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Through reading and the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April, we can open ourselves to others despite distance, and we can travel thanks to imagination. From April 1st to 23rd, UNESCO will share quotes, poems and messages to symbolize the power of books and encourage reading as much as possible. By creating a sense of community through the shared readings and the shared knowledge, readers around the world can connect and mutually help curb loneliness. 

~ UNESCO

April 23rd is the day for celebrating Canadian literature and reading. Dedicate April 23rd to reading and encourage friends and family to do so, too. Celebrate by picking a new book to read or by reading a book to a child. It is also a good occasion to find a new book series to immerse yourself in or to learn more about Canadian authors.

FREE Saturday Stories on Zoom with Enza

Join us for Saturday Stories and crafts with Enza. TLE is honouring World Book Day by giving away free books during the week! Your child may be eligible to receive a free storytime activity knapsack with FREE books and craft activity supplies!

Canada Book Day

Canada Book Day is celebrated on the same day as World Book and Copyright Day, a yearly event organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.

Help encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. What was your favourite story as a kid? World Book Day encourages you to get it out and read it through again, maybe to your children or grandchildren. Celebrate the day with a great book!

Great Links about Books and Stories


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Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. Meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers can be a turning point in a child’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of reading. The readings and workshops that take place during Book Week can open a child’s eyes to the world of literature. These readings and interactions with authors, illustrators and storytellers can excite a child about literacy. Whether a child is interested in writing, drawing or telling stories aloud, Book Week inspires young imaginations, teaches children how wonderful a good book can be and encourages them to tell their own stories.

Nicola Winstanley

Nicola Winstanley’s works include Cinnamon Baby, (shortlisted for the 2012 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and honor-prize winner of the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats Award), and How to Give Your Cat a Bath, (shortlisted for the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award.) Her most recent picture book is Mel and Mo’s Marvelous Balancing Act. She is also a fiction writer, poet and comics creator who has been published in various Canadian literary magazines including Geist, The Dalhousie Review and Grain. Nicola is a full-time professor at Humber College, where she was awarded the Humber Teaching Excellence Award for 2018.  She has appeared at The Telling Tales Festival, Word on the Street, IOFA, and Wordstock. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Auckland and an MFA from UBC. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Q & A with Nicola Winstanley

Book list

Mel and Mo’s Marvelous Balancing Act by Nicola Winstanley, illustrated by Marianne Ferrer (Annick Press, 2019)

How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps by Nicola Winstanley, illustrated by John Martz (Tundra Books, 2019)

A Bedtime Yarn by Nicola Winstanley, illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller (Tundra Books, 2017)

The Pirate’s Bed by Nicola Winstanley, illustrated by Matt James (Tundra Books, 2015)

Cinnamon Baby by Nicola Winstanley, illustrated by Janice Nadeau (Kids Can Press, 2011)


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Join the Contest: #LoveTLEbooks

Win a Scholastic Book Bag of 50 books for the family! Your family can enter* our free draw to win! 


  1. Take a fun picture about reading: For example, a drawing of a story or the family reading, a bookmark, a picture of a favourite story, etc.
  2. Post the pic to your Face Book or Twitter before midnight Dec. 31, 2020 and include the hashtag: #LoveTLEbooks
  3. Next, tag TLE in the post (Don’t forget to use the @ sign!!)  : 
    • FaceBook: @TheLearningExchange1
    • Twitter: @TLEliteracy
  4. CONTEST CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT 2020
  5. The winner* will be picked randomly and announced New Year’s Day! The winner will be contacted via social media.

Contest details

* Enter as often as you like!!! The contest is open to all residents of Laval, QC (18 years old +) as well as ALL Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board teachers, families and employees. The winner can select from the following book levels and have the box delivered to the home: 

PreK-K | Grade 1/2 | Grade 3/4 | Grade 5+


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Thank you First Book Canada for your amazing work and book distribution! There will be many happy kids and parents this Halloween and Christmas!

Providing equal access to quality education for kids in need since 2009.

First Book Canada increases children’s interest in reading and improves self-esteem in readers. In a poll of the First Book Canada network, 54 percent report that children receiving books have increased self-esteem, 83 percent report seeing an increased interest in reading

A big thank you to Literacy Quebec for organizing this for TLE and to Enza and Abraham for picking up a CAR LOAD FULL of books for children and families in the Laval area!!

Reading is Power

Almost 25% of Canadian households don’t have a single book.

Public education and programs are deeply underfunded, and books are a luxury many families cannot afford. Without adequate resources, children cannot learn. The impact of this cycle is staggering.


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Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Storyline App Storyline Online Main PageOnline Stories: Search by Author, Reader or Title


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List of best books for baby from Good Housekeeping. Features picture of book along with short description of the story.

List of Baby Books


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There are three simple ways to share books throughout the year!

1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.
 Celebrate the love of reading by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.

2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.
Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book.

3. Donate a Book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter.”


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Grab the children and gather the family. Join Little Miss B as she reads and shares some of her favourite stories for the holidays!

The Elf on the Shelf | A Christmas Tradition

How does Santa really know who is naughty or nice? Listen to find out…

The Best Snowman Ever!

Molly Mouse is determined to build the biggest snowman in the world. 


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Try this fun Family Literacy idea to countdown the days to Christmas!

With a Christmas book countdown to Christmas calendar, instead of a piece of candy or chocolate, your child opens a Christmas picture book every day. What a great way to count the days to the holidays!!

What you need:

So how many books will you need? If you want to start your calendar December 1st you will need to decide if you countdown to Christmas Eve or Christmas day. That’s 24 or 25 books total. You can borrow storybooks from the library, gather favourite stories from around the house or from friends and family, and maybe add a few new titles.

Wrap Your Books

Wrap enough Christmas and winter-themed books for every day of your calendar and add a numbered tag to each one. Next, unwrap books daily as a family event and have fun reading! The “togetherness” is part of the joy of this engaging holiday activity. *Tip: Rewrap after the holidays for your next countdown to Christmas!

Use Your Imagination

Here’s a chance to be creative and start your family tradition!

  • Stack your books from largest to smallest to create the shape of a Christmas tree.
  • Stack your books to resemble a snowman
  • Put all of the books in a basket or pail
  • Display the books on the mantle place
  • Hide your books each day for a fun twist

Other Holiday Book Traditions You Can Start

  • Start a “12 Days of Christmas” tradition with a different theme for each day. Have books to read, crafts to create, and movies or special foods to enjoy.
  • Keep a basket of Christmas and winter-themed books under the tree to read aloud during the holiday season.
  • Use a mixture of books and movies to create your countdown calendar!
  • Go outdoors to read your books about snow.
  • Wrap a new book for each child to put on their beds after they fall asleep on Christmas Eve. 
  • Keep a collection of Christmas books that stay in a special basket during Advent.


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Babies

The most important thing we can do to nurture our little ones is to talk with them.  Let them hear our voice reading aloud to build lots of brain connections.  Plus, reading aloud helps to connect and  bond with our babies. ~ Growing Book By Book

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