February 19th is the inaugural I Read Canadian Day! It celebrates the richness and diversity of Canadian literature.
Children's author, Eric Walters brought this day to life by collaborating with a few different organizations. These included the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers, and the Ontario Library Association.
Walters was inspired to create this day when he heard some troubling news - sales of Canadian books have gone down by 50 percent. He hopes that this day will inspire all readers, especially the youth, to discover great authors and books from our very own country. Canadian literature can mirror our own culture and our own lives in a unique way - with many authors having a diverse voice.
MHPL Canadian Book Picks
Here at MHPL, we absolutely love our Canadian authors. Take a look below to see some of our staff pictured with their favourite Canadian reads. Check out the full list here.
What Are Your Canadian Faves?
I hope we've inspired you to think about your favourite Canadian authors with this post. Our challenge now to you is to “Read Canadian” for 15 minutes and to share your experience with us. You can let us know how it went on our Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter.