children’s books


Canadian Children’s Book Week has gone digital! Bibliovideo, a new digital project of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, will be the home for the virtual edition of Canadian Children’s Book Week. This YouTube channel is all about Canadian books for young people. It features readings, interviews, illustrator demonstrations and more. Through the week of May… Read more

Four Videos on Illustrating Children’s Books

Before they read words, children are reading pictures. – David Wiesner The pictures in children’s books add so much to the experience, excitement and enjoyment of reading. Here are four videos showing some of the different approaches to creating the images. Friday Fun Bonus: For fans of the Elephant and Piggy books, read Mo Willems… Read more

I’m Your Neighbor

I’m Your Neighbor is a project promoting the use of children’s books on immigration and their potential to support a conversation about who belongs, welcoming, common experiences, and celebration of difference.  As their website notes: Studies have shown that reading builds empathy and that cross-racial scenes in picture books build acceptance. The project website includes… Read more

Mother’s Day Books for Kids

Reading aloud is a wonderful Mother’s Day activity for mothers with young children. And some books are particularly appropriate for the day. For recommendations for read aloud books for Sunday, May 13th, browse the following lists: 12 Favorite Children’s Books for Mother’s Day 27 of Our Favorite Mother’s Day Books for Kids 35 Mother’s Day… Read more

Multicultural Books for Children

Did you know that January 27th is not just Family Literacy Day? It’s also Multicultural Children’s Book Day.  It’s a time to raise awareness of children’s books that celebrate diversity. Need help finding multicultural books for children? Click here for collection of diversity books lists and activities for teachers and parents. What about the popular… Read more

The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf

In this TED Talk, children’s author Grace Lin makes the case for diversity in children’s books, stories that are mirrors of a child’s experience and stories that are windows to the world.  She believes, “Books erase bias, they make the uncommon every day, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal.” A TED… Read more

Can a Children’s Book Change the World?

“In order to find yourself in a book, you first must lose yourself in a book.” – Linda Sue Park Can books help make readers better human beings? Children’s author Linda Sue Park talks about how books provide practice at responding to unfairness, and how empathy for a book’s characters can lead to engagement in… Read more

Family Literacy Day Reading List

Tomorrow is Family Literacy Day. Are you looking for a new book to read to celebrate the occasion? The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has created a Family Literacy Day 2017 Reading List. It makes a number of suggestions from picture books to young adult fiction.