CCBC June Newsletter
News from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre & Friends
Links We Love
June Book List: Pride Month
Author Corner: Mariko Tamaki
Amy’s Travels in Teen Fiction: Darren Groth
Illustrator’s Studio: Emma Fitzgerald
News from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre & Friends
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Annual General Meeting will be taking place on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm. This year’s guest speaker is veteran publisher Jim Lorimer. CCBC members and public are welcome to attend.
WHEN: Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Room 200, Northern District Library
40 Orchard View Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9
Find out more here.
The 2018 TD Canadian Children’s Book Week Was a Major Success!
From May 5th 2018 to May 12 28 authors, storytellers and illustrators gave 400 readings to over 28,000 children, teens and adults in roughly 175 communities across the country. Check out photos at bookweek.ca and stay tuned for information about Book Week 2019!
Enter Formac’s Write To Win! Contest
Submissions are now open for Formac Publishing Company’s Write to Win! Contest. Atlantic Canadians aged 18 to 40 who write literary or non-fiction can enter for free. Their original unpublished work must be 20,000 to 60,000 words and written for teen or adult readers. The winner will receive $1,500 and a publishing offer. Second and third place will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively. Submissions will be judged by writers George Elliot Clarke, Sheree Fitch and Wanda Lauren Taylor. Submissions are open until June 30th, 2018.
Find more information here.
Enter to win: The Landing by John Ibbitson Prize Pack!
The CCBC has teamed up with Kids Can Press to create a special reissue of the Governor’s General Award winning book The Landing, with proceeds supporting the Book Centre. To celebrate, we’re holding a contest! You can win a copy of The Landing, a reading blanket, a Muskoka candle and a “The World Needs More Canada” mug. Follow us on Facebook and enter to win here!
The Landing is on sale now! Available in bookstores or through the CCBC’s online shop. Order through the CCBC and receive a FREE subscription to Canadian Children’s Book News and Best Books for Kids & Teens. Enter coupon code landing to take advantage of this limited time offer. Offer ends July 1st, 2018!
Spring Issue of Best Books for Kids & Teens Available Now!
The Spring issue of Best Books for Kids and Teens is available now! Buy the latest issue here or on newsstands.
The Spring edition features 227 new books for kids and teens and recommended magazines and video!
You can subscribe to not only Best Books for Kids and Teens but Canadian Children’s Book News as well for $24.95 a year. Subscribe online here.
The 2018 Festival of Trees Winners Announced
We had an amazing time at the Forest of Reading Festival of Trees. You can look at our photos from the second day here.
The 2018 winners were:
White Pine Award Winner: Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Red Maple Fiction Winner: The Winnowing by Vikki VanSickle
Blue Spruce Award Winner: Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating & illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns and Jess Keating
Silver Birch Non-Fiction Winner: Top Dogs: True Stories of Canines That Made History by Elizabeth MacLeod
Silver Birch Fiction Winner: From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle
Silver Birch Express Winner: Smiley: A Journey of Love by Joanne George
Check Out Our Summer Reading Program!
Summer time is here and reading is easy, thanks to our summer reading program! Read your way across Canada with our Road Trip Reading Club, no vehicle required (but a library card would help). We’re road tripping our way across the country one book at a time all summer. Check out bookcentre.ca/roadtripreading for fun activities, book recommendations and more! Share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #RoadTripReading, read along with us, try to complete our Book Bingo challenge and print out one of our bookmarks!
Links We Love
Articles and videos of interest to educators
Each month we create a themed book list but this month we’re doing something special: our PRIDE reading list is curated by Erin Grittani, Assistant General Manager at Glad Day Bookshop. Here are her recommendations for Pride Month!
Looking to fill your bookshelves with awesome books for PRIDE?
Here are a few suggestions to get you going! Age recommendations included.
Flamingo Rampant is an amazing publisher that focuses on diverse, feminist and LGBTQ books for kids. Their paperbacks for kids make great stories for homes and schools and really belong on all bookshelves. The following are some great titles from Flamingo Rampant written by Canadian authors. Check them out!
Is That For a Boy or a Girl by S. Bear Bergman, illustrated by Rachel Dougherty (Flamingo Rampant, 2015)
The Last Place You Lookby j wallace skelton, illustrated by Justin Alves (Flamingo Rampant, 2017)
M is for Mustacheby Catherine Hernandez, illustrated by Marisa Firebaugh (Flamingo Rampant, 2015)
Love is in the Hairby Syrus Marcus Ware, illustrated by (Flamingo Rampant, 2015)
Rachel’s Christmas Boatby Sophie Labelle (Flamingo Rampant, 2017)
Moondragon in the Mosque Garden by Troy Jackson and El-Farouk Khaki, illustrated by Katie Commodore (Flamingo Rampant, 2017)
Some other great books to build out your collection for younger ones:
Robin Stevenson’s PRIDE is an absolute MUST. Stevenson takes extreme care to explain to youth the story and importance of PRIDE. This book also transfers well for teens and adults who are also looking to learn or for help in teaching others.
This is a wonderful book that looks at Milo’s true story of coming into the world through surrogacy to be loved by his two Dads. The photo of his 2 fathers being passed Milo in the delivery room went viral and this is their story put to paper. It’s a great way to talk about the way different families come together. Caveat: The illustrations aren’t great but they are worth whole heatedly forgiving for the amazing story. Tear jerker alert!
Amazing middle grade fiction hitting all the marks- blended family, indigenous content and of course, queer content! This is for the young reader looking for deeper content.
Another great middle grade novel that focuses on youth who have recently been blended together when their Mom and Dad marry. These kids are different socially and emotionally. One of the kids has a newly out father and the book delicately and wonderfully navigates what this must be like for the child. Nielsen has an incredible way of bringing humour to serious topics in a way that enlightens.
This book was a home run for first time author M.E.Girard. For me, this book really explored identity. How does the world see you? How do you see yourself? For a teen navigating the world, things are complicated enough on there own before we throw in the push to define gender and sexual identity. This book was honest, quirky and would really appeal to gamers out there.
This adult-teen crossover is perfect for Torontonians, Canadians and Queers everywhere. This is a great upper highschool read and is both gritty and light.
Danny is a Syrian-Canadian writer and activist and this first novel is as breathtaking as The Kyte Runner. He has woven this amazing adult-teen crossover to take place in the future to make the past our now present. This is definitely for older teens as it is very heavy at times. Incredibly beautiful and an amazing gay love story, this book looks at important issues that are going on in Syria now and leaves doors open for amazing discussion.
Whatever you are reading during this PRIDE season, please shop local and support our amazing Canadian independent bookstores bringing us highly curated books, supporting Canadian authors and opening important dialogues. Happy Pride! — Erin Grittani, Assistant General Manager
Glad Day Bookshop: 499 Church St., Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6 www.gladdaybookshop.com