Canadian Children’s Book Week
Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian creators with children and teens across Canada. Our touring authors, illustrators, and storytellers speak to audiences about the delights of reading Canadian children’s books, and offer an inside look into their own work. These workshops and presentations can be a turning point in a child’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of reading.
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre subsidizes each presentation so that authors, illustrators, and storytellers are properly compensated. Our subsidies also lower the overall cost of these visits, so that hosts pay a reasonable rate. Authors, illustrators, and storytellers earn $250.00 (plus GST or HST, if applicable) per presentation given during the tour. Host schools and libraries are required to cover this fee and to pay it directly to the authors, illustrators, and storytellers. Presentations are offered as talks or workshops and last 60 minutes but may be divided into two 30 minute sessions to accommodate the attention span of younger participants.
The History of Book Week
The first Children’s Book Festival tour took place in 1977, organized by the newly-established Children’s Book Centre. It featured just eleven authors, taking them to schools across the country over seven jam-packed days.
Today, that celebration, now called Canadian Children’s Book Week, includes dozens of creators and hundreds of events in a single week.
Along the way, we’ve explored countless themes and featured a wide selection of genres. We keep striving to make Book Week an accessible and inclusive celebration, giving students the chance to learn about the diverse experiences of their fellow Canadians.