Aubrey Davis (1949–2022)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Aubrey Davis. Born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1949, Aubrey grew up loving to read Greek myths, Tom Sawyer, and Mad Magazine. Before he became an accomplished storyteller and author, he worked many different jobs, from construction labourer to retail salesman to an antique restorer. Aubrey’s passion for writing and telling stories eventually won out, however. As a young man, he travelled across Europe and North Africa and discovered traditional Teaching-Stories collected by the Afghan writer Idries Shah.

For 40 years he told traditional stories to people of all ages across North America. And he taught oral language for 17 years to primary and special needs students. “I taught them language through stories. They taught me how to tell simple, clear and dramatic tales. One day I was invited to tell a Chanukah story to a young audience. I couldn’t find one I liked, so I wrote Bone Button Borscht. The children loved it and so did the publisher, Kids Can Press.”  Aubrey went on to write The Enormous Potato, Bagels from Benny, A Hen for Izzy Pippik, and more award-winning children’s books. 

He spent almost 17 years working with adolescents in Toronto who identified as having special needs, and the primary method through which he educated them was by way of the telling of stories. Aubrey also worked extensively through the Institute for Cross-cultural Exchange and Books Without Borders to make Shah’s children’s books available to children who are less fortunate in emerging civilizations all over the world. Because of his efforts, a total of a quarter of a million books were given to children’s libraries in Canada, as well as in Afghanistan.

Aubrey has two surviving grown children and three granddaughters, as well as his storytelling wife, Sandra Carpenter-Davis.

Sources:

Funeral Homes News

AubreyDavis.com

We’re Looking for a Web Designer: Deadline Extended to January 13

Toronto (December 13, 2022) The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce that we are now issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a redesign of our website, bookcentre.ca. Please review the summary below and submit your proposal by January 13, 2023

Summary:

The Canadian Children’s Book (CCBC) is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) to select and enlist a Canadian design agency or independent contractor to design and build a visually pleasing, accessible, and contemporary website. The site must:

1. Present the CCBC as a trusted, respected, longstanding organization with a powerful voice and vision.

2. Showcase all the excellent work and advocacy of the CCBC on behalf of its members, subscribers, donors, and the children’s literary community at large.

3. Compel people/organizations to get involved/support by donating, funding, making a purchase, or signing up for membership. 

Download the full RFP PDF here.

For more information, please contact:

Tara Mandarano
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
tara@bookcentre.ca

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.

Apply to Host a Presentation  or Workshop by Canadian  Authors, Illustrators & Storytellers!

Toronto (December 8, 2022) The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications from schools, libraries, and community groups who wish to host creators participating in our 2023 Canadian Children’s Book Week tour. 

Who can apply to host a presentation and/or workshop?
Our goal is to reach as many young people as possible through this program: schools, public libraries, community groups, literacy networks, family resource centres, and homeschooling associations. If you’ve got an audience wanting to read more great Canadian books for kids and teens and be inspired to develop their budding skills as writers, artists, and storytellers, you have the ideal audience!

What format will it be?
In-person: This year, ten of the Book Week authors/illustrators/storytellers touring will be doing in-person visits.

Virtual format: The other twenty-two Book Week authors/illustrators/storytellers will be presenting virtually on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, or whichever platform works best for your group.

If reliable internet access is a barrier for your school, library, organization, or community, please contact us about our Book Week program kits.

Who’s touring by region?
Here is a list, divided by region, of the dynamic Canadian authors/illustrators/storytellers on tour. You can access the profile pages of the Book Week creators by clicking on their names in the list.

How to apply?
Click here to access and complete the host application form for your region.

Deadline?
Applications are due by end of day, Friday January 13, 2023.

For more details, check out our website at bookweek.ca

For more information, please contact:

Carol-Ann Hoyte
Events and Program Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
carol-ann@bookcentre.ca

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.

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 a 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 practising 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.

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.

Appel de soumissions pour le programme Un livre à moi TD pour les élèves de première année 2023

Le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien (CLJC) invite tous les éditeurs canadiens à soumettre des albums jeunesse pour le programme Un livre à moi TD 2023 qui s’adresse aux élèves de première année. Nous recherchons une œuvre écrite et illustrée par des créatrices ou des créateurs canadiens et publiée par un éditeur canadien. Les livres autopubliés sont également admissibles tant que toutes les parties concernées sont canadiennes. Les livres distribués sur le marché canadien qui sont publiés par des maisons d’édition non canadiennes ne sont pas admissibles. Ils doivent être publiés sous une empreinte canadienne.

