FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (November 7, 2022) — The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the touring creators for Canadian Children’s Book Week/Tournée Lire à tout vent 2023. Thirty-two creators (25 authors, 6 illustrators, and 1 storyteller) have been selected to take part in this hybrid tour and share their love of reading with young people in schools, libraries and homes all across Canada. Established in 1977, the upcoming national tour will take place from April 30–May 6, 2023.
Applications for schools, libraries, bookstores and community organizations interested in hosting readings will open the week of December 5, 2022. Check bookweek.ca for the latest updates and subscribe to the CCBC’s newsletter for monthly updates concerning all of the CCBC’s programs.
Congratulations to all of the selected creators and thank you to everyone who applied. This year’s roster was chosen in consultation with a volunteer committee of experts, which consisted of a library learning commons coordinator, an elementary school teacher, and a children’s and youth collections and services librarian.
See the French-language announcement here.
For more information, please contact:
Program and Events Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Program and Events Coordinator
The English-language touring creators for 2023 are:
* indicates first-time participant
Caroline Adderson, author
Dustin Archibald, author*
Sophie Casson, illustrator *
Marty Chan, author
Jeni Chen, illustrator*
Tziporah Cohen, author*
Peggy Collins, author/illustrator*
Sara de Waard, author*
Khodi Dill, author*
Jennifer Faria, illustrator*
Joan Marie Galat, author
Joshua Goudie, author*
Shauntay Grant, author*
Kathy Jessup, storyteller
Kathy Kacer, author
Edward Kay, author*
Rukhsana Khan, author
Karen Krossing, author
Lydia Lukidis, author*
Carol Matas, author
Sarena and Sasha Nanua, authors*
Alisha Sevigny, author*
Emil Sher, author
Erin Silver, author*
Sadé Smith, author*
Carey Sookocheff, author/illustrator
Ted Staunton, author and Josh Rosen, illustrator*
J. Torres, author
Linda Trinh, author*
Farida Zaman, illustrator*
The French-language touring creators for 2023 are:
Lou Beauchesne, author/illustrator
Dïana Bélice, author
Dana Blue, author
Lora Boisvert, author
Édith Bourget, author
Carolyn Chouinard, author
Rachel Graveline, author
Geneviève Côté, author/illustrator
Stéphanie Deslauriers, author
Pierrette Dubé, author
Geneviève Dumais, author
Jean-Pierre Guillet, author
Olivier Hamel, author
Valerie Harvey, author
Jocelyn Jalette, author/illustrator
Justine Laberge-Vaugeois, author/illustrator
Jannick Lachapelle, author
Sarah Lalonde, author
Marc-André Pilon, author
Manon Plouffe, author
Paul Roux, author/illustrator
Julie Royer, author
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 bookcentre.ca.
Communication-Jeunesse is a national non-profit cultural organization that was founded in 1971 to promote and appreciate Quebec and Franco-Canadian literature aimed at young people up to the age of 17. The vitality of the organization is largely based on the quality of its associative life, and the commitment of its members has been at the heart of its operations since its creation. The members of Communication-Jeunesse enrich its actions and promote its development with much rigor as energy. For more information, please visit communication-jeunesse.qc.ca.
About Storytellers of Canada
Storytellers of Canada is devoted to connecting people, reflecting culture, and inspiring discovery through the art of Storytelling. Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada (SC-CC) was founded in 1993 as a result of a national meeting in Montreal instigated by Rosalyn Cohen. Since then, SC-CC holds an national conference in a different location each year. In 2000, SC-CC was incorporated as a Non-Profit Organization and received its National Arts Service Organization designation. SC-CC functions as the national representative for those involved in maintaining and practicing oral traditions in Canada and encourages the participation of all peoples, by recognizing storytelling as a common root of all cultures and by making strong, positive efforts towards regional and cultural inclusion. For more information, please visit storytellers-conteurs.ca.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
About Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a broad range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world. The Council also raises public awareness and appreciation of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO in Canada to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts. For more information, please visit canadacouncil.ca.
About the Ontario Arts Council
Established in 1963 to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is an agency that operates at arm’s length from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. The OAC’s grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Indigenous arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Francophone arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts. In 2019–20, the OAC invested $51.9 million in 197 communities across Ontario through 1,965 grants to individual artists and 1,152 grants to organizations. For more information, please visit arts.on.ca.