Read Across Canada: Celebrating 40 years of TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

Thirty of the country’s most celebrated children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers will visit libraries, schools, community centres and bookstores across Canada from May 6th to May 13th as part of the 40th annual TD Canadian Children’s Book Week.

In collaboration with the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, the event offers 400 readings for more than 25,000 children, teens and adults in over 175 communities across Canada.

Marking TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 40th anniversary and celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, this year's theme, Read Across Canada, encourages young readers to learn about Canada by reading books set in different provinces and locations across the country. The theme is brought to life with an illustration by Canadian author-illustrator Ian Wallace, who participated in the first Book Week in 1977. The image features three birds that represent each of Canada’s breathtaking coastlines – an eagle for Canada’s west coast, an owl for the arctic and a puffin for the east coast. 

The TD Canadian Children’s Book Week illustration was created by author-illustrator Ian Wallace.

"Creating a lifelong joy of reading through unique programs like the TD Canadian Children's Book Week inspires and empowers youth to succeed during school years and beyond," says Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group. "As a longstanding supporter of children's literacy, TD is proud to connect readers with great Canadian books, authors and illustrators."

Since 2000, TD has invested more than $33 million to support children's literacy and reading programs at local schools and public libraries across Canada.

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