Children's Books

TD Kids Book Clubs bring award-nominated kids books to communities across Canada

Young readers in communities across Canada engage with the books nominated for the 2018 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award — and with their creators.
Young readers across Canada celebrate the 2018 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award finalists with local TD Kids Book Clubs. (Ashly July/Carsten Knox/Chris Martin)

Throughout fall 2018, kids across Canada are celebrating the finalists for the 2018 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award with TD Kids Books Clubs in six participating cities, featuring nominated authors and illustrators as special guests.

Participating young readers receive copies of the five books shortlisted for the award, and have the opportunity to meet the books' creators in person and ask them their questions.

Read on for a description of some of the TD Kids Book Clubs happening in communities from coast to coast to coast. 

Halifax readers get to know coal mining culture through Town Is by the Sea

Students at Prospect Road Elementary School in Halifax, N.S. visit with Town Is by the Sea co-creators Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith. (Carsten Knox/CBC)

On Oct. 10, 2018, Grade 4 and 5 students at Prospect Road Elementary School in Halifax met with Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith, the creators of Town Is by the Sea, for a conversation about the history of coal mining in their province. They were joined by ​Mainstreet host Bob Murphy to talk about how families like theirs might have been affected by this dangerous work not so long ago. 

Winnipeg book club participants celebrate the magic of winter with When The Moon Comes

Young readers in Winnipeg had a chance to meet author Paul Harbridge and illustrator Matt James and talk about their picture book When The Moon Comes. (Colton Hutchinson)

On Oct. 10, 2018, author Paul Harbridge and illustrator Matt James gathered with more than a hundred six, seven and eight-year-olds at Winnipeg's Millennium Library to talk about their book When The Moon Comes. Participating children read the book together with their teachers beforehand and their exchange with Harbridge and James was moderated by CBC Manitoba's Weekend Morning Show host Nadia Kidwai

Young readers in B.C. learn about reconciliation with Speaking Our Truth

Monique Gray Smith speaks to a group of young readers about Speaking Our Truth, a nonfiction book about reconciliation and the legacy of Canada's residential school system. (Kim Cobb)

Author Monique Gray Smith's book Speaking Our Truth is a young person's guide to reconciliation and features reflections on the theme from young people themselves. On Oct. 12, 2018, a group of students at Selkirk Montessori in Victoria, B.C. — home to one of the young readers interviewed in Smith's book — welcomed the author for a conversation about Indigenous-settler relations in Canada, alongside North by Northwest host Sheryl MacKay. 

Calgary readers looks up — way up! — while reading Picture the Sky

Kindergartners at Calgary's Bowcroft Elementary School check out copies of Barbara Reid's Picture the Sky. (Chris Martin)

On Oct. 16, 2018, a group of kindergartners at Calgary's Bowcroft Elementary School met with celebrated Canadian plasticine artist Barbara Reid, for a conversation about her book, Picture the Sky. Reid was be joined by Daybreak Alberta host Russell Bowers, who moderated a discussion about her unique approach to creating children's books entirely illustrated with plasticine. 

Readers from two Montreal schools dive into Monique Gray Smith's Speaking Our Truth 

Students at St Willibrord Elementary School in Châteauguay, QC pose with their copies of Monique Gray Smith's Speaking Our Truth. (Amanda Klang/CBC)

Students from two Montreal-area schools — St. Willibrord School in Châteauguay​, Que. and Edgewater Elementary in Laval, Que. — had the opportunity to meet with Speaking Our Truth author Monique Gray Smith on Oct. 23, 2018 to talk about colonialism and the role of young people in reconciliation. 

Grade 5 readers in Toronto get fantastical with some help from Dragonfly Song

Dragonfly Song author Wendy Orr poses with young readers at Wedgewood Junior School in Etobicoke, Ont. (CBC Books)

On Oct. 26, 2018, a group of Grade 5 students at Wedgewood Junior School in Etobicoke, Ont. met with Dragonfly Song author Wendy Orr to talk about the middle-grade fantasy novel's themes of mythology, community, magic and more as part of their school's lunchtime book club. 

To find out more about all the books nominated for the $50K TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, click here