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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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OFFICE CLOSURE: December 22, 2014 to January 5, 2015

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The Canadian Children's Book Centre will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 22, 2014 to Monday, January 5, 2015.


Governor General’s Literary Awards: Revisions to Children’s Literature categories

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The Canada Council for the Arts is revising the Governor General’s Literary Awards Children’s Literature categories. The category titles and definitions have been revised as follows:

  • The new Children’s Literature – Illustrated Books category will recognize the best illustrated book for children or young adults, including picture books, graphic novels and works of fiction, literary non-fiction and poetry in which original illustrations occupy at least 30% of the book’s space. The author and the illustrator of the winning book will share the monetary prize of $25,000.
  • The new Children’s Literature – Illustrated Books category will recognize the best illustrated book of the year, honouring the text and the illustrations as forming one creative work. These changes were informed by consultations with the literary community.
  • The Children’s Literature – Text category will recognize the best book for children or young adults with few (less than 30%) or no illustrations. The monetary prize of $25,000 will be awarded to the author.
  • Books intended for children or young adults may be submitted to only one of the two categories.
  • The above changes will be adopted for the 2015 edition of the GG Literary Awards. Publishers are invited to consult the revised guidelines and new deadlines.
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Books on Human Rights

December 10 is Human Rights Day, as established by the UN General Assembly in 1950. According to a national survey by the Canadian Teachers' Federation and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, teachers across the country are looking for more human rights tools and resources — especially when teaching younger children.


TD Book Week 2015: Host application deadline extended to January 23, 2015

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Applying to host an author, illustrator or storyteller during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is as easy as one, two, three, four! 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. The application deadline has been extended to January 23, 2015.

Apply today!


Aboriginal Writing Contest


Second Story Press is holding a new contest for contemporary writing for young readers that reflects the modern experience of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people.