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April 9: Vimy Ridge Day

At Vimy Ridge (cover image)

In 2003, the Government of Canada declared April 9 Vimy Ridge Day to honour and remember the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which took place from April 9-12, 1917.

If you love children’s books, you’ve come to the right place!

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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Kit Pearson is the recipient of the 11th annual Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence

Kit Pearson (head shot)

Kit Pearson was born in Edmonton, AB, in 1947 and grew up there and in Vancouver. She received her B.A. from the University of Alberta, her M.L.S. from the University of British Columbia, and her M.A. from the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature in Boston. She worked for ten years as a children's librarian in Ontario and BC, and is now a full-time writer living in Victoria. Her books have been published in Canada in English and French, in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, China, and Korea. She has won many awards for her writing, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work in 1998.

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What the Moon Saw: Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the World

Toronto Public Library

This exhibit at the Osborne Collection, TPL’s world-renowned children's book collection, features a remarkable number of Canadian authored and illustrated work, reminding us of the impressive amount of folk and fairy tales published by Canadian authors over the years. (One case is devoted to Kids Can Press's multilingual folktale books from the early years of the company.) The show includes original art from noted children’s book illustrators, including by Brian Deines, Jirina Marton, Robin Muller, Vladyana Krykorka, Janie Jaehyun Park, Brenda Clark, Ian Wallace, C.J. Taylor and Mireille Levert.

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Winners announced for the 2014 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design

Alcuin Society Book Design Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver (April 17, 2014) - The Alcuin Society has announced the winners of its 32nd annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The winning books will be exhibited in Germany at the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fairs; in Japan, at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, in conjunction with the Tokyo International Book Fair; and, in Canada, in nine provinces. Exhibition venues will be posted at next week. The books will also be entered in the international book design competition in Leipzig, Germany in February 2015. Awards will be given out this fall in both Toronto and Vancouver; announcements will be made next week about locations and speakers.

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CLA announces the winners of the 2014 CLA Book Awards


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OTTAWA (April 17, 2014) - The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques is pleased to announce the 2014 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and the CLA Young Adult Book Award. The award will be presented at this year’s Book Awards reception, on May 29, 2014, in Victoria, British Columbia, during the CLA 2014 National Conference & Trade Show.

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Lane Anderson Award for the Canadian Science Book Prize: Submissions

Lane Anderson Award

Submissions for the 2013 Lane Anderson Award in the “Young Reader” category are now being accepted.

The Lane Anderson Award honours the very best science writing in Canada today, both in the adult and young reading categories. The winner in each category receives a $10,000 prize. The finalists will be announced August 15th, and the winner on September 18th.