By Nicole Jones
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) recently launched Bibliovideo, a YouTube channel dedicated to Canadian children’s books.
The online resource for parents and educators launched early, rather than it’s May target date, to meet the growing need for Canadian content that can be shared and viewed by kids. Now more than ever, good quality educational content is especially relevant due to the uncertainly of when schools will return full time, and with children being at home for the majority of their day.
Bibliovideo is a great place to connect with fiction and non-fiction books, new titles and old, and books in English, French and Indigenous. The channel also features videos and links to resources in both French and English about Canadian books for children and youth. Author interviews, read-alongs, how-to demos from illustrators, publishers’ trailers and book reviews are also available, and Indigenous languages will be added later this year.
While new videos are added twice a week, Janis Nostbakken, the channel’s project director, and her team are always open to new submissions.
Bibliovideo recently served as the home for the virtual edition of Canadian Children’s Book Week (the in-person events were cancelled due to COVID-19), the biggest national event which celebrates Canadian children’s literature. Those who joined in were able to watch videos by illustrators and authors such as Robin Stevenson, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Eugenie Fernandes, Shane Peacock, Paul Covello
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