Cela fait partie de l’objectif du programme Un livre à moi TD de première année de présenter des personnages de différentes ethnies, cultures, sexes, structures familiales et capacités intellectuelles ou physiques. Cette année, nous recherchons un album dont les créateurs ou les créatrices sont issus des communautés asiatiques, qui parle des expériences asiatiques au Canada et qui convient aux élèves de 1re année. Les communautés asiatiques incluent également les communautés d’Asie du Sud, d’Asie de l’Est et des îles du Pacifique. C’est l’espoir du CLJC de soutenir l’important travail accompli par le mouvement pour contrer le racisme anti-asiatique à travers notre choix de livre. Nous accueillons les soumissions qui traitent des problèmes de racisme manifeste ainsi que des microagressions; cependant, les histoires soumises ne sont pas tenues de porter spécifiquement ces thèmes, tant qu’elles centrent des personnages d’origine asiatique.

C’est notre espoir et celui de notre généreux mécène, le Groupe Banque TD, que le titre choisi permettra aux jeunes lecteurs de se voir dépeints avec précision et profondeur tout en favorisant le développement de leur empathie et leur compréhension des autres. Nous sommes reconnaissants à La promesse TD Prêts à agir, la plateforme mondiale de citoyenneté d’entreprise de la TD, et de sa capacité à aider à ouvrir les portes vers un avenir plus inclusif et durable. La TD aspire à aider à créer les conditions dont chacun a besoin pour réussir, se sentir inclus et participer pleinement à un monde en évolution.

Le titre pour le programme Un livre à moi TD pour les élèves de première année est distribué dans les deux langues officielles. Ainsi, si le livre n’est pas déjà disponible en anglais, le livre sélectionné sera traduit. Si le livre que vous soumettez est déjà disponible en anglais, veuillez indiquer le nom de l’éditeur qui a publié cette traduction.

Le livre choisi doit être disponible dans des formats accessibles. Si le livre n’est pas déjà disponible dans ces formats, l’éditeur doit être prêt à effectuer le travail pour s’assurer que le livre est disponible dans des formats accessibles avant sa distribution dans le cadre du programme Un livre à moi TD. Les livres en braille sont créés par la fondation INCA, et pour ce faire, il est fort possible que l’on demande votre collaboration pour écrire la description des illustrations afin de s’assurer d’une bonne interprétation de ces dernières. Par contre, pour permettre aux enfants éprouvant des difficultés visuelles d’avoir accès au livre, l’éditeur s’engage à créer une version e-pub avec une description verbale des illustrations.

Veuillez nous envoyer un PDF de votre/vos soumission(s) à carol-ann@bookcentre.ca. La date limite de soumission est le vendredi 13 janvier 2023. 

Puisqu’il s’agit d’une distribution pancanadienne d’un livre gratuit, les arrangements financiers pour l’auteur, l’illustrateur et l’éditeur ne sont pas basés sur les redevances traditionnelles. Le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien verse des redevances à l’éditeur du livre sélectionné, que l’éditeur attribue ensuite à l’auteur, à l’illustrateur et à l’éditeur.

La production, l’impression et la distribution du livre sélectionné sont coordonnées par le CLJC. En septembre/octobre, les livres sont expédiés de l’imprimeur aux ministères de l’Éducation, aux conseils scolaires, aux Centre de services scolaire et aux bibliothèques pour être ensuite distribués aux écoles de leur région.

Les éditeurs qui envisagent d’envoyer des soumissions doivent garder à l’esprit que si plus de 580 000 exemplaires distribués gratuitement n’ont pas nécessairement d’impact sur les ventes potentielles à long terme d’un livre, ils accaparent certainement une part importante du marché à court terme.

Le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien est honoré de faire partie de ce programme annuel de distribution de livres. Nous savons que les éditeurs jeunesse au Canada partagent le désir avec le CLJC et la TD d’accroître l’accès aux livres et à la lecture pour les jeunes Canadiens de tout le pays.

Cordialement,

Sarah Sahagian
Directrice générale
Le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien
416 975-0010, poste 1
sarah@bookcentre.ca

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR 2023 TD GRADE ONE BOOK GIVEAWAY 

en français

The CCBC invites all Canadian publishers to submit Canadian picture books for us to consider for the 2023 TD Grade One Book Giveaway. We are looking for a picture book written by a Canadian author, illustrated by a Canadian illustrator, and published by a Canadian publisher. Self-published books are also eligible as long as all parties involved are Canadian. Books distributed to the Canadian market that are published by non-Canadian imprints are not eligible. They must be published under a Canadian imprint.  

