Useful and Free Resources about Writers, Writing and Books

Markets for Young Writers: This is one of our most frequently asked questions. There are a few legitimate markets for youth, but proceed with caution.

Association of Canadian Publishers represents over 140 Canadian-owned publishers. ACP retains consultants and researchers to conduct various studies, including the recent Canadian Books in Schools and The Crisis in Canada’s School Libraries, both available on-line.

Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators and Performers is an umbrella for its membership of published authors, illustrated and children’s performers that forms the largest organization in Canada supporting creative work for children and young adults. CANSCAIP’s website features author webpages, workshop information and all the latest news on what’s happening in the world of Canadian children’s literature and performance.

Canadian Children’s Book Centre was founded in 1976 to promote, support and encourage the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for children and teens. CCBC organizes Canadian Children’s Book Week annually and makes it possible for you to invite a visiting Canadian writer into your school. WFNS is home to the Atlantic collection of the CCBC Library and you’re welcome to visit in person or on-line where this rich collection of books for children and young adults is listed in a searchable database.

The Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award is an Atlantic Canadian book award which allows children in Grades 4 to 6 to choose their favourite Canadian and Atlantic Canadian books. Hackmatack authors are also available for school visits.

The Ontario Library Association has, over the years, taken a leadership role with reading programs aimed at all readers. Annually, OLA administers their Forest of Reading program, which includes the Blue Spruce, Red Birch, Silver Maple, White Pine, Evergreen and Golden Oak Awards. They are also a great source of lists of wonderful book choices. The OLA's annual Best Bets evolved from a list put out by the Canadian Materials Committee of the Children's Services Guild of the OLA which selects books on the basis of their literary/artistic merit as well as their appeal for children. Text and illustrations are of equal importance in picture books and information books.

Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read. FREEDOM TO READ WEEK will be celebrated from February 24 to March 1 in 2008. Freedom to Read Week 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. There are lots of hints about how you and your students can participate in Freedom to Read week at this site.

Booktrust is an independent national charity in England that encourages people of all ages and cultures to discover and enjoy reading. This web site provides free resources and recommendations for teachers, librarians and parents about books for young people of all ages.