With the current Covid-19 global pandemic, a lot has changed for Canadians over the course of the last week. Our industry has seen the cancellation of book fairs, literary festivals and author tours. Bookstores have been forced to modify their hours of operation but are doing their best to provide free delivery or curbside pickup to their customers.
Needless to say, all of these changes will have an impact on publishers and creators from being able to promote their spring 2020 titles. The CCBC had planned to launch Bibliovideo, our new YouTube channel devoted to Canadian books for kids and teens, in early May. However, our Bibliovideo team are currently working hard to launch Bibliovideo ahead of schedule to provide support to Canadian authors, illustrators and publishers as well as to provide access to Canadian children’s resources for parents and educators. At present, we have a master-list of resources to help young people read Canadian at home: new additions can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even now, the CCBC will strive to do what we have always done: promote the amazing books created by Canadians. We continue to find hope in the members of the literary community who are working hard to bring their words and art to all of us, reminding us that just because we are spending some time away from each other doesn’t mean that we can’t connect through Canadian stories in this difficult time. Our CCBC team — Meghan Howe, Emma Hunter, Shannon Barnes, Sandra O’Brien, Trish Osuch, Paola Gonzalez and Janis Nostbakken — are also working hard to serve our members and the literary community in Canada in this extraordinary time.
In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to look for more ways to promote Canadian children’s books and creators while providing support to educators and parents. Please check back for updates on our website and social media channels.
Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Tel: 416-975-0010 ext. 226