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26th April 2012

Capture The Magic Of Reading During TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

TD Financial GroupTo celebrate the joy of reading and the importance of sharing stories, TD Canadian Children’s Book Week will kick off May 5 with 116 free public readings held in public libraries, community centres, bookstores and local schools across Canada.  More than 35,000 children are expected to participate during the annual event which is organized by The Canadian Children’s Book Centre and runs from May 5 to May 12, 2012.

The 2012 TD Canadian Children’s Book Week’s theme “Read a Book, Share a Story” promotes reading as a classic pleasure-filled pastime and encourages sharing a good book or story with friends and family.   The theme also bookweekcelebrates librarians and the important role they play in the lives of adults and children alike, sharing books and creating lifelong readers.  In fact, this year marks the 100th anniversary of Lillian H. Smith, a Canadian, becoming the first trained children’s librarian in the British Empire.

Children’s book author, Vikki VanSickle, one of the 29 authors who will be conducting the public readings across Canada, remembers vividly why she fell in love with reading books as a child.  “Every one of us remembers those moments when you’ve become so immersed in a story that you lose all sense of time,” said VanSickle.  “For a child, it’s a defining moment when the magic of words and storytelling inspire the imagination.”

Overall, thirty-four authors, illustrators and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres in every province and territory across the country and speaking to their audiences about the pleasures of reading, writing and illustrating books for children and teens.

“Instilling a joy of reading in young minds is why we support events like TD Canadian Children’s Book Week,” said Frank McKenna, TD’s Deputy Chair and Literacy Champion.  “Organizations like The Canadian Children’s Book Centre work tirelessly to promote a love of reading and have helped to introduce our children to the rich heritage of children`s authors and illustrators we have in Canada.”

“We are thrilled that, with TD’s support, these authors, illustrators and storytellers will help children across the country discover the joy of reading,” said Charlotte Teeple, Executive Director, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. “I encourage children of all ages, and their parents, to join in the fun at a TD Canadian Children’s Book Week event in their community.”

In its 35th year, TD Canadian Children’s Book Week helps celebrate children’s books and the importance of reading. For more information about the program, to see the full tour schedule, or to find out how to host readings in your community next year, please visit the bookweek web site.

Who’s on tour – 2012 TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

Don Aker, author
Rina Singh, author
British Columbia:
Jan Andrews, storyteller & author
Brian Deines, author Bernice Gei-Yung Hune,
Alison Lohans, author
Vivien Bowers, author
Gina McMurchy-Barber, author
New Brunswick:
Aubrey Davis, author & storyteller
Joan Marie Galat, author & storyteller
Northwest Territories:
Andrea Spalding, author
Nova Scotia:
Karen Patkau, author & illustrator
Allan Stratton, author
Alison Acheson, author
Caroline Adderson, author
Eileen Cook, author
Yayo (Diego Herrera), illustrator
Jessica Scott Kerrin, author
Chris McMahen, author
Robert Rayner, author
Prince Edward Island:
Willow Dawnson, author & illustrator
(English-language tour):
Marty Chan, author
Shoshana Litman, storyteller
Kathleen McDonnell, author
Caroline Pignat, author
Richard Rudnicki, illustrator & author(French-language tour)
Caroline Merola, author & illustrator
Luc Melanson, illustrator
Bruno St-Aubin, illustrator
Édith Bourget, author, poet & illustrator
Linda Amyot, author
Judy Ann Sadler, author
Vikki VanSickle, author
Alan Cumyn, author
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