TD Grade One Book Giveaway Program 2010


CarambaSince 2000, in cooperation with ministries of education, school boards and library organizations across Canada — the CCBC has given every Grade One student 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 500,000 books to Grade One children across Canada, is fully funded by TD Bank Financial Group.

This November, Grade One children nation-wide will take home Caramba, written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay and published by Groundwood Books.

In this whimsical, beautifully illustrated tale, a sweet, shy cat bravely accepts that he is different, and then discovers his own special talent. Follow Caramba as his attempts to take flight land him in all sorts of awkward places, until finally, with the help of his family and friends, he alights in a place he never expected.

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 have been contacted and have been asked to respond with their projected enrolment of Grade One students for the fall of 2010 by April 23, 2010. Please contact your school board to make sure that they have responded with the numbers for your school.

For more information on the 2010 TD Grade One Book Giveaway Program, please contact Dawn Todd at 416.975.0010 ext. 224 or

Previous giveaway books:

Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here2009
Let’s Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here
written by Lizann Flatt; illustrated by Scot Ritchie

Too Many Books2008
Too Many Books!
written by Gilles Tibo; illustrated by Bruno St-Aubin
Scholastic Canada

The Zlooksh2007
The Zlooksh
written by Dominique Demers; illustrated by Fanny
Les 400 coups

Franklin in the Dark2006
Franklin in the Dark
written by Paulette Bourgeois; illustrated by Brenda Clark
Kids Can Press

Alligator Stew2005
Alligator Stew: Favourite Poems by Dennis Lee
written by Dennis Lee; illustrated by Rogé
Key Porter Books

Omar On Ice2004
Omar On Ice
written and illustrated by Maryann Kovalski
Fitzhenry & Whiteside

The Girl Who Hated Books2003
The Girl Who Hated Books
written by Manjusha Pawagi; illustrated by Leanne Franson
Second Story Press

When Jeremiah Found Mrs. Ming2002
When Jeremiah Found Mrs. Ming
written by Sharon Jennings; illustrated by Mireille Levert
Annick Press

Young Authors' Day at Pokeweed Public School2001
Young Authors’ Day at Pokeweed Public School
written and illustrated by John Bianchi
Pokeweed Press

Nicholas at the Library2000
Nicholas at the Library
written by Hazel Hutchins; illustrated by Ruth Ohi
Annick Press