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If you love children’s books, you’ve come to the right place!

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.

Finalist for the 2014
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

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The Manager

written by Caroline Stellings

Cape Breton University Press, 2013 | 978-1-927492-47-5 (pb) $11.95 | for Grades 8 and up

“A road trip tale that takes the reader from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Boston featuring boxing, sisters and an unforgettable pit stop with a Johnny Carson-obsessed matriarch… The Manager presents a unique plot about boxing and perseverance in the face of adversity… This novel may read like a boxing story but it is more an exploration into society’s predilection for disregarding others because of perceived flaws… This is a story of resiliency and acceptance and how to stay true to your roots.”

Reviewed by Gillian O'Reilly

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Clockwise Press: New Publishing House Enters the Canadian Children’s Literature Market

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Clockwise Press is the newest entrant into the world of Canadian children’s literature today. The press’s mandate is to publish high-quality young adult and children’s books featuring themes of diversity, inclusion, and global awareness, while fostering a love of reading in both avid and reluctant readers.


Monique Gray Smith Wins 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature First Prize

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The 2014 winners of a unique literary award that provides thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth across Canada with access to culturally-relevant, engaging books every year were announced on September 27th.

Shelagh Rogers and Wab Kinew co-hosted the Winnipeg 2014 gala for CODE’s Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, recognizing outstanding literary works for young adults written by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors.


The Teachers' Book Bank is Here!

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The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is thrilled to launch its Teachers' Book Bank, a collection of Canadian historical fiction and non-fiction books for educators and students. Displayed in a user-friendly way, these books can be used by teachers to introduce topics and themes in Canadian history curricula and by students carrying out research projects. Many of the books also offer opportunities for cross-curricular connections in language arts, geography, the arts, science and other subjects.


Finalists Announced for the 2014 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (September 3, 2014) - The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the finalists for its seven major children’s book awards:

  • TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($30,000)
  • Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)
  • Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000)
  • Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000)
  • John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000)
  • Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy ($5,000)

Book Week 2015: Who's Going Where?

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The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is pleased to announce the tour locations of the 2015 TD Canadian Children’s Book Week authors, illustrators and storytellers!

Twenty-nine authors, illustrators and storytellers from all over Canada will be touring the country from May 2 – 9, 2015 celebrating books, storytelling and the importance of reading.

More information about TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2015, as well as information about each of the tour participants, will be available on www.bookweek.ca in early October, 2014.