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The CCBC invites all Canadian publishers to submit Canadian picture books for us to consider for the 2022 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.

Our priority in choosing our 2022 title is to feature a story that challenges pre-conceived attitudes and raises awareness of varied physical, intellectual and/or cognitive capabilities in order to fight ableism and promote a more inclusive Canadian society. This book must be appropriate for Grade 1 level students. 

It is our hope and that of our generous sponsor, 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 name of the French publisher.

The CCBC staff are all working remotely, so we ask that you email us a PDF of your submission(s) to Amanda Halfpenny at The deadline to submit is Monday, January 10, 2022. 

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 is 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.


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