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:
|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|
|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.