I Am Canada: New Exhibit Celebrating the Art of Canadian Picture Books Opens November 11

November 7, 2017 | Nicole

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Children's book lovers of all ages take note! 

Our new exhibit, I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture Book Art, opens this Saturday, November 11 in the TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library. As always, admission is free and the gallery is open to the public during regular library hours. It runs until January 21. 

I-am-canada-art1From The Paper Bag Princess, © 1980 Michael Martchenko

This exhibit celebrates the work of Canadian illustrators who have inspired generations of young readers. It is a rare chance to see the original artwork from beloved classics and more recent favourites, including works by Barbara Reid, Brian Deines, Brenda ClarkKady MacDonald DentonMarie-Louise GayIan WallaceWerner ZimmermannMichael Martchenko and many more! 


From Jillian Jiggs, © 1985 Phoebe Gilman

I Am Canada showcases picture book art from the library’s Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books and the private collection of Scholastic Canada, which has been introducing young people to the joys of reading for 60 years.

Here are four more great ways to help celebrate great Canadian picture books.

1. Unleash your inner artist with help from Ruth Ohi, Werner Zimmermann and Barbara Reid

Looking for a creative outlet during the school holidays this winter? Celebrate Scholastic Canada's 60th Anniversary with free programs for kids aged 5+ with award-winning children's book illustrators. Join us in Beeton Hall at the Toronto Reference Library on Thursday, January 4:

Registration is required. Free tickets are available via the links above beginning Saturday, November 11 at 9 am.


I-am-canada-art4From I Am Canada: A Celebration, © 2017 Barbara Reid


2. Join us for tours and storytimes in the gallery

Guided tours of the exhibit will take place every Tuesday at 2 pm. Drop in. No registration required. 

Join us Tuesdays at 10 am for storytimes in the gallery highlighting books by Canadian authors and illustrators. 

Groups, school classes and daycares are also welcome. Please contact [email protected] to register. 


3. Expand your Canadian reading list

Here are just a few of the Canadian children's books featured in the exhibit. How many have you read? 

 SnowDay Lighthouse A Story of Remembrance Nanas Cold Days YuckaLoveStory JustoneGoal
JillianJiggs PictureATree TheHockeySweater DuncansWayjpg BigSarahsLittleBoots_ OurCanadianFlag

Looking for more? Check out some great posts from earlier this year celebrating 150 of the best Canadian books for children

4. Share your favourite Canadian children's book

Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on social media with #IAmCanada #TDGalleryTPL.