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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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Finalists Announced for the 2015 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the finalists for its eight major children’s book awards:

The winners will be announced at the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards and Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse – two invitation-only gala events in Toronto on November 18 and Montreal on November 10. Overall, $135,000 in prize monies will be awarded.


Suri Rosen's Playing with Matches wins 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards

Playing with Matches (cover image)

The winners of the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards were recently announced. The award was founded by a group of prominent writers, editors and scholars to celebrate the vibrancy of Jewish literature and culture in Canada. The awards are hosted and sponsored by the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University, with the co-sponsorship of a consortium of other programs, including Western University’s Holocaust Literature Research Institute, the Concordia University Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies, the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program at the University of Ottawa, the journal Parchment in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University, McGill Department of Jewish Studies, and the Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto.


Lane Anderson Award Announces 2014 Prize Winners

Lane Anderson Award

Honours the Best Science Books in Canada from 2014

Environmental preservation was the dominant theme last night as the Fitzhenry Family Foundation presented authors L.E. Carmichael and Stephen Leahy with the prestigious Lane Anderson Award for the best science writing in Canada in 2014.


Call for Submissions for the 2015 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award

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Our friends at IBBY Canada are now accepting picture books submissions from publishers for the annual Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award / Le Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour le meilleur livre d’images Canadien (the Cleaver Award).

Every year since 1986, IBBY Canada has given the Cleaver Award to a Canadian illustrator in recognition of outstanding artistic talent in a Canadian picture book. The winner receives a cheque for $1,000.00 and a certificate at an annual award ceremony.


Canadian children's authors raise funds for Syrian refugees

Inspired by YA author Patrick Ness, who has started an enormously successful UK fundraising campaign for Syrian refugees, Canadian children's/YA authors Robin Stevenson and Sarah Harvey decided to do something similar in Canada. They are calling on Canadian children's book authors, illustrators and publishers to contribute what they can to Doctors Without Borders. Their goal is to raise $20,000 by Thanksgiving.