TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards Night Celebrates the Best in Canadian Books for Young People, with Town Is by the Sea taking home the grand prize of $50,000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (October 29, 2018) – The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is thrilled to announce the winners of its English-language children’s book awards. The $50,000 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award was given to author Joanne Schwartz and illustrator Sydney Smith for Town Is by the Sea (Groundwood Books).

Awarded tonight at a gala event in Toronto, Schwartz and Smith took home the title of most distinguished children’s book of the year and the largest cash prize in Canadian children’s literature thanks to the increased support from TD Bank Group. The prize value increased from $30,000 to $50,000 this year. The publisher, Groundwood Books, received $2,500 for promotional purposes. An additional $10,000 was shared among the four finalists. Six awards in total were given out:

  • Town Is by the Sea, written by Joanne Schwartz and illustrated by Sydney Smith, won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($50,000)
  • When the Moon Comes, written by Paul Harbridge and illustrated by Matt James, won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)
  • #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale, won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000)
  • The Assassin’s Curse by Kevin Sands won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000)
  • The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook won the John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000)
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline won the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award ($5,000)

The CCBC and TD Bank Group worked with CBC Books to present the Fan Choice Award. Young readers were asked to pick their favourite book from the shortlisted TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards titles in an online poll. This year, Barbara Reid took home the $5,000 award for Picture the Sky (North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada).

“We are grateful for TD Bank Group’s continuous support of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards and the TD gala event,” says Charlotte Teeple, the Executive Director of the CCBC. “The chance for us to celebrate renowned Canadian works for young people is the highlight of the year for us at the CCBC. This year we are especially grateful for the prize increase to the TD Award, making Town Is by the Sea the first title in the award’s history to receive a $50,000 prize.”

“We at TD recognize the foundational importance of early learning and how fostering skills like literacy leads to the ability to succeed with confidence later in life.  That is why we are proud to sponsor the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards, through The Ready Commitment, our corporate citizenship platform, helping spotlight and celebrate incredible Canadian talent. The storytelling power of these authors and illustrators is helping to create a more inclusive tomorrow by opening children’s minds to new conversations and nurturing a love for reading.” says Andrea Barrack, Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship at TD Bank Group.

In total, $112,500 was awarded tonight, and an additional $72,500 will be awarded at a gala event in Montreal on November 19 with the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse and the Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse. Below is the full list of prizes presented, with comments from the jurors. Click here to see the shortlists.

Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists!

For more information, please contact:

Emma Hunter
Marketing and Website Coordinator
Canadian Children’s Book Centre
416 975-0010 ext. 221

Heather Reinsborough
Associate, Corporate & Public Affairs
TD Bank Group
416 413-3433

Sponsored by TD Bank Group

Town Is by the Sea
Written by Joanne Schwartz (Toronto, ON)
Illustrated by Sydney Smith (Toronto, ON)
Groundwood Books
for ages 5-9

Town Is by the Sea is a remarkable picture book, telling the story of a young boy growing up in mid-century Cape Breton… Schwartz’s spare text and Smith’s illustrations beautifully capture life in a coal-mining community, creating a strong sense of the rhythm and comforting pattern of daily routine with an understated acknowledgement of dangers lurking underground… The beautiful illustrations make tremendous use of light and shadow throughout, emphasizing the contrast between the dazzling beauty of the sea-side town on a bright, sunny day with the ominous darkness of the mine waiting below…”

The Honour Books listed below will share $10,000.

  • Dragonfly Song, written by Wendy Orr (Pajama Press)
  • Picture the Sky, written and illustrated by Barbara Reid (North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada)
  • Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, written by Monique Gray Smith (Orca Book Publishers)
  • When the Moon Comes, written by Paul Harbridge and illustrated by Matt James (Tundra Books)

JURY MEMBERS: Deirdre Baker, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Toronto Star children’s books reviewer, and author; Betsy Fraser, Selector, Calgary Public Library; Dr. Vivian Howard, Associate Professor/Associate Dean (Academic), School of Information Management, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University; Michael Pellegrin, teacher and English Language Arts Specialist, English Montreal School Board; Arwen Rudolph, Rural Branch Supervisor, Palliser Regional Library.

