Monday, November 16, 2009

Canadian Children's Book Week

Nov. 14 – 21 is Canadian Children’s Book Week. We celebrate the abundance of Canadian literature for children. Morden Winkler and Altona will be hosting Lori Weber, a young adult author, on Tues. Nov. 17, so check the website, or with your local branch about the time.

The theme of this year’s Canadian Children’s Book Week is “Gold Medal Reading”, and the focus is on children’s books with a sports theme. I pulled one of my all time favourites off the shelf, "The Hockey Sweater" by Roch Carrier. The classic story of a young boy in Quebec who is forced the wear a Toronto Maple Leaf sweater is beautifully written and illustrated. It’s a great story and introduces young readers to a little bit of our cultural history.

Something new on the sports theme is "Clancy with the puck" by Chris Mizzoni. This is a Canadian retelling of the classic Casey at the Bat. As a bonus, it includes a DVD with an animated short, narrated by Bob Cole.

During Canadian Children’s Book Week I hope everyone indulges in an old favourite, and discovers a new one as well.

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