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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.

Recent News


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.


When Everything Feels like the Movies Announced as Finalist for Canada Reads 2015


When Everything Feels like the Movies (Arsenal Pulp Press), the acclaimed young-adult novel by debut author Raziel Reid of Vancouver, is a finalist for CBC Radio’s Canada Reads 2015 competition, whose theme is “Books That Break Barriers.” Raziel’s book will be duking it out with four other great barrier-breaking books: And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier (translated by Rhonda Mullins); The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King; Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee; and Ru by Kim Thúy (translated by Sheila Fischman).


Ted Harrison (1926-2015)

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It is with deep sadness that we announce that Canadian painter and children's author/illustrator Ted Harrison passed away on January 15, 2015. Born in Wingate, County Durham, England, Ted was only two when his father first gave him a pencil and paper and told him to draw. In 1943, he enrolled in the Hartlepool College of Art where he studied art and design. However, his studies were interrupted by World War II. When Ted turned 18 he left school and joined the army.

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Family Literacy Day (January 27, 2015)

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Family Literacy Day, held annually on January 27, was created to encourage families to engage in literacy-based activities together. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has compiled a list of Canadian books that share in the joys (and struggles) of families of all sizes and combinations, and invite conversation for readers of all ages. Celebrate this year's Family Literacy Day with one of these fine books.


Virginia Wolf wins Digital Book Award at Annual Conference

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At a gala dinner at the Digital Book World conference in New York on January 15, 2015, Virginia Wolf, published by Kids Can Press, was awarded the Digital Book Award for Ebook — Fixed Format/Enhanced (Children).

The ebook edition of the Governor General’s Literary Award–winning picture book was produced by the Digital Publishing team at Kids Can Press and ebook developer Laura Brady of Brady Type, an ebook conversion house and book production company, based in Toronto, Canada.