Sponsored by A. Charles Baillie

When the Moon Comes
Written by Paul Harbridge (Toronto, ON)
Illustrated by Matt James (Toronto, ON)
Tundra Books
for ages 4-9

“A remarkable book in every respect…. The quietly told tale is beautifully enhanced by James’ stunning artwork. Even the wordless spreads speak volumes… This nostalgia filled adventure with friends will resonate with those who love the moon, nature and hockey… There’s a bit of mystery and magic, too, captured on these pages… An outstanding book worthy of many readings.”

JURY MEMBERS: Nancy Davidson, Founder, Kids’ Lit Quiz Canada; Janis Nostbakken, children’s media specialist; Itah Sadu, author, storyteller and owner, A Different Booklist.

Sponsored by the Fleck Family Foundation

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (Winnipeg, MB/Toronto, ON)
Annick Press
for ages 14 and up

#NotYourPrincess celebrates the talents and accomplishments of Indigenous women and dispels stereotypes… A rich collection that acknowledges the Indigenous experiences as we move towards recognition and positive change…. It empowers individuals to be proud of who they are and to demand change so that all voices are heard.”

JURY MEMBERS: Fatma Faraj, Junior School Teacher-Librarian, Branksome Hall; Emily Moretti, educator, Toronto Catholic District School Board; Sara Spencer, Junior School Librarian, The York School.

Sponsored by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Bilson Endowment Fund

The Assassin’s Curse
(Blackthorn Key, Book 3)
Written by Kevin Sands (London, ON)
for ages 10-14

“An enduring and entertaining addition to a compelling historical series… The mystery adventure is plotted beautifully and leaves readers with questions, and constantly in search of answers to the mystery presented… Sands’ is a skilled and talented author whose writing style succeeds in engaging readers… Mystery, suspense, murder and codes is a recipe for an entertaining, engaging and intriguing read.”

JURY MEMBERS: Sally Bender, retired teacher-librarian and blogger at Sal’s Fiction Addiction; Roseanne Gauthier, Youth Services Librarian, PEI Public Library Service; Carol-Ann Hoyte, children’s poet and Assistant Librarian, Selwyn House School; Gail de Vos (chair), author, storyteller and Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta.

Sponsored by John Spray

The Hanging Girl
Written by Eileen Cook (Vancouver, BC)
Houghlin Mifflin Harcourt
for ages 12 and up

“When the most popular girl in school goes missing, the class psychic, Skye, conveniently starts to have visions about what might have happened to her… The Hanging Girl is a quick paced thriller with amazing plot twists from beginning to end… It was hard to decide who to root for and who to blame… A great page turner and psychological thriller.”

JURY MEMBERS: Nancy Cooper, First Nations Consultant, Southern Ontario Library Service; Roxanne Deans, Director of Inventory, Outreach & Communications, The Children’s Book Bank; Helen Kubiw, writer, teacher-librarian and blogger at CanLit for Little Canadians.

Sponsored by Sylvan Learning

The Marrow Thieves
Written by Cherie Dimaline (Toronto ON)
for ages 13 and up

“In The Marrow Thieves, Dimaline has woven a complex, timely and poignant story about survival, the will to continue to be, and the power of love and family… Dimaline’s characters are drawn with depth and nuance and her exquisitely lyrical prose is captivating — drawing readers into a dystopian world that is too close to reality for comfort.”

JURY MEMBERS: Penny Chaiko, teacher-librarian, Nantyr Shores Secondary School; Tracey Schindler, reviewer and former teacher; Rachel Seigel, freelance author and Adult Fiction Specialist, Library Services Centre.


TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
Now in its 14th year, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award celebrates excellence in children’s literature by rewarding the best literary work by Canadian authors. This year, the prize has been raised from $30,000 to $50,000 thanks to TD Bank Group. Sponsored by TD, and administered by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, it is one of the largest prizes in children’s book awards. All books, in any genre, written and illustrated by Canadians and published in Canada for children aged 0-12, are eligible. Each book is judged on the quality of the text and illustrations, in addition to its overall contribution to Canadian children’s literature. Since the program started in 2004, 138 books have been honoured through the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award in both official languages.

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award honours excellence in the illustrated picture book format, for children aged 3 to 8. Charles Baillie, retired Chairman and CEO of TD Bank Group, is delighted to give the prize in his wife Marilyn’s name. As an award-winning children’s book author and an early learning specialist, Marilyn is involved in and passionate about children’s literature. The winning book receives $20,000.

