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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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August 26: National Dog Day

Today is National Dog Day. Founded in 2004 by Colleen Page, this day celebrates man's best friend and brings awareness about dog adoption and the importance of providing rescue dogs with a safe and loving environment. Below is a list of Canadian children's books that celebrate our little furry, four-legged friends.


Paul Kropp (1948-2015)

Paul Kropp (headshot)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Paul Kropp on August 22, 2015. Born in Buffalo, New York in 1948, Paul studied at Columbia University before receiving his M.A. from the University of Western Ontario. Paul was an author, publisher (High Interest Publishing), teacher, and generous mentor to many Canadian writers. He also served as president of CANSCAIP and was active in the organization for many years.

Paul authored more than 60 books for young people including nine books for young adults, numerous books for reluctant readers and five illustrated books for beginning readers. In addition to his children's books, he also wrote books for adults, as well as professional development resources for teachers.


Finalists announced for the 2014 Lane Anderson Award

Lane Anderson Award

The administrators of the Lane Anderson Award announced the finalists of their book prize for the best Canadian science books written in 2014.

The esteemed award’s jury panels evaluated submissions in two categories – adult and young readers. They arrived at their shortlist after evaluating the relevance of each book’s content to the importance of science in today’s world, as well as the author’s ability to connect the topic to the interests of the general trade reader. Winners, who will each receive a $10,000 prize, will be announced at a dinner in Toronto in late September.


2015-2016 shortlist for the BC Chocolate Lily Young Readers’ Choice Award


The 2015-2016 shortlist for the BC Chocolate Lily Young Readers’ Choice Award has been announced. The award encourages grade school students to read some of the best fiction by British Columbia’s children’s authors and illustrators. There are three categories: Best Picture Book, as voted by students in kindergarten through grade 3, Best Chapter Book, as voted by students in grades 2 through 5, and Best Novel as voted by students in grades 4 through 8.


Out Now: Canadian Children's Book News, Summer 2015 Issue


Graphic Novel Fun in the Summer 2015 issue of Canadian Children's Book News

Versatile, layered reading for all — graphic novels have evolved into a staple of young people's literature. Dr. Beverley Brenna and her team explore the changing perception of this genre. Author Liam O'Donnell and illustrator Mike Deas explain the fascinating process of creating their graphic novel series and their new hybrid novel/graphic novel. And our "Bookmark!" list looks at the latest books in this genre.