TD Canadian Children’s Book Week
Date posted: May 6, 2016
TD Canadian Children’s Book Week starts tomorrow and runs until May 14th. This year’s theme is 40 Years of Great Books!, marking the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
Books that children encounter when they are young may be among some of the most important influences that shape their ideas and attitudes for years to come.
• How many of us remember Kelly and her red mitts, red boots and red cup from Red is Best by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Robin Baird
• Or the memorable phrase “Jillian, Jillian, Jillian Jiggs, It looks like your room has been lived in by pigs!” spouted by Jillian’s exasperated mother in the first Jillian Jiggs book by Phoebe Gilman.
• And who didn’t wish they could get up to the same pranks as Bruno and Boots in Gordon Korman’s hilarious MacDonald Hall books.
• And who wouldn’t cheer for Princess Elizabeth in the book that turned the princess story on its head – Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess.
• And how many people remember the end of this rhyme from Dennis Lee’s Alligator Pie, “Alligator pie, alligator pie, If I don’t get some…”
• And let’s not forget the many lessons learned from the cute little green turtle, Franklin, and his beloved author Paulette Bourgeois.
• And of course a picture book isn’t a picture book without the work of incredible illustrators like Ian Wallace, Ted Harrison, Barbara Reid, Marie Louise Gay, Brenda Clark, Michael Martchenko and so many more.
Our childhoods are shaped by the books we read and the memories we retain, why not share a Canadian classic or a brand new Canadian book with a young child today and open up a world of possibility!
Looking for Canadian children’s books to share? You can find suggestions in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s theme guide, featuring the books of authors and illustrators who are participating in this year’s TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. For even more ideas, see One Hundred Best Canadian Books for Children.
Looking for more time to read books with children? Find tips in Five ways to find time to read aloud 15 minutes a day in a busy world.