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Canadian titles make USBBY's 2016 list of Outstanding International Books!

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USBBY, the US national section for the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), has selected its annual list of Outstanding International Books for children and young adults. The books on the list were chosen by a committee of USBBY members. A number of Canadian titles, either written and/or illustrated by Canadians, or published by a Canadian publishing house, made the 2016 list.

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August 26: National Dog Day

Today is National Dog Day. Founded in 2004 by Colleen Page, this day celebrates man's best friend and brings awareness about dog adoption and the importance of providing rescue dogs with a safe and loving environment. Below is a list of Canadian children's books that celebrate our little furry, four-legged friends.

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July 9, 2015: Nunavut Day

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Nunavut Day is celebrated annually on July 9 to commemorate the passing of two Nunavut acts — the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act and the Nunavut Act — by the Canadian Parliament on July 9, 1993. Nunavut officially split from the Northwest Territories on April 1, 1999, becoming Canada's third territory.

The CCBC would like to honour this day by sharing a profile of Iqaluit-based publisher, Inhabit Media. This profile is a segment of an article from the Spring 2015 issue of Canadian Children's Book News which highlighted a number of Canadian Aboriginal publishing houses.

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April 9: Vimy Ridge Day

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In 2003, the Government of Canada declared April 9 Vimy Ridge Day to honour and remember the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which took place from April 9-12, 1917. Commemorate this day in your classroom or library with At Vimy Ridge: Canada’s Greatest World War I Victory. Canadian children's author Hugh Brewster honours the men who fought at Vimy Ridge — a pivotal World War I battle that many historians view as the battle that defined Canada as a nation — and those who gave their lives. This title is also available in French as La bataille de Vimy: l'exploit des Canadiens, avril 1917.

To learn more about the battle fo Vimy Ridge and subsequent battles, young readers can read Brewster's latest book, From Vimy to Victory: Canada’s Fight to the Finish in World War I. After their hard-won victory at Vimy Ridge, Canada’s soldiers proved themselves again and again on bloody battlefields. This title is also available in French as De Vimy à victoire: Le combat du Canada durant la Première Guerre mondiale.

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Anniversary of the Salk Vaccine

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It was 62 years ago today - March 26, 1953 - that Dr. Jonas Salk, an American medical researcher and virologist, announced on national radio that he had successfully tested a vaccine that could prevent polio, a crippling disease that attacks the central nervous system, and can result in paralysis. The vaccine became known as the Salk vaccine. A number of Canadian children's books featuring characters with polio have been published over the years. Commemorate this anniversary in your classroom or library with Canadian children's books.

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Happy 181st Birthday, Toronto!

March 6, 2015 marks the 181st birthday of Toronto, Canada's largest city. Celebrate in your classroom or library with one of these Canadian kids' books.

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Pink Shirt Day 2015

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February 25, 2015 is Pink Shirt Day. Based on the initiative of two Nova Scotia students, Pink Shirt Day encourages all of us to stand up to bullies. By collectively refusing to tolerate bullying and developing the skills to prevent it, children and adults can help to make the world a better place for themselves and others. To learn more about Pink Shirt Day visit pinkshirtday.ca.

Celebrate Pink Shirt Day in your classroom of library with Canadian kids' books.

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Valentine's Day 2015

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February 14 is Valentine's Day. Celebrate this day with the ones you love with a Canadian kids' book. We suggest A Wizard in Love by Mireille Levert and Marie Lafrance (Tundra Books, 2009).

Hector, a retired wizard, lives with his cat, Poison, in a dilapidated house at the edge of the forest. Their days are peaceful and quiet until a dreadful noise pours
out of an old abandoned house nearby. It seems they have a new neighbour, and things will never be the same again. This title is also available in French as Sorcier amoureux.

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Kung Hei Fat Choy! Chinese New Year 2015

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February 19, 2015 marks the beginning on the Chinese New Year celebrations. This year is the year of the Goat or Sheep. Celebrate the Chinese New Year in your classroom or library with Paul Yee's Chinese Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook, illustrated by Shaoli Wang with recipes by Judy Chan (Tradewind Books, 2014).

In this enchanting collection of fairy tales including original stories and interpretations of Chinese folklore by master storyteller Paul Yee, a glorious procession of characters — peasants, ghosts, merchants, demons, villagers and kings — make their appearance. Each tale is followed by a simple recipe for a traditional Chinese dish to delight both readers and cooks!

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February 15, 2015: 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Flag

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February 15, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag. Celebrate this anniversary in your classroom or library with Ann-Maureen Owens and Jane Yelland's Our Flag: The Story of Canada's Maple Leaf, illustrated by Bill Slavin and Esperança Melo (Kids Can Press, 2014). Discover the story of how Canada got its flag and why the search for the right design was not an easy task — some people thought the flag should feature a beaver or hockey sticks! Two craft activities are included, perfect for classroom use.