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction
The Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction was established by the Fleck Family Foundation in 1999 to recognize Canada’s exceptional non-fiction books for young people. The award honours Norma Fleck (1906-1998), who inspired a deep love of reading in her children and grandchildren. Dr. James Fleck, who initiated the award, is the son of Norma Fleck. The winning book receives $10,000.

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
The Geoffrey Bilson Award was established in 1988 in memory of the respected historian and children’s author, Geoffrey Bilson. The $5,000 prize is awarded annually to the Canadian author of an outstanding work of historical fiction for young people. In 2005, the Bilson Endowment Fund was created to support this award. If you wish to contribute to this fund, please contact the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

John Spray Mystery Award
The John Spray Mystery Award was established in 2011 to honour excellence in the mystery book genre. John Spray, President of the Mantis Investigation Agency, is delighted to sponsor the prize, noting that mystery books made him a passionate reader at an early age and helped him find his chosen career. The $5,000 prize is awarded annually to a Canadian author of an outstanding work of mystery writing for young people.

Amy Mathers Teen Book Award
The Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, established in 2014, honours excellence in teen/young adult fiction. The prize is awarded annually with a cash prize of $5,000 to an original work aimed at readers aged 13-18. The prize was established following the fundraising efforts of Amy Mathers through her Marathon of Books. Now in its fourth year, the award is sponsored by Sylvan Learning.

About The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit our website.

About TD Bank Group
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (“TD” or the “Bank”). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves more than 25 million customers in three key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Retail, including TD Canada Trust, TD Auto Finance Canada, TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in TD Ameritrade; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world’s leading online financial services firms, with approximately 12 million active online and mobile customers. TD had CDN$1.3 trillion in assets on July 31, 2018. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol “TD” on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.

About TD Global Corporate Citizenship
TD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. In March 2018, TD launched The Ready Commitment, a new multi-year program to help individuals and communities prosper. As part of The Ready Commitment, TD targets CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for an inclusive tomorrow – Financial Security, a more Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment, TD’s aspiration is to link business, products, services, and community giving to help people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but about their future and their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit

Wallace Edwards (1957-2022)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of beloved Canadian children’s book illustrator Wallace Edwards, affectionately referred to as Wally, on December 25, 2022.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Wally attended high school at Lisgar Collegiate Institute and was a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU), Toronto. He lived in Yarker, Ontario. Winner of the Governor-General’s Literary Award for his first book, Alphabeasts, he went on to write and illustrate 16 more books, winning many national and international awards. His most recent book, Do You Wonder? was published this year by Scholastic Canada. After receiving a diagnosis of terminal cancer in August, he completed work on his final book, Pigs Can’t Fly, currently in press.

Wally’s paintings can be found in private and public collections throughout the world. Over the years, he generously donated artwork from his picture books to raise funds for the CCBC through our art auctions. We are forever grateful for Wally’s support.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. There will be a service following cremation in Kingston, Ontario and a visitation and funeral followed by inurnment in Ottawa.

In Kingston, friends and family are invited to a memorial gathering on Friday, December 30th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd., Kingston. For more information: .

In Ottawa, friends and family are invited Thursday, January 5th for a visitation to be held in the sanctuary at MacKay United Church, 39 Dufferin Rd., Ottawa, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

A Memorial Service will be held at MacKay, Friday, January 6th, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. with inurnment to follow at Beechwood Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial contributions to Pancreatic Cancer Canada, the Ottawa or Kingston Humane Society, or the Nature Conservancy of Canada are appreciated.

Aubrey Davis (1949–2022)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Aubrey Davis. Born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1949, Aubrey grew up loving to read Greek myths, Tom Sawyer, and Mad Magazine. Before he became an accomplished storyteller and author, he worked many different jobs, from construction labourer to retail salesman to an antique restorer. Aubrey’s passion for writing and telling stories eventually won out, however. As a young man, he travelled across Europe and North Africa and discovered traditional Teaching-Stories collected by the Afghan writer Idries Shah.

For 40 years he told traditional stories to people of all ages across North America. And he taught oral language for 17 years to primary and special needs students. “I taught them language through stories. They taught me how to tell simple, clear and dramatic tales. One day I was invited to tell a Chanukah story to a young audience. I couldn’t find one I liked, so I wrote Bone Button Borscht. The children loved it and so did the publisher, Kids Can Press.”  Aubrey went on to write The Enormous Potato, Bagels from Benny, A Hen for Izzy Pippik, and more award-winning children’s books. 

