TD Canadian Children’s Book Week Kicks Off May 4


Toronto – April 29th, 2019 – The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the 2019 TD Canadian Children’s Book Week touring program. From May 4 to May 11, Canadian children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers will embark on a cross-country tour to share stories and captivate the imaginations of children and teens. Throughout the week, 28 authors, illustrators and storytellers will visit hundreds of schools, public libraries, bookstores and community centres across Canada to read from their books and share with children the pleasures of reading writing, illustrating and storytelling.

When was the last time you read a Canadian children’s book? Canadian books are celebrated worldwide as a part of our culture, and this May we want everyone to prioritize reading Canadian. We are calling on every Canadian who loves children’s books to be a part of this nationwide celebration. During Book Week, post which Canadian children’s book you’re reading or post an old favourite. Use the hashtag #TDBookWeek and #ChooseCanadianBooks and tag @KidsBookCentre.

“This is our 43rd annual Book Week,” says Rose Vespa, Executive Director. “The Canadian Children’s Book Centre believes that Book Week is a valuable way to instill a passion for reading and to promote literacy among children.”

“Reading is one of the most important building blocks that can help prepare kids for continued success in school, work and life,” says Andrea Barrack, Global Head of Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group. “Through our corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, we’re excited to celebrate TD Canadian Children’s Book Week with the CCBC and help lay the foundation for a brighter tomorrow.” This year’s theme, Readers are Dreamers, celebrates the magical escape that books give to us. The poster art was created by Elly MacKay, author and illustrator of Red Sky at Night and If You Hold a Seed. To purchase a poster, e-mail the Book Centre today!

For more information about the program, to see the full tour schedule, or to find out how to host readings in your community next year, please visit Download the PDF of this press release here.

Official Tour Roster & Locations


Shelly Becker
Nadia Hohn

British Columbia

Brooke Kerrigan

Lower Mainland
Ashley Barron

Vancouver Island
Patrick Weekes

Northern Region
Bernice Hune


Michelle Mulder
Heather Smith

New Brunswick

Manon Gauthier


Nancy Rose



Jacqueline Guest


Northwest Territories

Sara Gillingham


Naseem Hrab


Kristin Butcher
Jodi Carmichael
Marty Chan
Tony Cliff
Lee Edward Fodi
Leigh-Anne Kehler
Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Prince Edward Island

Kallie George


Alison Acheson
Helaine Becker
Beverley Brenna
Rachel Dunstan Muller


Northern Region
Sara Leach

Southern Region
Wendy McLeod MacKnight


Emma FitzGerald

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 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

For more information, please contact:

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