International Children's Book Day 2022

March 25 until April 2, celebrate International Children’s Book Day 2022 with author readings, family storytimes and more.

ICBD 2022: From Sea to Sea Booklist

The Basics

About ICBD and IBBY

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

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), an international, non-profit organization has been sponsoring International Children's Book Day since 1967.

About ICBD 2022

IBBY Canada is delighted to be the official sponsor of International Children’s Book Day 2022, selecting a theme and designing a poster for IBBY sections around the world to use to promote books and reading.

The 2022 theme is Stories are wings that help you soar every day, written by celebrated author Richard Van Camp (Tłı ̨chǫ) and affectingly illustrated by acclaimed artist Julie Flett (Cree/Métis).

This theme beautifully captures the power of children’s books to expand horizons, ignite the imagination and build understanding.

Read a message from Richard Van Camp to the children of the world on International Children’s Book Day 2022:


From March 25 until April 2, we're hosting a series of family-friendly events, both in person and online, to inspire a love of reading in your children.

A Message from the Governor General

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Watch the Videos

Missed the ICBY 2022 launch event? Watch the replay, including a conversation between special guests Kaumātua Ben Brown and EPL Elder in Residence Jo-Anne Saddleback and one-of-a-kind children's storytime featuring exceptional Indigenous picture books.

ICBD Activity Kit

Download printable templates for a fortune teller and a bookmaking activity based on the 2022 theme. Learn how to make bannock, opens a new window, a staple quick bread made by some Indigenous peoples of Canada.

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ICBD 2022: Booklists

For Parents

ICBD 2022: For Parents

How to Choose Indigenous Books for Children

Looking for children's books featuring Indigenous characters? Here are five important considerations when choosing material.

10 Tips to Help Your Kids Learn to Read

It's crucial children become good readers. Help them learn to read with these 10 tips, tried and tested by our very own EPL librarians!

The Importance of Representation in Children's Books

Indigenous author, David A. Robertson, on why we need diverse and accurate representation of different cultures in children's books.

How EPL Helps You Find Books

EPL has many recommending resources and services to save families time and help get the right book into a child’s hands.

Here are three ways to find your next favourite book:

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