There's now a YouTube channel dedicated to Canadian children's books, called Bibliovideo
The channel was launched early due to COVID-19. New videos will be added twice a week
The Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to Canadian children's books called Bibliovideo.
The online resource for parents and educators launched early in response to the COVID–19 crisis and to meet a growing need for Canadian content that can be viewed and shared at home, according to a press release.
Bibliovideo features videos and links to resources in French and English about Canadian books for children and youth. The platform is tailored to readers, librarians, teachers, parents, authors, illustrators, researchers and others, in search of and wanting to learn more about Canadian books for young people.
The channel was originally scheduled to launch in May 2020.
"The team at the CCBC has worked hard to launch Bibliovideo early to support Canadian children's creators and publishers while providing much needed online access to Canadian stories and resources to families and educators," says Rose Vespa, executive director of the CCBC.
The featured content includes author interviews, read-alongs, how-to demos from illustrators, publishers' trailers and book reviews.
New videos will be added to the channel twice a week.
CCBC has plans to add Indigenous languages to its programming later this year, said the release.
Janis Nostbakken, the channel's project director, and her team are currently calling for new submissions to the channel.
Bibliovideo will also serve as the home for a virtual edition of Canadian Children's Book Week, the biggest national event celebrating Canadian children's literature.
Its in-person events were cancelled due to COVID-19.
Through the week of May 4-9, special videos from Book Week authors and illustrators will be published on the Bibliovideo channel daily.
Participating authors include Robin Stevenson, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Eugenie Fernandes, Shane Peacock, Paul Covello and Monique Polak.