TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week will take place from Saturday, May 5 to Saturday, May 12, 2012. Twenty-nine English-speaking authors, illustrators and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, bookstores, and community centres in every province and territory across the country.

We are so happy to have the following authors touring, here are some of the public readings our authors will be appearing at:

Rina Singh, author

  • Monday, May 7 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the Airdrie Public Library
    111 – 304 Main Street, Airdrie, AB T4B 3C3
  • Wednesday, May 9 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm at the Fort McMurray Public Library
    151 MacDonald Drive, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5C5
  • Friday, May 11 from 9:00am – 10:00am at the Hinton Municipal Library
    803 Switzer Drive, Hinton, AB T7V 1V1
  • Friday, May 11 from 10:30am – 11:30am at the Hinton Municipal Library
    803 Switzer Drive, Hinton, AB T7V 1V1

Jan Andrews, storyteller & author

  • Thursday, May 10 from 1:15pm – 2:15pm at the Barriere Branch (TNRD Library)
    4511 Barriere Town Rd, Box 100, Barriere, BC V0E 1E0
  • Friday, May 11 from 11:00am – 12:00pm at the Chase Library (TNRD Library)
    614 Shuswap Ave, Box 590, Chase, BC V0E 1M0
  • Thursday, May 10 from 10:45am – 11:45am at the North Shore Branch (TNRD Library)
    795 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, BC
  • Friday, May 11 from 1:15pm – 2:15pm at the Art Gallery (TNRD Library)
    100 – 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC

Vivien Bowers, author

  • Thursday, May 10 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the Springfield Public Library
    60024 Provincial Hwy. #206, Box 340, Dugald, MB R0E 0K0
  • Tuesday, May 8 from 2:15pm – 3:15pm at the Eriksdale Public Library
    c/o Eriksdale School, 1 School Road, Eriksdale, MB
  • Thursday, May 10 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the Valley Regional Library
    141 Main Street S. Morris, MB R0G 1K0
  • Wednesday, May 9 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at the Pinawa Public Library
    Vanier Avenue, Pinawa, MB R0E 1L0
  • Friday, May 11 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the Red River North Library
    303 Main Street, Selkirk, MB R1A 1S7
  • Monday, May 7 from 10:10am – 11:10am at the Transcona Library
    111 Victoria Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2C 1S6

Karen Patkau, author & illustrator

  • Tuesday, May 8 from 9:30am – 10:30am at the Cape Breton Regional Library
    562 Chebucto Street, Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0
  • Wednesday, May 9 from 10:00am – 11:00am at the Halifax Public Library
    60 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4P8
  • Tuesday, May 8 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the Eastern Counties Regional Libraries
    390 Murray Street, Mulgrave, NS B0E 2G0
  • Tuesday, May 8 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm at the Eastern Counties Regional Libraries
    390 Murray Street, Mulgrave, NS B0E 2G0

Please come out to support our authors! Details may change, please check the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week website for updates and for a full list of public events.

A Call for Blog Tour Participants: Hey Canada!

What is a blog tour?

Similar to an author tour where the author travels from store to store across the country, a blog tour is when a series of blogs post about the book during a consecutive number of days.

What do I need to participate?
First of all, you will need a blog. Second, a love for reading children’s books! Third, a commitment to post on your scheduled blog tour date.

What is the book about?
Hey Canada!
Written by Vivien Bowers
Illustrated by Milan Pavolvic
Hardcover | 72 pages | Ages 7-10
ISBN: 978-1-77049-255-4
Gran has decided that she is taking nine-year-old Alice and eight-year-old Cal on a road trip across Canada “before she’s old and creaky.” With a sparkling combination of poems, silly songs, tweets and blogs, the trio records the trip for readers everywhere to share. Starting in St. John’s Newfoundland, where they have a “find-it” list that includes a moose and an iceberg and going all the way to the Pacific Ocean, the gang in Hey Canada! offers a delightful way to learn about vast, varied, and surprising Canada.

The book combines narrative, poems, photos, comics about historical events such as the battle at Fortress Louisburg, maps (including provincial flags, birds, and flowers), in a lively, easily accessible format. Not only great fun to read, this is a valuable resource for young Canadians and for visitors across the country.

How can I help during the blog tour?
As a participating blogger, you will be given a copy of Hey Canada! to read. On your scheduled posting date, you should post your review of the Hey Canada! for tour followers to see. If you don’t want to do a review, you can also post an author interview, a home-made book trailer, share fun-facts, or something unique! Anything you like, as long as it relates back to the book. We encourage creativity here!

We will be promoting the blog tour, so your blog will see an increase in traffic. Tundra will be sharing your link on our own blog here, our facebook page, and twitter. We would greatly appreciate it if you could help spread the word too. Feel free to post your reviews on Goodreads, LibraryThing, or online retailers.

Where do I sign up?
I thought you would never ask! If you are getting this as an e-mail subscriber, please fill out the form on our blog:
The application form is closed. Thank you to all of those who applied!

We will be sending you a copy of the finished book to read as soon as possible. The blog tour will be starting on Monday, June 25, 2012 and ending on Friday, June 29, 2012. The week before Canada Day! You can also e-mail us ( or leave a comment below if you have any questions about the blog tour.