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International Children’s Book Day 2022

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Mar 29, 2022

Every year, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday (April 2), International Children’s Book Day is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.  

This year, IBBY Canada, the Canadian national chapter of the International Board on Books for Young People, is the official sponsor of International Children’s Book Day 2022. Ottawa Public Library is joining other public libraries across Canada to highlight the benefits and artistry of books and stories for young children and their fundamental role in building early childhood literacy.  

Join us Wednesday, March 30 at 10:30 am for a Storytime under the theme of International Children’s Book Day: Stories are wings that help you soar every day, written by celebrated author Richard Van Camp. This idea captures the power of children’s books to expand horizons, ignite the imagination and build understanding. 

OPL invites children, parents, caregivers and families of all kinds to enjoy an exciting array of virtual programs and activities developed by IBBY Canada, steeped in Indigenous cultures and stories. Most of the International Children’s Book Day 2022 programs are in English, but there are free activity kits offered in both official languages (English and French) to celebrate.   

To increase awareness and understanding, OPL has booklists that feature 25 of the best Indigenous picture books published in Canada between 2018 and 2020. Plus, the Library has dedicated a web hub for easy access to full range of Indigenous content and themes from Indigenous creators on the OPL Indigenous web page. 

From Sea to Sea to Sea - Celebrating Indigenous Children's Books_2
by indigenous_library

Addendum to the 2018 Edition of From Sea to Sea to Sea: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Books This collection of 25 of the best Indigenous picture books was published in Canada between 2018 and 2020 by Indigenous authors. It reflected the diversity of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit voices from sea to sea to sea. This collection was compiled by IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People). #aboriginal, #indigenous

OPL-Indigenous Board and Picture Books - for children
by indigenous_library

Books chosen by Ottawa Public Library staff. #Aboriginal, #Indigenous