It is part of the TD Grade One Book Giveaway’s focus to feature characters of different ethnicities, cultures, genders, family structures, and abilities. This year, we are seeking a picture book by creators from Asian communities that speaks to Asian experiences in Canada, and one that is appropriate for Grade 1 students. We welcome submissions from and about South Asian, East Asian, and Pacific Islander communities. It is the CCBC’s hope to support the important work being done by the “Stop Asian Hate” movement through our choice of book. We welcome submissions that address issues of overt racism as well as microaggressions; however, submitted stories are not required to specifically encompass such themes, as long as they centre characters of Asian backgrounds.

It is our hope and that of our generous supporter, TD Bank Group, that the selected title will enable young readers to see themselves portrayed with accuracy and depth while helping to foster empathy and understanding of others. We are grateful for the TD Ready Commitment, TD’s global corporate citizenship platform, and its ability to help open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow. TD aspires to help create the conditions that everyone needs to succeed, feel included, and fully participate in a changing world.

The TD Grade One Book Giveaway title is distributed in both official languages; therefore, if the book is not already available in French (or English), the selected book will be translated. If the book you are submitting is already available in French, please indicate the French title and the name of the French publisher.

The chosen book must be available in accessible formats. If the book is not already available in these formats, the publisher must be willing to do the work to make sure the book is available in accessible formats in advance of distribution for the TD Grade One Book Giveaway.

Please email us a PDF of your submission(s) to Carol-Ann Hoyte at carol-ann@bookcentre.ca. The deadline to submit is Friday, January 13, 2023. 

Since this is a Canada-wide distribution of a free book, the financial arrangements for the author, illustrator and publisher are not based on traditional royalties. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre provides a fee to the publisher of the selected book, which the publisher then allocates to the author, illustrator and publisher. 

The production, printing and distribution of the selected book are coordinated by the CCBC. In September/October, books are shipped from the printer to ministries of education, school boards and library organizations for further distribution to the schools in their region. 

Publishers considering submissions should keep in mind that while 580,000+ copies distributed free doesn’t necessarily impact the long-term potential sales of a book, it definitely captures a sizable portion of the market in the short term.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is honoured to be part of this annual book giveaway program. We know that children’s publishers in Canada share the desire with the CCBC and TD to increase access to reading opportunities for Canadian young people across our country. 

Sincerely,

Sarah Sahagian
Executive Director
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
416 975-0010 ext. 1
sarah@bookcentre.ca

Winners for the 2022 QWF Awards Announced

On Monday, November 14, 2022, Quebec’s English-language literary community gathered for the first fully in-person gala in over two years. The 2022 QWF Literary Awards Gala marked a new addition to the QWF awards roster. The first-ever QWF Spoken Word Prize was awarded to three spoken word artists in recognition of their outstanding literary achievement. With the addition of the Spoken Word Prize, this year’s gala bestowed the largest number of awards in QWF history.

The theme for the event was “Complex Times: When Nothing Is Black and White.” Attendees got in the spirit of the theme by dressing up in anything but black and white.

In the youth category, the 2022 Janet Savage Blachford Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature was awarded to Mina, by Matthew Forsythe, published by Simon & Schuster Canada.

According to jury members Sean Dixon, Nadia Lakhdari, and Lauren Soloy: “This is a profound story wrapped in the most basic structure and vivid drawings: a story as simple as The Three Little Pigs that sticks in the head to be called back when you least expect it… This uniquely told, beautifully illustrated story manages to look directly at the big idea of parental fallibility—wrapped up with love and faith and trust—from such a distinctly child’s eye that we don’t even know it’s doing it.”

You can watch the entire gala ceremony on YouTube here.


Orbie’s La fin des poux? wins the 2022 Prix TD!


Français

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Montreal (November 15, 2022)—Communication-Jeunesse (CJ) and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) are pleased to announce that the 2022 Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse has been awarded to La fin des poux? written and illustrated by Orbie, and published by Éditions Les 400 coups. Sponsored by TD Bank Group, Orbie takes home the $50,000 prize, while her publisher receives $2,500 for promotional purposes. An additional $10,000 is shared among the creators of the four remaining finalist titles for their contribution to Canadian French-language children’s literature.