He spent almost 17 years working with adolescents in Toronto who identified as having special needs, and the primary method through which he educated them was by way of the telling of stories. Aubrey also worked extensively through the Institute for Cross-cultural Exchange and Books Without Borders to make Shah’s children’s books available to children who are less fortunate in emerging civilizations all over the world. Because of his efforts, a total of a quarter of a million books were given to children’s libraries in Canada, as well as in Afghanistan.

Aubrey has two surviving grown children and three granddaughters, as well as his storytelling wife, Sandra Carpenter-Davis.


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Call for Submissions: 2023 CCBC Book Awards

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is now accepting submissions for its English-language children’s book awards. In total, seven prizes will be awarded. The submission deadline is January 20, 2023.

If you click on the links below you will find submission and criteria information about each award. Please be sure to read all of the submission information and criteria for each of the awards, as it varies from award to award, and some of the criteria have changed from last year.

Please note: Our David Booth Children’s and Youth Poetry Award is a biennial prize. It is not being awarded in 2023. The next cycle will open in 2024.

In 2021, the CCBC reviewed its awards and its criteria to align with the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion policy approved by the CCBC board of directors. The award guidelines now contain updated and inclusive language. The result is an acknowledgment of the fact that the celebration of diversity is an equally significant element to achieving excellence. A work of excellence in Canadian children’s literature should also be successful in making people feel a sense of belonging in their communities.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre acknowledges that not all voices have been given the same opportunity or heard equally. To ensure voices and stories from underrepresented creators are not excluded, we strongly encourage publishers to include in their submissions works that reflect diverse voices, specifically those that are by and about Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and Agender, Two-Spirited, plus other identities and communities (LGBTQIA2+), as well as stories by and about individuals with different abilities. Finally, we also acknowledge this change is not the final stop but part of the journey to inclusion and the need to amplify underrepresented voices in Canadian children’s publishing. 

The submission deadline is January 20, 2023. Only works by Canadian authors and illustrators are eligible for submission. In the case of translations, the translator must also be Canadian. The award marked with an asterisk (*) is only open to Canadian publishers. All books must be published between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.

For the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, the CCBC is once again partnering with Communication-Jeunesse. They will be coordinating the French-language prize on our behalf. Their call for submissions will be issued in mid-February. If you have any questions about submitting to the Prix TD, please contact Stéphane Masquida at

The CCBC staff will select jurors for each literature award from a national pool of individuals with demonstrated expertise in the critical assessment of literature for youth; in its commitment to the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the CCBC will endeavour to include as many jurors as possible for underrepresented groups.

There is a $35 non-refundable fee for each title submitted to each of the CCBC book awards. Therefore, if, for example, you have a title that meets the criteria for three of the awards listed above and you would like it considered for all three awards, the submission fee for that particular title is $105 ($35 x 3). The fees will be used to offset administration costs, as well as costs associated with the presentation of the awards.

Submission fees are payable by cheque, credit card or online. If paying by cheque or credit card, please complete the submission fee form. To pay online, visit

Please also consider becoming a member of the CCBC. Member support helps us to continue bringing attention to Canadian children’s books through our programs such as these book awards. Through your support, we can keep showing Canada, and the world, that Canadian children’s books are best.


  • Publishers agree to pay the $35 non-refundable submission fee per title per award.
  • If a book is shortlisted, the publisher, author and illustrator may be asked to participate in a series of events highlighting and promoting the shortlisted author and illustrator, in addition to the award celebration.
  • The CCBC is unable to assume the costs for travel and accommodation. It is our hope that publishers will assist the award winner(s) with providing the resources for attending the in-person awards ceremony (should we be able to hold an in-person event) or for creating an acceptance speech video of appropriate quality should the creator(s) be unable to attend an in-person event.
  • Publishers agree to prepare and encourage their authors and illustrators to participate in all reasonable publicity associated with the award(s): interviews, readings, appearances, etc.
  • Publishers agree to spend an appropriate sum on media advertising the winning book (i.e., whatever your advertising budget allows). With respect to the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the winning publisher agrees to use the $2,500 awarded to them to promote/advertise the winning title.
  • Publishers with titles shortlisted or winning the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award agree to put the award seal on copies of their books. Seals will be provided to the publisher by the CCBC.

You are required to complete an online title submission form for each title being submitted. Each award has its own specific form. The links below will direct you to the online form.

