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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


Little You wins 2015 R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature

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On May 23, 2015, the Writers' Guild of Alberta announced the winners of the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards. More than 125 people attended the gala event which was part of the Writers' Guild of Alberta's 2015 Edmonton Conference — Words in 3 Dimensions: Intersections.

This celebration marked the 33rd anniversary of the Alberta Literary Awards and brought writers from across Alberta. The Awards were created by the Writers' Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Albertan authors. This year, jurors deliberated over 150 submissions to select 24 finalists in eight categories. The winner of the R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature is Little You by Richard Van Camp with illustrations by Julie Flett (Orca Book Publishers).


Sharon Siamon (1942-2015)

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It is with deep sadness that we announce that after a lengthy illness Canadian author Sharon Siamon passed away on May 18, 2015. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Sharon drew from the experiences of her growing family for her first books, including The Little Girl Who Hated Dinner based on her daughter Kate, A Puli Named Sandor about a wayward family dog, and Bokelia, based on her encounter with a pig while visiting West Glover, Vermont. She went on to write many books for juvenile readers including the Wild Horse Creek series published by Whitecap Books.


Call for Proposals: {Re}conciliation Project

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The Canada Council for the Arts, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle) are inviting Aboriginal artists, collectives and arts organizations in Canada (including collaborations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists or organizations) to submit proposals for projects that investigate and share knowledge on how the arts can contribute to the ongoing process of conciliation and reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.


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

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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.