Growing imaginations with TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

Lorna Schultz Nicholson never leaves home without her notebook.

"New story ideas come to me during the most unusual times," the children's book author said. "Whether I am traveling from school-to-school or out on a run, I always feel better when I have a pen and paper close to jot own my thoughts."

“My advice is always if you want to be a writer, be a reader. Reading teaches language and different types of sentence structure,” says Lorna Schultz Nicholson, Author. “I believe that I became a writer because my mother inspired me to be a reader.”

Schultz Nicholson is one of 28 authors hitting the road as part of the annual TD Canadian Children's Book Week. From May 5 to 12, several authors, illustrators and storytellers will give 400 readings in more than 175 communities across Canada. Schultz Nicholson, who grew up in St. Catharines, will be visiting communities across Ontario to share the magic of reading with young audiences.

"More access to books means valuable time spent on growing imaginations," says Valerie Picher, Associate Vice President, Community Relations at TD Bank Group. "If we can instill the importance of literacy at a young age it's more likely that these young learners will embrace other forms of literacy that will build their confidence and benefit their lives as adults, such as money skills and financial know-how." 

"I am most excited to meet readers! One of the things that I love best about writing for young adults is that they’re really passionate about what they’re reading," says Eileen Cook, Author. "They have strong feelings about the world around them, their experiences, and the kinds of realities that they see in books.”

For more than 15 years, TD has worked with the Canadian Children’s Book Centre to bring TD Canadian Children’s Book Week to libraries across Canada. 

"I love travelling to schools to inspire children and share my love of reading and writing," says Schultz Nicholson, adding that she always knew she loved stories but that it was after discovering new books at her local library that her passion really grew.

“Book Week means I’ll be meeting lots and lots (and lots) of young people in schools, libraries, and community centres. That’s what I’m most excited about,” says Sylvia Gunnery, Author. “These opportunities to meet young readers and writers are so inspiring--and a great creative boost as I work on my next novel.”

“I thought it was amazing that the writer had made something up. I knew it was fiction, and yet it felt so real that I had a real emotional reaction. That’s when I knew that this is what I wanted to do."

To learn more about TD Canadian Children’s Book Week please visits www.td.com/thereadycommitment and follow #TDBookWeek on social. Readers of all ages can also visit bookweek.ca to learn more about the books being featured and the authors, illustrators and storytellers taking part in the tour.

Canadian author and illustrator Gabrielle Grimard created the 2018 TD Canadian Children’s Book Week illustration based on the theme – Bring Books to Life.