The award ceremony video was hosted by Stéphane Masquida, Executive Director of Communication-Jeunesse, and produced by Studio CJ. Prior to the announcement of the winner, the five jury members each spoke about one of the five finalist titles. A recording of the ceremony is available on CJ’s YouTube channel, as well as on Bibliovideo, the CCBC’s YouTube channel.

“Thank you to Orbie, winner of this prestigious award, for imagining such a delightful ‘end to lice’ that is on point in depicting the world of children and their parents. The pandemic has found its ‘classic,’” says Masquida. “Congratulations to the creators of the four finalist titles and their publishers: they brilliantly demonstrate the diverse themes and expressions of French-language children’s literature in this country.”

Communication-Jeunesse and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre warmly thank TD Bank Group for offering the country’s largest children’s literature prize to the creators of Canadian French-language children’s literature.

“My warmest and most sincere congratulations to Orbie for winning the Prix TD with La fin des poux? At TD, we believe that by inspiring a love of reading in children and encouraging early childhood education, we are opening doors to a more inclusive and sustainable future. Reading stimulates children’s curiosity and imagination and introduces them to a world without limits. Thank you to Orbie and the finalists for their contribution to Canadian francophone literature,” says Sylvie Demers, President, Quebec Market, TD Bank Group.

“Congratulations to Orbie,” says Sarah Sahagian, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. “This memorable picture book vibrantly represents the experience of confinement and social distancing. It is beautifully illustrated, cleverly written, and so applicable to the lives of children during a pandemic. Readers are sure to love this wonderful story! We would also like to congratulate the winners of the English-language TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, author David A. Robertson and illustrator Julie Flett, who won for their beautiful picture book On the Trapline (Tundra Books).”

A total of $62,500 in prize money was awarded today. An additional $116,000 was awarded on September 29 to the winners of the CCBC’s eight English-language book awards.

Congratulations to Orbie and all the finalists of the Prix TD!




La fin des poux?
Written and illustrated by Orbie (Cap d’Espoir, QC)
Éditions Les 400 coups
For ages 5 and up

With lots of humour and talent, author and illustrator Orbie recounts the fate of a family of lice during the pandemic. With La fin des poux? she is once again inspired by childhood, both in her illustration style, which is reminiscent of kids’ drawings, and in the theme, which is well anchored in the daily lives of families. In addition to making both young and old laugh, this picture book stands out for its unique comparison between the behaviour of lice and that of humans during confinement.

Prix TD honour books include:

  • Dans mon garde-robe, written by Aimée Verret (La courte echelle)
  • Les devoirs d’Edmond, written by Hugo Léger and illustrated by Julie Rocheleau (Éditions Les 400 coups)
  • La guerre des bébés, written by Carole Tremblay and illustrated by Élodie Duhameau (La courte echelle)
  • Papier bulle, written by Simon Boulerice and illustrated by Eve Patenaude (Éditions XYZ)

For more details on the honour books, click here.

JURY MEMBERS: Alex-Anne Flambert, teacher and blog creator, La Bibliomaniaque; Fatima Khlifi, pedagogical consultant, Conseil scolaire Viamonde; Julien Leclerc, pedagogical consultant, Centre de services scolaire de Montréal (CSSDM) and blog contributor, J’enseigne avec la littérature jeunesse; Marjolaine Séguin, school librarian and co-founder, Prix Espiègle; Mylène Viens, author and Project Manager, Réseau des arts de la parole et des arts et initiatives littéraires (RAPAIL).

For more information, please contact:

Prix TD — Francophone component (communications)

Sandrine Gagné
Consultant
Morin Relations Publiques
sandrine@morinrp.com
438-873-2909
morinrp.com

Prix TD — Francophone component (organization)

Stéphane Masquida
Executive Director
Communication-Jeunesse
s.masquida@cjqc.ca
514-823-0702
communication-jeunesse.qc.ca

Prix TD — Anglophone component (organization)

Carol-Ann Hoyte
Program and Events Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
carol-ann@bookcentre.ca
416-975-0010 ext. 4
bookcentre.ca

About the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse
The Prix TD is the most generous prize offered each year to creators of Canadian children’s literature. It recognizes excellence in Canadian children’s literature by awarding a $50,000 cash prize to a French-language book deemed to have made a significant contribution to excellence in Canadian children’s literature. The publisher of the winning book receives $2,500 for promotion and publicity. An additional $10,000 is shared amongst the creators of the four remaining finalists for their contribution to Canadian children’s literature.

About TD’s Global Social Responsibility
TD has a long‐standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow—Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment, TD aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident—not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit td.com/thereadycommitment.

