Feeling bookish?

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2017 runs from Sat. May 6 to Sat. May 13, 2017 and is organized by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, in partnership with the Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada, and is funded in part by the Government of Manitoba.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not-for-profit organization “dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers.”

Because this is the 40th anniversary of Children’s Book Week and because Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, the theme this year is Read Across Canada / Lire aux quatre coins du Canada. CCBC encourages young readers to learn about Canada by reading books set in different provinces and locations across the country.

The CCBC asked veteran illustrator Ian Wallace to design this year’s Book Week poster image. Wallace was one of the original 12 authors and illustrators who toured Canada during the first Book Week tour in 1977.

Book Week poster image by Ian Wallace.

Book Market helps sick kids

Who better to help celebrate children and books than the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital Book Market?

Not only will the sale of many thousands of books help families and teachers foster a love of reading in children, it helps fund medical research for sick kids.

Volunteers have been sorting and pricing kids and adult books in preparation for the sale which is held at St. Vital Centre Apr. 27-29/2017; hours are Thu. & Fri. – 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m; Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The sci fi and fantasy books that volunteer Cathy prices each week throughout the year are popular with teen readers.

And now for something completely different

Besides books for kids, the Children’s Hospital Book Market has tomes that appeal to the kid in all of us. Fun, odd books to be exact. “Unusual book” aficionados will be especially pleased with titles that were donated for this sale.

Here is a sampling of collectible treasures that await those who appreciate the unique; the covers say it all:

Don’t like kids? They even have a book for that:

Don’t like books? They got one for that too:

Whether you are shopping for children in your life, getting books to donate to those who are financially challenged, or whether you are treating yourself to a well deserved good read, you can make a difference by buying and sharing the joy that comes from reading. Have a great week!

Heather Emberley / Gracie Sweetstory


Heather Emberley is a repurposed school counsellor specializing in the psycho-social infrastructure of experience, an EAL teacher, freelance writer and sidekick of Gracie Sweetstory. They are stewards of a Little Free Library and their favourite word is postantineoconceptualizationalisticism.

One response to “Feeling bookish?”

  1. Doug Kretchmer

    Great article Heather. Gotta love books. So much nicer to read an actual book than to read online stuff (as I read this online stuff). Love the ‘oddball’ titles you listed.

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