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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.

Finalist for the 2014
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

My Name Is Blessing (cover image)
My Name Is Blessing

written by Eric Walters
illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes

Tundra Books | 978-1-77049-301-8 (hc) $19.99 | for Grades 1 to 4

“This picture book explores the universal feelings of fear of rejection and joy of acceptance… Based upon a true story, My Name Is Blessing details the plight of a young boy in Kenya living with a physical disability and challenging living circumstances… Eugenie Fernandes’ colourful renditions of the young boy’s family and changing circumstances compliment Eric Walters’ direct narrative with an understated grace.”

Reviewed by Ellen Donogh

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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.

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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)
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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.

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Tour Roster Announced for TD Book Week 2015

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The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is excited to announce the authors, illustrators and storytellers who will be touring for TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2015 (May 2 - 9, 2015).

TD Canadian Children's Book Week is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children's books and the importance of reading. Over 28,000 children, teens and adults participate in activities held in every province and territory across the country. Hundreds of schools, public libraries, bookstores and community centres host events as part of this major literary festival.

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Children's books every teacher should read — and more — in the summer 2014 issue of Canadian Children's Book News!

Summer 2014 CCBN

In our new issue, explore "In Their Heads" a thought-provoking look at books every teacher should read to understand their students facing challenges. Meet Jeremy Tankard, authorstrator (a term bestowed on him by a young fan). Read why teen fiction makes excellent bibliotherapy. Enjoy our compilation of great series for summer reading and more.

Canadian Children's Book News can be purchased at select bookstores or in our online shop.