The title submission forms include a question about accessible formats. While these formats are not a requirement for submitting to the CCBC book awards, we would very much appreciate it if you could let us know if the title(s) is available in an accessible format and if so, which format(s).

Once you have completed the online title submission form(s), please follow up by emailing a final PDF of each title** by the January 20, 2023 deadline to

If you are paying the submission fee(s) by cheque or credit card, please mail the completed submission fee form to the address at the bottom of the form. Alternatively, you can email the completed form to These fees can also be paid online at Upon receipt of the submission(s), you will be sent instructions for where to send the physical books, as well as the quantity required. Please do not send any books to the CCBC’s office.

Books submitted that do not meet the eligibility requirements and criteria will not be considered and will not be returned, nor will the non-refundable submission fee.

** With the ongoing supply chain issues, we are requesting that PDFs of final titles be emailed to when title submission forms are submitted. The PDFs are not to replace the physical books. They are to be used in the event that publishers are experiencing any disruptions/delays with their supply and distribution channels caused by the pandemic.

The submission deadline for the English-language awards is January 20, 2023.

If you have any questions about eligibility or the awards in general, please contact Meghan Howe at 416.975.0010 ext. 3 or

We’re Looking for a Web Designer: Deadline Extended to January 13

Toronto (December 13, 2022) The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce that we are now issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a redesign of our website, Please review the summary below and submit your proposal by January 13, 2023


The Canadian Children’s Book (CCBC) is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) to select and enlist a Canadian design agency or independent contractor to design and build a visually pleasing, accessible, and contemporary website. The site must:

1. Present the CCBC as a trusted, respected, longstanding organization with a powerful voice and vision.

2. Showcase all the excellent work and advocacy of the CCBC on behalf of its members, subscribers, donors, and the children’s literary community at large.

3. Compel people/organizations to get involved/support by donating, funding, making a purchase, or signing up for membership. 

Download the full RFP PDF here.

For more information, please contact:

Tara Mandarano
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting, and supporting the reading, writing, and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit our website.

Apply to Host a Presentation  or Workshop by Canadian  Authors, Illustrators & Storytellers!

Toronto (December 8, 2022) The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications from schools, libraries, and community groups who wish to host creators participating in our 2023 Canadian Children’s Book Week tour. 

Who can apply to host a presentation and/or workshop?
Our goal is to reach as many young people as possible through this program: schools, public libraries, community groups, literacy networks, family resource centres, and homeschooling associations. If you’ve got an audience wanting to read more great Canadian books for kids and teens and be inspired to develop their budding skills as writers, artists, and storytellers, you have the ideal audience!

What format will it be?
In-person: This year, ten of the Book Week authors/illustrators/storytellers touring will be doing in-person visits.

Virtual format: The other twenty-two Book Week authors/illustrators/storytellers will be presenting virtually on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, or whichever platform works best for your group.

If reliable internet access is a barrier for your school, library, organization, or community, please contact us about our Book Week program kits.

Who’s touring by region?
Here is a list, divided by region, of the dynamic Canadian authors/illustrators/storytellers on tour. You can access the profile pages of the Book Week creators by clicking on their names in the list.

How to apply?
Click here to access and complete the host application form for your region.

Applications are due by end of day, Friday January 13, 2023.

For more details, check out our website at

For more information, please contact:

Carol-Ann Hoyte
Events and Program Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre 
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not‐for‐profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting, and supporting the reading, writing, and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit

About Storytellers of Canada
Storytellers of Canada is devoted to connecting people, reflecting culture, and inspiring discovery through the art of Storytelling. Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada (SC-CC) was founded in 1993 as a result of a national meeting in Montreal instigated by Rosalyn Cohen. Since then, SC-CC holds a national conference in a different location each year. In 2000, SC-CC was incorporated as a Non-Profit Organization and received its National Arts Service Organization designation. SC-CC functions as the national representative for those involved in maintaining and practising oral traditions in Canada and encourages the participation of all peoples, by recognizing storytelling as a common root of all cultures and by making strong, positive efforts towards regional and cultural inclusion. For more information, please visit

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

About Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a broad range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world. The Council also raises public awareness and appreciation of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO in Canada to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.

