Read Up On It is available in PDF format [PDF 2914 KB].
A Wish for Peace
In this year, the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, Read Up On It explores the universal themes of war, conflict resolution and peace. These topics are complex and difficult to address at any level, and special care must be taken when presenting them to children. Library and Archives Canada wishes to highlight the important contributions of Canadian publishers and authors of children's literature who produce outstanding books on this type of subject.
An annual Library and Archives Canada publication, Read Up On It presents a selection of Canadian books for young people. These books are aimed at beginning readers and teenagers, as well as parents, volunteers and teachers who read aloud to small children. The selection of titles is also an excellent resource for family and community literacy initiatives, since it provides information on quality books that can be shared by parents, grandparents and children, and strengthens ties between generations.
The goal of Read Up On It is to make known Canadian authors and illustrators, and to encourage the reading of Canadian children's literature. Each year, the guide reaches an audience of nearly 40,000 teachers, librarians and parents who are eager to keep young readers up to date.
It is my hope that this year's theme will foster much reflection, thought and inspiration. May your year be filled with the pleasures and benefits of reading!