style. I fell into it willy-nilly but quite happily. I’ve always been a fan of children’s books.

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Anne Villeneuve

How did you get started in children’s books?
I simply loved drawing when I was young. I was drawing all the time, every day. Even my grade 4 math teacher put me in the corner, because I had drawn a big sun on the cover of my math book! I had to do something with this passion for drawing. I started drawing for children when I was 20, and this was 28 years ago. So if you are somewhat good in math, you should know how old I am...

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Chieri Uegaki

How did you get started in children’s books?
I basically lost two writing competitions. After many years of not writing regularly, I decided I needed to kick start things so I signed up for a couple of refresher courses, including one for writing for children. That particular class inspired me to re-work a much longer piece I’d written back at the University of British Columbia (where I received my degree in Creative Writing) into a picture book manuscript. Then, I entered a children’s literature competition sponsored by the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop. I didn’t win, but I was shortlisted. This gave me the confidence to try again, and luckily, found out about a similar competition sponsored by The Writers’ Union of Canada. Again, I didn’t win, but I was again shortlisted. This time, though, the list of shortlisted manuscripts was forwarded to three Canadian children’s book publishers. Two publishers expressed interest in seeing my story, and Kids Can Press came back with an offer to publish. This was how my first picture book, Suki’s Kimono, came to be. I had such a wonderful time working on this project, and it felt like such a good fit for me (I have always enjoyed reading everything from picture books to YA fiction) that I decided to continue pursuing writing for children.

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Meg Tilly

How did you get started in children’s books?
I had two adult novels published. My first, Singing Songs, followed the child protagonist from age four through twelve. In my second novel, the antagonist was thirty-six, but again, the protagonist was twelve years old.

Kathy Lowinger, who at that time worked for Tundra, read my second novel and contacted me. She said I really captured a young girl’s voice and wondered if I ever considered writing YA. I didn’t know what YA meant, but once I found out, I really wanted to try. I wrote Porcupine for grades 5-7 and loved the whole experience.

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Bill Swan

Bill Swan

How did you get started in children’s books?
My original start? Listening to story time in the two-room school in my home town of Bright, Ont. That was a loooooong time ago. Writing books? That started as an idea 35 years ago. I belonged to a track club (training for a marathon!) and trained and raced with many younger runners (12-16 years old.) I turned that experience into my first book, Fast Finish. If you’re interested in running, look it up. The story is fiction, but the process of learning has inspired many to begin the sport of running. (Five of my nine sports novels are about running. Trivia question: can you name them?) The girl who inspired the first version of Fast Finish set a provincial record for the 1,500 metre race for girls under 15 that still stands today. (And students who don’t have a question about that have not read the book!)

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Joel A. Sutherland

How did you get started in children’s books?
Many years ago I wrote a series of silly interviews with beloved Canadian children’s authors for my library’s newsletter. After I had written about twenty of them I started to think that it would be fun to collect them in a book. I sent out some feelers, and luckily Scholastic Canada agreed. But they also felt that the interviews shouldn’t be the focus of the book, but rather a complement to something larger. My wife suggested I write a creative writing book since I’d been running children’s writing workshops in the library for years, and Be a Writing Superstar was born.

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Roslyn Schwartz

How did you get started in children’s books?
I was nearly 40 before I made my first children’s book. Kids Can Press opened on the corner of the street so I showed them my portfolio. They suggested I write my own book instead of illustrating one of theirs…. I did and they published it.

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Shelley Sanders

Shelley Sanders

How did you get started in children’s books?

I knew my first book would be for young adults when I decided to base it in 1903 Kishinev where the murder of a fourteen year-old Russian boy, Mikhail Rybachenko, led to an historically significant massacre against the Jewish people. As I started to work on the plot and develop characters, I decided that this event would have the biggest impact if I wrote the book through the eyes of Mikhail’s friends. From there, everything fell into place and The Rachel Trilogy was born.

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