As we here at Indigo celebrate the Indigo’s Love of Reading Foundation’s grant announcements yesterday (details to come), and mourned the loss of the great Maurice Sendak on Tuesday, we are reminded that it is also TD Canadian Children’s Book Week in Canada and Children’s Book Week in the United States. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) salutes this by sending a number of Canadian illustrators and authors to schools across the country, sometimes to remote regions which cannot always get an author to come and talk with them.
The theme for 2012, “Read a Book, Share a Story,” promotes reading as a classic pleasure-filled pastime and encourages sharing a good book or story with friends and family. Overall thirty-four authors, illustrators and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres.
Founded in 1976, the CCBC is a national not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, and illustrating of Canadian books for children and young adults. With this mandate the CCBC partners with some Canadian publishers and the TD bank to organize this week of activities as well as give out awards at an annual gala held in the fall. Two weeks ago, TD and the CCBC kicked off the week with a lovely high tea at the Windsor Arms in Toronto and the Indigo Kids Blog was one of three bloggers in attendance. Vikki VanSickle, Willow Dawson and Brian Deines ate scones, drank delicious tea and talked kids’ books and writing with other industry professionals.
Having just sat on the jury for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, written a number of book reviews for the CCBC’s quarterly magazine, Canadian Children’s Book News, and attended a number of their events, I can tell you that the people who work and volunteer for this organization are as passionate about Canadian children’s books as we are.
Also, check out our Canadian Books for Canadian Kids shop to see who we think are the best in Canadian children’s lit.
Don Aker, author
Rina Singh, author
Jan Andrews, storyteller & author
Brian Deines, author
Bernice Gei-Yung Hune, storyteller
Alison Lohans, author
Vivien Bowers, author
Gina McMurchy-Barber, author
Aubrey Davis, author & storyteller
Joan Marie Galat, author & storyteller
Andrea Spalding, author
Karen Patkau, author & illustrator
Allan Stratton, author
Alison Acheson, author
Caroline Adderson, author
Eileen Cook, author
Yayo (Diego Herrera), illustrator
Jessica Scott Kerrin, author
Chris McMahen, author
Robert Rayner, author
Prince Edward Island:
Willow Dawson, author & illustrator
Marty Chan, author
Shoshana Litman, storyteller
Kathleen McDonnell, author
Caroline Pignat, author
Richard Rudnicki, illustrator & author
Caroline Merola, author & illustrator
Luc Melanson, illustrator
Bruno St-Aubin, illustrator
Édith Bourget, author, poet & illustrator
Linda Amyot, author
Judy Ann Sadler, author
Vikki VanSickle, author
Alan Cumyn, author