As CBC’s great Canadian book debate, Canada Reads, returns for its 22nd edition later this month, a new generation of book lovers are encouraged to participate in the literary celebration with CBC KIDS READS, also running March 27 – 30. All week long, young audiences are invited to join CBC Kids hosts Tony and Janaye, as well as Gary the Unicorn, Mr. Orlando, Cottonball and Makeup Monster, as they share their six favourite Canadian picture books and celebrate the love of reading.
With a focus on equity-deserving authors based across Canada, the selected books showcase inclusion, self-love and kindness. In addition to the defenders’ videos for their individual books, CBC KIDS READS week will see literacy-focused programming and music videos air during the CBC Kids weekday morning block on CBC TV and CBC Gem from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. local time. The videos will also be available on CBC Kids’ social media platforms including CBC Kids YouTube.
The six selected finalists are listed below, with reaction videos from the respective authors. Unlike the original iteration of Canada Reads, there is no winner declared – all of the selected titles are recognized as equally powerful and rewarding for young readers.
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