About the Ontario Arts Council
Established in 1963 to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is an agency that operates at arm’s length from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. The OAC’s grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Indigenous arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Francophone arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts. In 2019-20, the OAC invested $51.9 million in 197 communities across Ontario through 1,965 grants to individual artists and 1,152 grants to organizations. For more information, please visit

Appel de soumissions pour le programme Un livre à moi TD pour les élèves de première année 2023

Le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien (CLJC) invite tous les éditeurs canadiens à soumettre des albums jeunesse pour le programme Un livre à moi TD 2023 qui s’adresse aux élèves de première année. Nous recherchons une œuvre écrite et illustrée par des créatrices ou des créateurs canadiens et publiée par un éditeur canadien. Les livres autopubliés sont également admissibles tant que toutes les parties concernées sont canadiennes. Les livres distribués sur le marché canadien qui sont publiés par des maisons d’édition non canadiennes ne sont pas admissibles. Ils doivent être publiés sous une empreinte canadienne.

Cela fait partie de l’objectif du programme Un livre à moi TD de première année de présenter des personnages de différentes ethnies, cultures, sexes, structures familiales et capacités intellectuelles ou physiques. Cette année, nous recherchons un album dont les créateurs ou les créatrices sont issus des communautés asiatiques, qui parle des expériences asiatiques au Canada et qui convient aux élèves de 1re année. Les communautés asiatiques incluent également les communautés d’Asie du Sud, d’Asie de l’Est et des îles du Pacifique. C’est l’espoir du CLJC de soutenir l’important travail accompli par le mouvement pour contrer le racisme anti-asiatique à travers notre choix de livre. Nous accueillons les soumissions qui traitent des problèmes de racisme manifeste ainsi que des microagressions; cependant, les histoires soumises ne sont pas tenues de porter spécifiquement ces thèmes, tant qu’elles centrent des personnages d’origine asiatique.

C’est notre espoir et celui de notre généreux mécène, le Groupe Banque TD, que le titre choisi permettra aux jeunes lecteurs de se voir dépeints avec précision et profondeur tout en favorisant le développement de leur empathie et leur compréhension des autres. Nous sommes reconnaissants à La promesse TD Prêts à agir, la plateforme mondiale de citoyenneté d’entreprise de la TD, et de sa capacité à aider à ouvrir les portes vers un avenir plus inclusif et durable. La TD aspire à aider à créer les conditions dont chacun a besoin pour réussir, se sentir inclus et participer pleinement à un monde en évolution.

Le titre pour le programme Un livre à moi TD pour les élèves de première année est distribué dans les deux langues officielles. Ainsi, si le livre n’est pas déjà disponible en anglais, le livre sélectionné sera traduit. Si le livre que vous soumettez est déjà disponible en anglais, veuillez indiquer le nom de l’éditeur qui a publié cette traduction.

Le livre choisi doit être disponible dans des formats accessibles. Si le livre n’est pas déjà disponible dans ces formats, l’éditeur doit être prêt à effectuer le travail pour s’assurer que le livre est disponible dans des formats accessibles avant sa distribution dans le cadre du programme Un livre à moi TD. Les livres en braille sont créés par la fondation INCA, et pour ce faire, il est fort possible que l’on demande votre collaboration pour écrire la description des illustrations afin de s’assurer d’une bonne interprétation de ces dernières. Par contre, pour permettre aux enfants éprouvant des difficultés visuelles d’avoir accès au livre, l’éditeur s’engage à créer une version e-pub avec une description verbale des illustrations.

Veuillez nous envoyer un PDF de votre/vos soumission(s) à La date limite de soumission est le vendredi 13 janvier 2023. 

Puisqu’il s’agit d’une distribution pancanadienne d’un livre gratuit, les arrangements financiers pour l’auteur, l’illustrateur et l’éditeur ne sont pas basés sur les redevances traditionnelles. Le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien verse des redevances à l’éditeur du livre sélectionné, que l’éditeur attribue ensuite à l’auteur, à l’illustrateur et à l’éditeur.

La production, l’impression et la distribution du livre sélectionné sont coordonnées par le CLJC. En septembre/octobre, les livres sont expédiés de l’imprimeur aux ministères de l’Éducation, aux conseils scolaires, aux Centre de services scolaire et aux bibliothèques pour être ensuite distribués aux écoles de leur région.

Les éditeurs qui envisagent d’envoyer des soumissions doivent garder à l’esprit que si plus de 580 000 exemplaires distribués gratuitement n’ont pas nécessairement d’impact sur les ventes potentielles à long terme d’un livre, ils accaparent certainement une part importante du marché à court terme.

