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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.

Recent News


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.


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

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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.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Best Books for Kids & Teens, Spring 2015

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for books/resources published between July 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2015 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens (BBKT), the CCBC’s semi-annual selection guide to the best Canadian children’s books, magazines, audio and video, which will be released in May 2015.


PMA Books founder Carol Martin named to the Order of Canada

Congratulations to Carol Martin who was recently named to the Order of Canada. The citation reads: “For her contributions to the development of the Canadian independent publishing industry, notably as a founding member of the Association of Canadian Publishers.”


H.T. Coutts Library launches newly renovated space for CCBC regional collection

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The H.T. Coutts Library at the University of Alberta was pleased to host a gathering on June 19, 2014 to officially launch the newly renovated space in our Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) Collection on the main floor.

The CCBC Collection is one of 5 regional collections of Canadian children’s and young adult materials; read more about it here.