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Kurt Browning Named the First Canadian Children's Book Centre Idol

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From our friends at The Canadian Children’s Book Centre:

Four-time World and Canadian Champion figure skater, Kurt Browning, has been named the first Canadian Children’s Book Centre Idol by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, kicking off a week of Gold Medal Reading during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week, November 14 – 21, 2009

This year, the theme for Canada’s largest national literary event celebrating Canadian books for children and teens is Gold Medal Reading in honour of the 2010 Winter Olympics being held on home snow and ice. Kurt Browning, a three-time Olympic team member, will launch the event by participating in the annual TD Grade One Book Giveaway Program, one of the highlights of Book Week. Over 500,000 Grade One children across Canada will receive a copy of this year’s selection, Let’s Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, by Lizann Flatt and illustrated by Scot Ritchie. Browning will make an appearance at a Toronto school during Book Week to hand out the books to a Grade One class. Browning’s eldest child is a grade one student this year.

Kurt Browning is the author of A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet, illustrated by Melanie Rose and published in 2006 by Sleeping Bear Press. Browning and his wife, National Ballet of Canada’s Principal Dancer, Sonia Rodriguez, will soon release another book for children.

TD Canada’s Children’s Book Week
During Book Week, Canadian authors, illustrators and storytellers travel across the country, from coast to coast, and up to the far north, visiting schools, libraries, and community centres, to talk about their books, and meet young readers. Book Week inspires many independent activities and local celebrations of Canadian children’s books and their creators.

Both the TD Grade One Book Giveaway Program and TD Canadian Children’s Book Week are organized by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC), a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the reading, writing, illustrating, and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. The Centre’s programs, publications and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the best books for young readers.

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