Read Canadian at Home: Resources for Parents

Like families all across the country, the CCBC is currently in self-isolation. Just because we’re spending some time away from each other doesn’t mean that we can’t connect through stories in this difficult time. Updated daily, here is our list of resources for parents of young readers. Have anything you’d like to add? E-mail 


Author and Illustrator Livestreams
Fun Activities on Social Media
Resources and Teachers’ Guides
Learning Abut Covid-19
Ways To Buy Books
Publisher Copyright
Resources For Authors and Illustrators

Author and Illustrator Livestreams

CCBC Events Calendar

Kevin Sylvester

Daily Readings fro Blue Spruce Authors

Virtual Writing Workshop for Kids and Teens with Vikki VanSickle 

Dan Bar-el

Lana Button

Heather Camlot

Alice Aspinall

Tundra Virtual Storytime Schedule 

Sue Irwin

Connie Kappler

Kerry MacGregor

Susin Nielsen 

Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Kenneth Oppel

Ahmad Danny Ramadan

Peter H. Reynolds

David Alexander Robertson 

Monique Gray Smith

Joel Sutherland

Vikki VanSickle 

Tina Athaide, author of middle-grade novel Orange for the Sunsets, is happy to schedule 10 minute author book chats with students that have read the book. Families can email her at to schedule.

Holly Bodher also host 30 minute virtual bookclubs/Q&As for free and be contacted at In these, she can answer questions about her book 5 to 1 or about writing in general.

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Simon’s Guide to Surviving Boredom by Cale Atkinson

The Adventures of Lollipop Comics (updated daily)

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FATTY LEGS Intro and Chapter 1 for Educators and Classroom Use

Kids Craft Tutorial by illustrator Ashley Barron

Dawn Baker Reads: Around Newfoundland

Talking About Books with Kids

Ishta Mercurio-Wentworth 

Markus Harwood-Jones reads from Romeo for Real and Just Julian

Isobel’s Stanley Cup

Videos from Owlkids

Authors and Illustrators for I Read Canadian Day

National Film Board of Canada

Canadian Book Heroes 

Found Object Doodles by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Rukhsana Khan Homeschool Workshop 

E. Graziani

Mahtab Narsimhan

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YA Write with Amy Mathers

Readerly by the CCBC

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Fun Activities on Social Media


MG Lit Book Club

Kim Smith: Boxitect Building Challenge

Keven Sylvester: What Should I Draw?

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Resources and Teachers’ Guides

NEW! The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben activity 

You Are Never Alone Teacher’s Guide

Penguin Young Readers Group: Writing Tips for Teens

Write Start Challenge

Birdsong by Julie Flett Guide

4 Canoes : Empowering & Authentic Indigenous Voices

The Book Pantry: Book Guide

Tundra Activity Guides

FOLD Academy Kids

Highwater Press Teacher’s Guides

HarperCollins: At Home Resources for Kids and Families During Coronavirus 2020

Simon & Schuster Books and Activities for Kids

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger Educator’s Guide

Tundra Resources and Activity Kits

Activities for Books by Lee Edward Fodi

The Boreal Forest resources, lesson plans, and behind-the-scenes content – new material every Friday until June 12

Activities for Giraffe and Bird by Rebecca Bender

Teacher’s Guides for Books for Philippa Dowding

Reading Guide for Orange for the Sunsets by Tina Athaide

Groundwood Books Resources

Curio Teachers’ Resources

Activities for Dirt to Dinner by Connie Kappler

Teddy Bear of the Year by Vikki VanSickle Activity Kit

Cree Seasons Activity Book by Miriam Körner 

Scholastic Learn at Home

Safety Stars – Players who fought to make the hard-hitting game of professional hockey safer Resource Guide

Writing Course for Ages 6-10 by Alice Kuipers

Scholastic Canada Free Digital Resources Online

My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett, Activities

Alison Hughes Teachers’ Guides

Margriet Ruurs Teachers’ Guides

Study Guide for Breaking Faith by E. Graziani

Study Guide for War in My Town by E. Graziani

Think Indigenous — Online Indigenous Education K-8

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Learning Abut Covid-19

How to Explain Covid-19 to Kids with Dr. Jillian Roberts

Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus

Corona Virus Free Printable by Elise Gravel

Resources for Talking to Kids about Covid-19 with Dr. Jillian Robert’s The World Around Us Series

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Colouring Pages for EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street by Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Emma Fitzgerald

Owlkids Printable Activities

My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett, Printables

Canadian Children’s Book Week Printables

The Pop Classics Activity Book

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Ways To Buy Books

Canoe Kids: Empowering & Authentic Indigenous Voices

Orca Book Publishers Digital Subscriptions, with a special 3 month discount 

Canadian Indie Bookstores Who Deliver

Ella Minnow Children’s Bookstore is offering free local deliveries, curb-side pickup and virtual shopping

Free Shipping from Crwth Press

Shelf Life Books in Calgary has home delivery and curb-side pickup 

Pages on Kensington in Calgary is offering free local delivery

Librarie Drawn & Quarterly in Montreal is offering free local delivery and Canada wide shipping

Mabel’s Fables in Toronto is offering curb-side pickup, Davisville delivery, courier in Toronto and can ship anywhere

The Beguiling in Toronto is offering mail order only

Queen Books in Toronto is offering local delivery for $3

Lucky’s Comics in Vancouver is offering local deliveries and mail orders

Words Worth Books in Waterloo, ON is offering free delivery until April 11th, with a portion of delivery sales will be donated to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region

McNally Robinson in Winnipeg is offering curb-side pickup, next day delivery in Winnipeg for as low as $5, next day delivery to Saskatoon for $5 in most areas and Shipping across Canada via Canada Post, with a flat rate of $8 if you spend $30 or more

“Reading Together, Apart” from House of Anansi and Groundwood Books: Buy a book and receive a free digital copy for a friend

Woozles Bookstore in Halifax is offering free local delivery

Type Books in Toronto is offering free local delivery and curb-side pickup

Book City in Toronto is offering free local delivery

The Book Shelf in Guelph is offering free local delivery

A Different Drummer Bookstore in Burlington is offering free local delivery

Lighthouse Books in Brighton Ontario is offering free local delivery

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Publisher Fair Use for Online Readings  

Canadian Publishers Launch “Read Aloud Canadian Books” Program for Teachers & Librarians

Groundwood Books Online Reading Guidelines 

Simon & Schuster Online Book Reading Guidelines

Penguin Random House Open License Online Story Time and Classroom Read-Aloud Videos and Live Events

Kids Can Press Social Media Fair Use

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Resources for Authors and Illustrators  

NEW! 15 Ways Authors are Using Instagram to Overcome Physical Distancing Challenges

Children’s Book Marketing in the Time of Covid-19

Resources and Tips for Creating Virtual Events

How To Make Your Live-Stream Content Accessible

A Book Launch Plan for First-Time Authors Without an Online Presence

Coronavirus Updates: Impact on Children’s Books

How to Use Zoom for Your Virtual Book Tour

Hosting accessible online events, meetings and webinars



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