Books

Penguin Random House Canada offering week of free virtual literary programming for kids called Camp Penguin

From July 13-17, 2020, authors or illustrators will lead online drawing workshops, book club discussions and writing exercises. 
Zetta Elliott is one of the authors participating in Camp Penguin. (Bianca Cordova, Random House Books for Young Readers)

In response to the loss of day camps this summer, Toronto-based book publisher Penguin Random House Canada (PRHC) has revamped its annual summer children's literature project.

This year's edition will feature a week of free virtual programming similar to the activities kids would take part in at summer camp, according to PRHC.

From July 13-17, author and illustrators will lead online drawing workshops, book club discussions and writing exercises. 

The lineup includes bestseller novelist Kelley Armstrong, author of A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying, artist Hatem Aly, illustrator of The Unicorn Rescue Society, and writer and educator Zetta Elliott, author of Dragons in a Bag.

More than 30 indie bookstores are participating in Camp Penguin this year.

The list includes Woozles in Halifax, Babar Books in Pointe-Claire, Que., Vancouver-based Kidsbooks, Once Upon a Bookstore in Kelowna, B.C., Another Story in Toronto, The Book Keeper in Sarnia, Ont., and The Yellowknife Book Cellar.

People who purchase at least two of the Camp Penguin titles will receive a tote bag, a summer reading activity passport and access to the virtual programming. 

The full schedule of online activities is below. You can register for the events on the Camp Penguin website.

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