Children get more than just Stories out of Books
Celebrate TD Canadian Children’s Book Week by introducing children
to their favourite authors, illustrators and storytellers
Toronto, ON – April 30, 2013 – It’s more than just entertainment for children when they get lost in the pages of a book. Reading can bring out creativity, imagination and even courage among children who are inspired by their favourite author’s words or illustrations. This year, TD Canadian Children’s Book Week celebrates the theme All the Bookshelf’s a Stage: Celebrating the Performing Arts from May 4 – May 11, 2013 to highlight the joy of reading.
TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is a program of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and throughout the week, 35 authors, illustrators and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres across the country. Book Week tour participants will also be speaking about the pleasures of reading, writing and illustrating books for children and teens, reading excerpts from their books, as well as meeting the families and children who have supported their work. For a list of Book Week events open to the public, visit http://events.bookcentre.ca/book-week.
“Finding books that I loved brought me out of my shell when I was a child and that’s exactly why I became an author – I wanted to create stories that I knew children would enjoy,” says Alma Fullerton, author of Community Soup. “TD Canadian Children’s Book Week celebrates the self-esteem and values that children can get from reading which will shape them into happy adults.”
For more than 35 years, TD Canadian Children’s Book Week has been highlighting the importance of reading and has been introducing Canadian children and youth to their favourite authors, poets, storytellers and illustrators. This year, over 25,000 children are expected to participate in events all across the country.
“Every year we see thousands of smiles fill community centres, schools and libraries when a child’s favourite author reads from their most beloved book,” says Frank McKenna, TD’s Deputy Chair and Literacy Champion. “We’re extremely proud to support TD’s Canadian Children’s Book Week where Canadian authors visit communities across the country and inspire children to get involved and spread the joy of reading.”
Dedicated to raising awareness of the many Canadian books available to young readers, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre helps educators and parents select the best for their young readers. In addition, they have selected this year’s list of authors, illustrators and storytellers that will be on tour this spring.
“Canada has so many influential authors, illustrators, and storytellers to showcase and TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is the perfect opportunity to connect more young people with books”, says Charlotte Teeple, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. “With communities all across Canada participating, it’s a great way to encourage children to explore the treasures to be found when
they spend time with a good book.”
TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is the largest celebration of Canadian books for young people in Canada. For more information and to see a full tour schedule, please visit www.bookweek.ca.
TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2013
May 4 – 11, 2013 | Tour Roster
Selina Eisenberg, storyteller
Alma Fullerton, author
Adrienne Kress, author
Richard Scrimger, author
Marthe Jocelyn, author & illustrator
Wallace Edwards, author & illustrator
Sylvia Gunnery, author
Eric Walters, author
Hélène Boudreau, author
Jennifer Lanthier, author
Lorna Schultz Nicholson, author
Sylvia McNicoll, author
Sarah Tsiang, author
Rachelle Delaney, author
Maureen Fergus, author
Gary Kent, author & Kim LaFave, illustrator
Anne Renaud, author
Caroll Simpson, author & illustrator
Maureen Ulrich, author
Cassy Welburn, storyteller
Prince Edward Island
Ron Lightburn, author & illustrator
Quebec (English-language tour)
Dan Bar-el, author & storyteller
JonArno Lawson, author & poet
Catherine Rondina, author
Max Tell, storyteller
John Wilson, author
Quebec (French – language tour)
Philippe Beha, author-illustrator
Mario Brassard, author
Denis Côté, author
Louis Émond, author
Jacques Pasquet, author
Lizann Flatt, author
Lois Peterson, author
Geneviève Côté, author & illustrator
About The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit www.bookcentre.ca.
TD Community Giving
TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2012, TD donated over $65 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For further information, please visit www.td.com/corporate-responsibility.
For more information:
Canadian Children’s Book Centre
416-975-0010 ext. 221