Home of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.
CBC Radio Toronto partnered with an afterschool program run by the Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee to read No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis. Thorncliffe Park is one of Toronto's densest residential neighbourhoods, where a quarter of the population is under the age of 14. There are few services available for kids ages 6 to 12, so the little readers were thrilled to participate in the TD Kids Book Club.
After reading the book, the dynamic group of 20 kids attending Thorncliffe Park Public School and Valley Park Middle School met Deborah Ellis at the Thorncliffe Branch of the Toronto Public Library. CBC's Garvia Bailey interviewed the author and afterwards, the kids had the chance to ask their own questions and get their book signed!
Highlights of the TD Kids Book Club event aired on Metro Morning.
Metro Morning host Matt Galloway also interviewed Sabina Ali of the Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee. She helped co-ordinate the book club and explained why it was a big deal for the kids in her community.
You can listen to the entire conversation from the Book Club event, including Deborah reading an excerpt of her book.
On November 21, as she was taking the train to the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award gala, Debroah spoke to Here and Now about the experience as a nominated author: