Imaginations travel the world at 2011 TD Canadian Children's Book Week

- Annual literature event continues to inspire the joy of reading -

TORONTO, April 25 /CNW/ - From book stores to libraries to schools, over 50,000 children, teens and adults will participate in readings and workshops organized by The Canadian Children's Book Centre during this year's TD Canadian Children's Book Week. Thirty-five illustrators and storytellers will tour every province and territory across the country from Saturday, April 30, 2011 until Saturday, May 7, 2011.

The 2011 TD Canadian Children's Book Week theme is "Changing the World, One Child at a Time," and to help encourage young people to experience the joy of reading, this year's children's authors, illustrators and storytellers are bringing global stories to life. Author and illustrator Janet Wilson is just one of the many authors touring whose books aim to empower and motivate young readers to make a difference in the world. Wilson claims that she was inspired by her kids and the philosophy of Ghandi, "To reach peace we must begin with the children." Find the full list of who's touring and their books online at: www.bookweek.ca.

"It's so inspiring to see young minds getting excited about reading during these events," said Frank McKenna, TD's Deputy Chair and Literacy Champion. "The Canadian Children's Book Centre does an excellent job raising awareness of the quality of Canadian books available for young readers."

The Canadian Children's Book Centre has named Canadian television host, Ben Mulroney, as the honorary patron for TD Canadian Children's Book Week 2011. As the Book Week Idol, Mulroney will offer his voice to select story telling events. "I'm honoured to have been selected to be the 2011 Book Week Idol," said Mulroney. "A joy and love of reading is so important for children and as a new father, I'm already trying to inspire this in my boys."

Who's on tour - 2011 TD Canadian Children's Book Week

Alberta:
Rachna Gilmore, author
Elizabeth MacLeod, author
British Columbia:
PJ Bracegirdle, author
Ted Staunton, author
LM Falcone, author
Labrador:
Renee Englot, storyteller
Manitoba:
Jennifer Cayley, storyteller
Mahtab Narsimhan, author
New Brunswick:
Linda DeMeulemeester, author
Newfoundland:
Andrea Beck, author & illustrator
Northwest Territories:
Janet Wilson, author & illustrator
Nova Scotia:
Lesley Livingston, author
Nunavut:
Ann Love & Jane Drake, authors
Ontario:
M. Jennie Frost, storyteller
Jacqueline Guest, author
Julie Lawson, author
Jill MacLean, author
Michelle Mulder, author
Robin Stevenson, author
Colleen Sydor, author
Prince Edward Island:
Maggie de Vries, author
Quebec
(English-language tour):
Rona Arato, author
Penny Draper, author
Sharon McKay, author
Kevin Sylvester, author & illustrator
Robert Paul Weston, author

(French-language tour)
François Barcelo, author
Geneviève Côté, author & illustrator
Martine Doyon, author & photographer
Guy Marchamps, author
Mélanie Tellier, author
Saskatchewan:
Georgia Graham, author & illustrator
Celia Lottridge, author
Yukon:
Martha Newbigging, illustrator
 

In its 34th year, TD Canadian Children's Book Week helps celebrate children's books and the importance of reading. For more information about the program, to see the full tour schedule or to find out how to host readings next year, please visit www.bookweek.ca.

TD Community Giving
TD invests in communities to make a positive impact where it does business and where our customers, clients and employees live and work. In 2010, TD donated over $50 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, we focus on Education and Financial Literacy, Creating Opportunities for Young People, and the Environment. For more information, visit www.td.com/corporateresponsibility.

About The Canadian Children's Book Centre
The Canadian Children's Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit organization and registered charity founded in 1976 to promote, support and encourage the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for children and teens. With book collections and extensive resources in five cities across Canada, the CCBC is a treasure-trove for anyone interested in Canadian books for young readers. For more information, please visit www.bookcentre.ca.

 

For further information:

Megan Hooper
TD Bank Group
416-982-4725
Megan.Hooper@td.com

Natasha Newell-Vieira
MSL Canada
416-847-1335
Natasha.Newell-Vieira@mslgroup.com