Le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien est honoré de faire partie de ce programme annuel de distribution de livres. Nous savons que les éditeurs jeunesse au Canada partagent le désir avec le CLJC et la TD d’accroître l’accès aux livres et à la lecture pour les jeunes Canadiens de tout le pays.


Sarah Sahagian
Directrice générale
Le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien
416 975-0010, poste 1


en français

The CCBC invites all Canadian publishers to submit Canadian picture books for us to consider for the 2023 TD Grade One Book Giveaway. We are looking for a picture book written by a Canadian author, illustrated by a Canadian illustrator, and published by a Canadian publisher. Self-published books are also eligible as long as all parties involved are Canadian. Books distributed to the Canadian market that are published by non-Canadian imprints are not eligible. They must be published under a Canadian imprint.  

It is part of the TD Grade One Book Giveaway’s focus to feature characters of different ethnicities, cultures, genders, family structures, and abilities. This year, we are seeking a picture book by creators from Asian communities that speaks to Asian experiences in Canada, and one that is appropriate for Grade 1 students. We welcome submissions from and about South Asian, East Asian, and Pacific Islander communities. It is the CCBC’s hope to support the important work being done by the “Stop Asian Hate” movement through our choice of book. We welcome submissions that address issues of overt racism as well as microaggressions; however, submitted stories are not required to specifically encompass such themes, as long as they centre characters of Asian backgrounds.

It is our hope and that of our generous supporter, TD Bank Group, that the selected title will enable young readers to see themselves portrayed with accuracy and depth while helping to foster empathy and understanding of others. We are grateful for the TD Ready Commitment, TD’s global corporate citizenship platform, and its ability to help open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow. TD aspires to help create the conditions that everyone needs to succeed, feel included, and fully participate in a changing world.

The TD Grade One Book Giveaway title is distributed in both official languages; therefore, if the book is not already available in French (or English), the selected book will be translated. If the book you are submitting is already available in French, please indicate the French title and the name of the French publisher.

The chosen book must be available in accessible formats. If the book is not already available in these formats, the publisher must be willing to do the work to make sure the book is available in accessible formats in advance of distribution for the TD Grade One Book Giveaway.

Please email us a PDF of your submission(s) to Carol-Ann Hoyte at The deadline to submit is Friday, January 13, 2023. 

Since this is a Canada-wide distribution of a free book, the financial arrangements for the author, illustrator and publisher are not based on traditional royalties. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre provides a fee to the publisher of the selected book, which the publisher then allocates to the author, illustrator and publisher. 

The production, printing and distribution of the selected book are coordinated by the CCBC. In September/October, books are shipped from the printer to ministries of education, school boards and library organizations for further distribution to the schools in their region. 

Publishers considering submissions should keep in mind that while 580,000+ copies distributed free doesn’t necessarily impact the long-term potential sales of a book, it definitely captures a sizable portion of the market in the short term.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is honoured to be part of this annual book giveaway program. We know that children’s publishers in Canada share the desire with the CCBC and TD to increase access to reading opportunities for Canadian young people across our country. 


Sarah Sahagian
Executive Director
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
416 975-0010 ext. 1

Hiring: Bibliovideo Intern

Bibliovideo is the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s YouTube channel. It is the destination for librarians, teachers, parents, authors, illustrators, researchers, and others who want to locate and learn more about great Canadian books for young people.

Bibliovideo is in the midst of a dedicated three-year project all about accessible Canadian children’s books. Our goals are to raise awareness of the need for accessible books, enhance discoverability of Canadian titles, and help market them to readers across Canada and globally.

Bibliovideo is seeking an intern who has lived experience using accessible books to assist us with this project. The intern will participate in all aspects of the project, including research, writing, website and video production, preparing marketing materials, presentations to industry, and creating descriptions and metadata.

We’re looking for someone with excellent organization, communication, and digital technology skills, and a passion for accessible Canadian children’s books.

Accessible book formats can include:

–       audiobooks

–       illustrated books with described images

–       digital or physical braille

–       font magnification and/or font swaps

–       non-fixed layout ebooks that are low on the sensory output scale for neurodivergent readers

–       decodable books for readers with Dyslexia

TIME COMMITMENT: 30 hours per week

FEE: $750/week

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Invoice and payment issued monthly

LOCATION: Virtual. Must be based in Canada and available during business hours in the eastern time zone.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter detailing your experience with accessible books and your resume to Please include an answer to the following question: What is your favourite accessible Canadian children’s book, and why?

