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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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The Canadian Children’s Book Centre invites you to attend our Annual General Meeting!


Featuring special guest speaker Kathy Kacer, award-winning children’s author of historical fiction and non-fiction stories.

Kathy Kacer is the author of many books for young readers, including The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser, Clara’s War, The Underground Reporters, Hiding Edith, The Diary of Laura’s Twin, To Hope and Back, Shanghai Escape, and her latest book, The Magician of Auschwitz.


Kathy Kacer, Gillian Newland and Kenneth Oppel Honoured with 2015 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Book Award Logo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (May 15, 2015) – The 2015 winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced today at Toronto’s Alexander Muir / Gladstone Avenue Junior and Senior Public School. The winners were selected by two juries of young readers from the school – a jury of grade 3 and 4 students selected the recipient of the Children’s Picture Book Award, and a jury of grade 7 and 8 students selected the recipient of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award.

Each student read the books individually and then worked together with their group to reach consensus and decide on a winner. This process makes it a unique literary award in Canada.


Winners of the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards Announced

Atlantic Book Awards

The Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to announce winners of the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards. The winners were announced last night (May 14, 2015) at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, after a weeklong Atlantic Book Awards Festival.


Ontario Library Association Announces the 2015 Forest of Reading® Winners

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The votes are in! Over 250,000 children have participated in the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) annual Forest of Reading program and have helped to choose the best Canadian authors and illustrators of our time. The awards were presented on May 12 and 13 at the Toronto Festival of Trees, a “rock star concert for authors” hosted at the Harbourfront Centre.


Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ Welcomes Thousands of Young Readers to Harbourfront Centre

Festival of Trees

What: Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ welcomes thousands of young readers to the Harbourfront Centre site each year for two days of activities celebrating the love of reading—award ceremonies, fun workshops, book signings and more! Events are the culmination of thousands of votes and 250,000 participants from across Ontario, Canada and at international schools.

Presented by the Ontario Library Association and IFOA

When: Tuesday, May 12th & Wednesday May 13th, 10am–2pm

Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Who: More than 80 authors/illustrators, hundreds of Ontario schools and thousands of attendees