Celebrate Canadian Children’s Book Week

It’s Canadian Children’s Book Week. A week of bookish celebration. And it’s not limited to people within Canada; it would be lovely if other people also pick up a Canadian children’s book and read it. There are some fantastic Canadian children’s authors (and books). Here are a few of my favorites (though there are many more). If you haven’t read them, I suggest you pick yourself up a copy:

Picture Books
Imagine a Day by Sarah L. Thomson, illustrated by Rob Gonsalves
Oliver Has Something to Say! by Pamela Edwards, illustrated by Louis Pilon
Chester by Melanie Watt
Middle Grade Books
From Anna by Jean Little
Julie by Cora Taylor
Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler
YA/Teen Books
True Confessions of a Heartless Girl by Martha Brooks
Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me by Julie Johnston
The Watcher (The Watcher’s Quest) by Margaret Buffie

Tough City Writer has some beautiful, inspiring wishes for the week (or year) that she hopes you will do, including:

Wish #1: Go to your bookshelf (or your kids’) and dust off a Canadian classic you’ve been wanting to re-read. You know, Jacob Two-Two, Jelly Belly, even Anne of Green Gables would make me happy. (I know, I know, “classic” is subjective. Make your own criteria and go for it.)

Wish #2: Send book from Wish #1 to a child you love. Or even one you don’t love, or even one you don’t know. Tell them, “Hey, a Canadian wrote this book, ya know? And I think you might just like it.”

Wish #3: Find a Canadian author or illustrator you have never heard of and check out their bio and their books. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, The Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP), and, in BC, the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC (CWILL-BC), have wonderful links to Canadian authors and illustrators.

Want to read the rest of her wishes, and those from visitors? Check out the post on her blog.

The wish that I would add is would be that people post a blurb, review, or interview about a Canadian children’s author or illustrator or one of their books that they love. Help get the word out about good Canadian children’s fiction. And it doesn’t have to be this week. It can be any time throughout the year.

Thank you to BookLust for the link.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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