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Rolling. We will interview candidates as applications come in. This posting will be removed once the position has been filled.

START DATE: As soon as possible. This position will continue through to the end of March 2023, with the possibility for extension.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre affirms its commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from all those who self-identify with BIPOC communities, LGBTQIA+ communities, those with a disability/disabilities, and other marginalized groups.

Winners for the 2022 QWF Awards Announced

On Monday, November 14, 2022, Quebec’s English-language literary community gathered for the first fully in-person gala in over two years. The 2022 QWF Literary Awards Gala marked a new addition to the QWF awards roster. The first-ever QWF Spoken Word Prize was awarded to three spoken word artists in recognition of their outstanding literary achievement. With the addition of the Spoken Word Prize, this year’s gala bestowed the largest number of awards in QWF history.

The theme for the event was “Complex Times: When Nothing Is Black and White.” Attendees got in the spirit of the theme by dressing up in anything but black and white.

In the youth category, the 2022 Janet Savage Blachford Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature was awarded to Mina, by Matthew Forsythe, published by Simon & Schuster Canada.

According to jury members Sean Dixon, Nadia Lakhdari, and Lauren Soloy: “This is a profound story wrapped in the most basic structure and vivid drawings: a story as simple as The Three Little Pigs that sticks in the head to be called back when you least expect it… This uniquely told, beautifully illustrated story manages to look directly at the big idea of parental fallibility—wrapped up with love and faith and trust—from such a distinctly child’s eye that we don’t even know it’s doing it.”

You can watch the entire gala ceremony on YouTube here.

The Canada Council for the Arts Reveals the 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award Winners

OTTAWA, Ontario, November 16, 2022—It is with immense pleasure that the Canada Council for the Arts today revealed the 2022 winners of the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks).

The 14 best books published in Canada in 2022 were selected by peer assessment committees that followed a very rigorous process to deliberate and choose them from among the 70 finalists in seven categories, in both English and French.

“It is clear that our world is undergoing an accelerated transformation. We are living in a turbulent social climate, marked by struggles against inequalities. We are confronted daily with many complex phenomena that are more worrisome than ever, including misogyny, gender-based violence, colonialism, racism, the search for identity, and mental health. These are but some of the contemporary themes that are explored by these brilliant GGBooks winners. Once again, I invite you to celebrate the immense talent of these authors and to take a look at these invigorating works that challenge, redefine and question moral and social norms.” — Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts

The winners of English- and French-language children’s/youth categories are listed below.

English-language Winners

Young People’s Literature – Text

The Summer of Bitter and Sweet
Written by Jen Ferguson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) 
Heartdrum/HarperCollins Publishers

Peer assessment committee: Michael Hutchinson, Sharon Jennings and Wesley King

Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books

The Sour Cherry Tree
Written by Naseem Hrab (Toronto, Ontario)
Illustrated by Nahid Kazemi (Montreal, Quebec) 
Owlkids Books 

Peer assessment committee: Kate Beaton, Nhung N. Tran-Davies and Frank Viva

French-language Winners

Young People’s Literature – Text

Cancer ascendant Autruche
Written by Julie Champagne (Mirabel, Quebec)
La courte échelle

Peer assessment committee: Edith Kabuya, Daniel Marchildon and Mireille Villeneuve

Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books

Written by Nadine Robert (Varennes, Quebec)
Illustrated by Qin Leng (Toronto, Ontario)
Comme des géants

Peer assessment committee: David Bouchard, Beatriz Carvalho and Ninon Pelletier

The Canada Council for the Arts contributes to the vibrancy of a creative and diverse arts and literary scene and supports its presence across Canada and around the world. The Council is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to “foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.”

The Council’s grants, services, initiatives, prizes, and payments support Canadian artists, authors, and arts groups and organizations. This support allows them to pursue artistic expression, create works of art, and promote and disseminate the arts and literature.

Through its arts funding, communications, research, and promotion activities, the Council fosters ever-growing engagement of Canadians and international audiences in the arts.

The Council’s Public Lending Right (PLR) program makes annual payments to creators whose works are held in Canadian public libraries.

The Council’s Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts through exhibition and outreach activities.

The Council is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a future of peace, reconciliation, equity, and sustainable development.

Media relations contacts

For interviews with the winners:

Charlene Coy
C2C Communications

Canada Council for the Arts
Communications and Engagement
1-800-263-5588, ext. 5151