Sunday, June 26, 2005

Mark Your Calendar

Considering that my previous post concerned book acquisitions, it is, perhaps, fitting somehow that this post should be about book giveaways.

Each year, TD Bank Financial Group and The Canadian Children's Book Centre offer TD Children's Book Week in November. The event is self-described as, the "single most important bilingual, national event celebrating Canadian children's books and the importance of reading."

To celebrate the book week, a far-reaching and successful program exists: the TD Grade One Book Giveaway. By way of introduction, the website declares:

Since 2000, in cooperation with ministries of education and school boards across the country, the Canadian Children's Book Centre has given a free Canadian children’s book to every Grade One child in Canada.

It amounts to over 420,000 books distributed throughout Canada during the TD Children's Book Week.

This year's selection for the 2005 Grade One Book Giveaway book is Alligator Stew: Favourite Poems by Dennis Lee.

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"Key Porter Books and the CCBC have worked with well-known author and poet Dennis Lee to produce an anthology of some of his best-loved poems from his collections such as Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight and Jelly Belly... This book is to be taken home by each Grade One student and read with their parents."

In 2003, The selection was The Girl Who Hated Books by Manjusha Pawagi (illustration: Leanne Franson).

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RL: Under 9
Paper, 24 pages
Illustrated: Leanne Franson
Second Story Press (1998)
ISBN: 1-896764-09-6

I loved this philosophical tale: what really is a book? What does it mean to read? What is the relationship between book and reader? All of these questions are answered in an intelligent, quirky manner.

The illustrations caught my eye: they are fanciful, larger-than-life depictions of a topsy-turvy situation in a child's life.

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