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.

About Communication-Jeunesse
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 age 0 to 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 as much rigor as energy. For more information, please visit communication-jeunesse.qc.ca.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre Launches Phase II of Its Picture Book Gallery, Just in Time for the Holidays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (November 14, 2022) — The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the addition of more artists to its Picture Book Gallery.

During the second phase of this initiative, artwork by the following seven creators has now been added: Rebecca Bender, Jamileh Salek, Celia Godkin, Peggy Collins, Sahar Abdallah, Jeni Chen, and Loris Lesynski.

A three-person jury conducted the process of selecting the new artists to showcase in the gallery. The jury members were Kathryn Cole, a publishing professional, who in her 50-plus years in the business has held various positions, including illustrator, art director, and children’s book publisher; Audrey Hudson, Richard & Elizabeth Currie Chief, Education & Programming, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO); and Paul Wildridge, president, Roberts Gallery.

In 2021, the CCBC introduced the Picture Book Gallery with an inaugural collection of art created by 14 illustrators: Barbara Reid, Sue Todd, Soyeon Kim, François Thisdale, Gary Clement, Qin Leng, Marie-Louise Gay, Michael Martchenko, Michele Nidenoff, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Anne Villeneuve, Jeremy Tankard, Kevin Sylvester, and Wallace Edwards.

The Picture Book Gallery features Canadian illustrators (many award-winning) who sell prints and original art to support the CCBC’s annual Canadian Children’s Book Week program. Illustrators donate 60 percent of the value of their art sold in support of the CCBC. All funds raised contribute to connecting authors, illustrators, and storytellers with young audiences across Canada.

Two of the illustrators recently added to the gallery, Peggy Collins and Jeni Chen, will be touring as part of Book Week 2023.

Canadian Children’s Book Week is the most influential national event celebrating Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. Each year, hundreds of presentations are given to thousands of children, teens, and adults in over 100 communities across the country as we make every possible effort to reach children in more remote regions and communities. The upcoming Canadian Children’s Book Week tour will take place from April 30–May 6, 2023.

“As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and the illustrations from our favourite picture books are no different,” says Sarah Sahagian, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. “Our online Picture Book Gallery offers a selection of one-of-a-kind art pieces by Canada’s favourite illustrators. These works of art would be perfect for use in libraries, schools, and workplaces. The pieces found in The Picture Book Gallery also make meaningful holiday gifts that are sure to be enjoyed for decades to come! Ultimately, each piece in this curated collection was chosen because it is both beautiful and inspirational. When patrons purchase one of these iconic works, they will receive the added satisfaction of knowing a portion of the proceeds go directly to the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, funding Book Week, a program that was founded in 1977, and which brings Canadian authors and illustrators to schools and libraries across the country.”

Purchases can be made at thepicturebookgallery.com. More information about Canadian Children’s Book Week and the 2023 tour can be found at bookweek.ca.

For more information, please contact: 


Tara Mandarano
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
416 975-0010 ext. 2
tara@bookcentre.ca


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.

Kids’ Books to Celebrate World Kindness Day!

World Kindness Day is observed around the world on November 13 every year. If you’re a parent, teacher, or librarian, sometimes the best way to teach the kids in your life about an important value is to read a book with them about the subject. Children need to discover what makes them different to celebrate what makes them unique. We all know a kind word can go a long way and even make someone’s day, so check out our Canadian booklist below for children’s books that weave the theme of kindness into their words and pictures as they highlight the importance of being thoughtful and compassionate in our daily lives—whether we’re interacting with others or learning how to be kind to ourselves.

Kindness is a Golden Heart
Written by Jessica Kluthe
Illustrated by Charlene Chua
Orca Book Publishers, 2022
ISBN: 978-1-4598-3285-5

From sunrise to sunset, a young child has opportunities to demonstrate kindness—to their parent, their pet, and themself—and to receive kindness as well. Young readers learn how to use their “golden heart” by guiding them through many ways to be kind.


A World of Kindness
Edited by Ann Featherstone
Illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo
Pajama Press, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-7727-8050-5

Nine celebrated children’s picture book illustrators, including Rebecca Bender, Wallace Edwards, and Suzanne Del Rizzo, unite to create an empowering text that celebrates the ways young children can show kindness.


When We Are Kind/Nihá’ádaahwiinít’íj̨go
Written by Monique Gray Smith
Illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt
Translated by Mildred Waters
Orca Book Publishers, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-4598-2753-0
Ages 3-10 RL: Grade 2

This dual-language picture book—in English and Diné—celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives.


