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Canadian titles make the IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities List

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There are 14 Canadian titles of 60 on the IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities List, a biennial catalogue of the best titles catering to children and youth with disabilities. This curated selection is shown around the world, including at the Bologna Book Fair, and the books are housed at the Haug School and Resource Centre near Oslo.

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Freedom to Read Week 2012

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Freedom to Read Week (February 26 - March 3, 2012) is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.To celebrate, Kerry Clare of the 49th Shelf has compiled a list books that have been banned in Canada in recent years.

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Black History Month 2012

In celebration of Black History Month, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre has compiled a list of 20 Canadian books for kids and teens. Celebrate the month of February in your school or library with any of these fine books.

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Family Literacy Day (January 27, 2012)

In celebration of Family Literacy Day, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre has compiled a list of 50 Canadian books (25 picture books and 25 works of fiction) that share in the joys (and struggles) of families of all sizes and combinations. Why not celebrate this year's Family Literacy Day with one of these fine books.

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Canadian author Moira Young wins the Costa Book Award

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Canadian-born author Moira Young has won the UK’s Costa Book Award for children’s literature for her debut novel, Blood Red Road. The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland.

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Quill & Quire's Books of the Year 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, Quill & Quire has picked their top five books for young people. According to Q&Q staff, "There’s no formula for deciding. Some are critical darlings, some are word-of-mouth favourites. Some introduce us to important new voices, some represent the best work from established authors. And some are simply exceptional works we think people will be reading and talking about for years to come. Together, these five books made the biggest impact in YA and kidlit in 2011."

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Several Canadians honoured at the 2011 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

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A number of Canadian creators were honoured at the 2011 Moonbream Children's Book Awards. The contest is designed to honour the year's best children’s books, authors and illustrators. This exciting new book awards program is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish and intended for the North American market.

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Remembrance Day 2011

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month... Remembrance Day honours the sacrifices of the men and women of the armed forces who fought for our freedom. Commemorate this November 11th with a list of Canadian World War I and World War II books for young readers.

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New York Times Book Review honours Canadian titles!

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Three Canadian books have made the the New York Times Book Review's list of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2011. The books were selected by a panel of three judges - Jeanne Lamb (New York Public Library); Lucy Calkins, (Teachers College, Columbia University); and Sophie Blackall (author and artist). The November 13 issue of the Book Review will feature the artwork from this year's winners.

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Trick or Treat

Halloween is quickly approaching. Activities on this day often include trick-or-treating, costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, visiting haunted houses and telling scary ghost stories. This year, why not celebrate Halloween with a great Canadian children's book. Settle in for a light-hearted story or prepare for some spooky tales that aren't for the faint of heart. Click here for a list of Halloween-themed books.