Next spring, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre will launch Bibliovideo, a YouTube channel featuring author interviews, read-alongs, illustrator demonstrations, book trailers, and reviews. Using funds from the Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Strategy Fund, the CCBC has brought together a group of key players in the Canadian children’s book community to steer and curate the project.
The intent is to create a place for librarians, teachers, parents, book creators, reviewers, and readers to access informative and engaging video content on all aspects of Canadian children’s literature, including fiction and non-fiction, old and new books, and ones written in English, French, and Indigenous languages.
“Everything we do at the CCBC is related to one central goal: to support and promote Canadian books for young people,” says executive director Rose Vespa in a press release. “Bibliovideo, for us, is a new digitalized approach to something we have been working towards since the 1970s. This will be a new, collaborative, digital hub for everyone who loves reading.”
A trailer for the channel premiered at the 2019 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards in Toronto and the CCBC is currently putting a call out to everyone in the community to send in descriptions of their video content for consideration.