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The Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not-for-profit organization, founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. With book collections and extensive resources in five cities across Canada, the CCBC is a treasure-trove for anyone interested in Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers.

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Book Week 2015 Writing Contest - Deadline January 31

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Young writers from across Canada, in grades 4 to 12, are invited to submit their stories and/or poems (fiction or non-fiction) to the Book Week 2015 Writing Contest for Kids & Teens.

Judging is done by noted writers from across Canada and one winner from each grade will receive a $250 gift certificate for the bookstore of his or her choice. Two honourable mentions from each grade category will also receive $50 gift certificates.

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Books About Mental Health for #BellLetsTalk

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January 28 is Bell Let's Talk Day 2015, an initiative focused on raising awareness and encouraging dialogue about mental health. To encourage discussion, our librarian has put together the following list of fiction and non-fiction children's and YA books that feature themes relating to mental health. Pick up these titles at your local bookstore or library.


National Reading Campaign Announces 2015 Locations of ‘Reading Town Canada’

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2015 - In keeping with Family Literacy Day on January 27th, the National Reading Campaign is thrilled to announce that the 2nd annual Reading Town Canada will be held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

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70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

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January 27, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest network of camps established by the Nazi regime during the Second World War. Commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz in your classroom or library with The Magician of Auschwitz by Kathy Kacer and Gillian Newland (illus.), published by Second Story Press.


Freedom to Read Week Marks 31st Year


The Book and Periodical Council and its Freedom of Expression Committee are pleased to announce the 31st annual Freedom to Read Week in Canada. A national celebration of freedom of expression that takes place in libraries, schools and arts venues across Canada, this year’s program runs from February 22 to 28, 2015.