Canadian Children's Book Centre

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Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) is a national non-profit organization that dedicates its resources to promoting quality Canadian children's literature to parents, librarians, teachers, and youth across Canada. Founded in 1976, the CCBC has library collections in five cities across Canada (Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Halifax) with its national office located in Toronto.[1][2]


TD Canadian Children's Book Week
Founded in 1977, TD Canadian Children's Book Week is the largest celebration of Canadian books for young people in Canada.[3] Each spring, authors, illustrators, and storytellers visit communities throughout the country to participate in readings and workshops with Canadian youth. Book week reaches over 35,000 children and teens in schools and libraries across Canada every year.[4] In 2011, Book Week reached new media heights when Canadian television host, Ben Mulroney, was named as the honorary patron for TD Canadian Children's Book Week 2011.[5][6]

TD Grade One Book Giveaway Program
Founded in 2000, in cooperation with ministries of education, school boards, and library organizations across Canada, the TD Grade One Book Giveaway Program was created in order to provide every Grade One student across Canada with the gift of a free book in either English or French.[7][8] Over 500,000 free books are distributed annually to children across the country.[9][10]

Canadian National Children's Book Awards
The Canadian Children's Book Centre, with the help of its sponsors, honours the great achievements of Canadian authors and illustrators through its book awards:[11]


Canadian Children's Book News
A quarterly magazine, Canadian Children's Book News is a review publication that critiques the latest Canadian children's books. It also has author and illustrator interviews, and profiles of Canadian publishers and bookstores.[17][18]

Best Books for Kids and Teens
Directed at teachers, librarians, parents, and writers, Best Books for Kids & Teens is a magazine that acts as a guide to the best Canadian children's books, magazines, audio, and video. Each of the selections is handpicked by expert committees of teachers, educators, and librarians across the country.[19][20]

Get Published: The Writing for Children Kit
A kit for new writers with information on how to submit manuscripts and portfolios, copyright procedures, and a list of current Canadian publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts.[21][22][23]

Directory of Authors, Illustrators, and Storytellers[edit]

The CCBC has an online directory listing authors, illustrators, and storytellers available for school and library visits. Each listing includes the presenter's contact information and reading workshop descriptions.[24][25]


  1. ^, Book Centre, Sept. 27, 2012
  2. ^, About, October 2011
  3. ^, History, October 2011
  4. ^, Canadian Children's Book Week, Sept. 27, 2012
  5. ^, Imaginations travel the world at 2011 TD Canadian Children's Book Week, April 25, 2011
  6. ^, Celebrating TD Canadian Children’s Book Week with Ben Mulroney, May 3, 2011
  7. ^, Reading Worldwide, 2008
  8. ^, TD Grade One Book Giveaway Program 2011, 2011
  9. ^, Creating Opportunities for Young People, 2010
  11. ^, Awards, September 25, 2011
  12. ^, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, October 2011
  13. ^ Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, October 2011
  14. ^, Norma Fleck Award Canadian Children's Nonfiction, October 2011
  15. ^, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, October 2011
  16. ^, John Spray Mystery Award, October 2011
  17. ^, Canadian Children's Book News, September 25, 2011
  18. ^, Canadian Children's Book News, 2011
  19. ^, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Sept. 25, 2011
  20. ^, Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2009
  21. ^, Get Published, October 5, 2016
  22. ^, How to Get Published, September 2, 2011
  23. ^, Becoming a Children's Writer, A Step-by-Step Guide for Adults, 2011
  24. ^, Author and Illustrator Directory, 2011
  25. ^, Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) Membership, Prince Edward Island Writer's Guild, Aug. 22, 2011