Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. Meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers can be a turning point in a child’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of reading.

The readings and workshops that take place during Book Week can open a child’s eyes to 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.

  • Thirty authors, illustrators and storytellers tour in every province and territory.
  • 28,000 Canadians participate in over 400 readings and workshops throughout the week.
  • Many remote communities that would not otherwise have access to these creative workshops and presentations have the opportunity to have a visit by a leading Canadian author or illustrator.
  • Creators tour outside of their home province or territory, allowing them to connect with new audiences and expand their fan base.
  • Book Week is financially beneficial to Canadian creators who are paid for each reading or presentation that they give, as well as having their meals, accommodations and travel expenses fully covered, and their latest books promoted.
  • The tour provides an opportunity for creators and their publishers to sell their books at participating schools and libraries, when applicable.
  • The CCBC creates posters, bookmarks and theme guides to helps schools and libraries prepare for and celebrate Canadian Children’s Book Week.
Canadian Children’s Book Week is organized by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers.

 Photos from Past Book Week Tours