TD Grade One Book Giveaway


Giraffe and Bird_RGB_HRSince 2000, in cooperation with ministries of education, school boards and library organizations across Canada — the CCBC has given every Grade One child a free Canadian children’s book.

The book is to be taken home by each child to keep and to read with their parents. This far-reaching annual book giveaway program, which provides over 550,000 books to Grade One children across Canada, is fully funded by TD Bank Group. The program is intended to encourage literacy and reading for young children and supports the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s mandate of bringing great Canadian books to Canadian children and to promote a love of reading and a passion for books.

This fall, Grade One children nation-wide will take home Giraffe and Bird (La girafe et l’oiseau), written and illustrated by Rebecca Bender and published by Pajama Press.

Giraffe and Bird are an odd couple who can’t live with or without each other. When they’ve finally had all they can take, they part ways — but how will they weather the coming storm? Giraffe will have nowhere to hide from the lightning, and Bird will have no shelter from the thunder. This hilarious tale shows how two so-called enemies are really rather dependent upon each other.

The coordination of the TD Grade One Book Giveaway Program is done by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. School boards and ministries of education in all provinces will be contacted in spring 2018 for their Grade One enrolment figures. Schools should contact their school board or ministry of education to ensure that they are on the list to receive the giveaway book. If you have any questions regarding the 2018 program, please contact Karen Ingham at

Previous giveaway books:


Good Morning, Canada small

Good Morning, Canada
written and illustrated by Andrea Lynn Beck
Scholastic Canada



Small Saul
written and illustrated by Ashley Spires
Kids Can Press










Mr. Zinger’s Hat
written by Cary Fagan
illustrated by Dušan Petričić
Tundra Books


Final Cover - Doors in the Air

Doors in the Air
written David Weale
illustrated by Pierre Pratt
Orca Book Publishers



Boy Soup Cover

Boy Soup
written Loris Lesynski
illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Annick Press




I’ve Lost My Cat
written and illustrated by Philippe Béha
Éditions Imagine




written by Jo Ellen Bogart
illustrated by Barbara Reid
Scholastic Canada


written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
Groundwood Books


Let’s Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here
written by Lizann Flatt; illustrated by Scot Ritchie


Too Many Books!
written by Gilles Tibo; illustrated by Bruno St-Aubin
Scholastic Canada


The Zlooksh
written by Dominique Demers; illustrated by Fanny
Les 400 coups


Franklin in the Dark
written by Paulette Bourgeois; illustrated by Brenda Clark
Kids Can Press


Alligator Stew: Favourite Poems by Dennis Lee
written by Dennis Lee; illustrated by Rogé
Key Porter Books


Omar On Ice
written and illustrated by Maryann Kovalski
Fitzhenry & Whiteside


The Girl Who Hated Books
written by Manjusha Pawagi; illustrated by Leanne Franson
Second Story Press


When Jeremiah Found Mrs. Ming
written by Sharon Jennings; illustrated by Mireille Levert
Annick Press


Young Authors’ Day at Pokeweed Public School
written and illustrated by John Bianchi
Pokeweed Press


Nicholas at the Library
written by Hazel Hutchins; illustrated by Ruth Ohi
Annick Press