We’re striving to preserve Canada’s literary history.
Some of Canada’s most beloved characters grace the pages of the children’s books that line the shelves of the CCBC’s library collections. From a princess who tames dragons in Munsch’s classic feminist tale, to a little girl who knows that “red is best,” young readers have fallen in love with these iconic Canadian characters.
Canadian publishers have produced an extraordinary array of award-winning works for more than four decades. These books have allowed children to read stories that reflect our rich historical mosaic through uniquely Canadian perspectives—perspectives that children can relate to on a deeply personal level.
Written by Canadians from coast to coast to coast, the books in our collections help children understand the world—and all its joys and challenges—through the imaginative power of a good story.
Collections housed in academic institutions are essential resources for students and professionals involved in education and information studies.
Our public library collections support educators working within regional school curriculums, and serve as inspiration for budding children’s writers and illustrators.
Here’s where you’ll find the CCBC’s regional collections:
Vancouver, British Columbia
Education Library, University of British Columbia
Faculty of Education (Scarfe Building)
2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4
Contact: Jennifer Fairchild-Simms
Rutherford Library, University of Alberta
Rutherford North, 2nd Floor
11208 89 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2J8
Contact: Trish Chatterley
Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba
25 Chancellors Circle, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2
Contact: Cody Fullerton
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Mount Saint Vincent University Library
166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS, B3M 2J6
Contact: Meg Raven
Hamilton, Ontario (Coming 2023)
Hamilton Public Library
Photo Credit: RDHA
Toronto, Ontario (Coming 2023)
Toronto Metropolitan University Library
The Toronto Metropolitan University requires a pass card to access building on campus. Outside visitors will not be able to access the book collection without making prior arrangements.
How to Visit
You can visit most of our collections without an appointment, although we recommend that you check the library’s website for their protocols and hours of operation.