Choose Kindness
Written and illustrated by Ruth Ohi
Scholastic Canada, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-44318-251-5
Ages 3-8 RL: Grades 2-3

Bunny is having a tough morning, but manages to brighten up and get out the door. Pretty soon Bunny comes across Beetle, who needs a little cheering too. Bunny and Beetle band together and they come across Marten. They are just what Marten needed, and the three carry on. Along the way they pick up Wren and Lemming too. Their care and attention to each other’s feelings boosts everyone’s mood. When they find Bear, who has forgotten something important, they joyfully come together to make a big difference.


What Kids Did: Stories of Kindness and Invention in the Time of COVID-19
Written by Erin Silver
Second Story Press, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-77260-164-0
Ages 6-9 RL: Grade 3

In early 2020, the COVID-19 virus changed the world. We had to stay apart, away from work, school, and our everyday routines. But, all around the world, kids came up with creative and thoughtful ways to help others. From making 3-D printed medical equipment to food bank fundraising, kids made a difference in their communities.


Angus All Aglow
Written by Heather Smith
Illustrated by Alice Carter
Orca Book Publishers, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-4598-1493-6
Ages 3-7 RL: Grade 4

Angus loves sparkly things, so much so that he can hear them. To Angus, shiny objects not only look beautiful, they also crackle, buzz and go whiz-bang-POP! His unique ability is lost, however, when Angus wears his grandma’s beaded necklace to school, and his classmates tease him. Saddened by their laughter, Angus stops hearing the sparkle. But a kind gesture from a friend helps to restore his sparkle.


The Caterpillar Woman
Written by Nadia Sammurtok
Illustrated by Carolyn Gan
Inhabit Media, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-77227-083-9
Ages 8 and up RL: Grades 3-4

Kind-hearted Piujuq loves to take walks on the tundra surrounded by butterflies. One day, a stranger asks for a favour and Piujuq obliges. That kindness leaves Piujuq stuck in the body of a caterpillar. Thinking no one could love her now and afraid of frightening her family, Piujuq lives a lonely life on the tundra. Until the day another stranger appears…


My Name is Konisola
Written by Alisa Siegel
Second Story Press, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-77260-119-0
Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 4-5

On a freezing cold winter night, nine-year-old Konisola and her mother step off a plane in Canada. Their home in Nigeria is no longer safe for them, and they are taking the biggest chance of their lives to travel across the world in search of refuge. Soon after they land, disaster strikes, Konisola’s mother falls ill and they become separated. Konisola is forced to fend for herself in a strange country, with no family and no friends. Then she meets a remarkable nurse and things begin to change for the better. But Konisola’s future remains uncertain. Will this new life she has found be taken from her? Inspired by a true story.


No Vacancy
Written by Tziporah Cohen
Groundwood Books, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-77306-410-9
Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 5-6

When her family buys the run-down Jewel Motor Inn, 11-year-old Miriam makes it an adventure. She befriends Kate, whose grandma owns the local diner, as well as Maria, the motel housekeeper, and Father Donovan. When it becomes apparent only a miracle will save the motel—now her home—Jewish Miriam and Catholic Kate decide to create one of their own.

Announcing tour roster for Canadian Children’s Book Week 2023 / Dévoilement des participants de la Tournée Lire à tout vent 2023

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:


Carol-Ann Hoyte
Program and Events Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
carol-ann@bookcentre.ca


Isabelle Chartrand-Delorme
Program and Events Coordinator
Communication-Jeunesse
i.chartrand-delorme@communication-jeunesse.qc.ca


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 Beauchesneauthor/illustrator

Dïana Béliceauthor

Dana Blueauthor

Lora Boisvertauthor

Édith Bourgetauthor

Carolyn Chouinardauthor

Rachel Gravelineauthor

Geneviève Côtéauthor/illustrator

Stéphanie Deslauriersauthor

Pierrette Dubéauthor

Geneviève Dumaisauthor

Jean-Pierre Guilletauthor

Olivier Hamelauthor

Valerie Harveyauthor

Jocelyn Jaletteauthor/illustrator

Justine Laberge-Vaugeoisauthor/illustrator

Jannick Lachapelleauthor

Sarah Lalonde, author

Marc-André Pilonauthor

Manon Plouffeauthor

Paul Rouxauthor/illustrator

Julie Royerauthor

 


 

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.

About Communication-Jeunesse
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.