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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 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. 


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