Canadian Children’s Book Week is integral to the development of the literary arts because it inspires a love of reading in children and teens. By connecting Canadian authors, illustrators and storytellers with over 25,000 children and teens each year through readings and workshops that are held in schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores across the country, the CCBC introduces children to both quality Canadian books and their talented creators. Meeting an author, illustrator or storyteller can encourage children to create their own stories and provide them with an avenue to explore their own creativity.
The readings that take place during Book Week can open a child’s eyes to a whole new world – the world of literature. These readings and interactions with authors, illustrators and storytellers can excite a child about literacy. Whether a child is interested in writing, drawing or telling stories aloud, Book Week inspires young imaginations, teaches children how wonderful a good book can be and encourages them to tell their own stories.