November 8, 2023


I Read Canadian Day is a national celebration of Canadian books for young people, with the goal of elevating the genre and celebrating the breadth and diversity of these books. This year’s event will take place on November 8, 2023. The IRC committee is planning some virtual presentations for the day. Stay tuned for more details. We also encourage schools, libraries and bookstores to invite a local author to your school, library or store to celebrate the day.

WHEN: November 8, 2023

Schools, libraries, daycares, and families across Canada are invited to sign up and join the rest of Canada in reading, being read to, or listening to a Canadian book for 15 minutes on November 8, 2023.

Kindergarten, Grade 1, 2, and 3 classes are invited to attend a free virtual presentation on November 8,
2023 at 11:00 EST.


The presentation will celebrate the TD Grade One Book Giveaway program and will feature the four following Canadian authors and illustrators: Nadia L. Hohn, Michael Martchenko, Priti Birla Maheshwari, and Ashley Barron.

Last year, a combined total of nearly 3,300 registered participants tuned into 2022’s I Read Canadian Day two livestreamed events.

Remember, you can help promote reading Canadian all year round. Buy or borrow Canadian books. Share I Read Canadian Day with your colleagues, schools, teachers, librarians, friends, family, and bookstores. Include a link in your email signature. Tag #IReadCanadianDay in your posts and reposts. It’s a Canada-wide party and everyone is invited. Help spread the word!

I Read Canadian Day is made possible through the partnership of Canadian School Libraries, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, The Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers, The Ontario Library Association, and The Forest of Reading and through the financial support of Access Copyright and Orca Book Publishers.


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I Read Canadian Day is a new nationwide initiative that celebrates the richness, diversity and breadth of Canadian literature. Taking place for the third year on November 8, 2023, this celebration will empower families, schools, libraries, bookstores and organizations to host activities and events by reading Canadian books for just fifteen minutes. For more information, visit and sign up for free to participate. Help get the word out on social media by following @IReadCanadian and using the hashtag #IReadCanadian.



Press Release for 2021 I Read Canadian Day – February 16, 2021

Bibliovideo – I Read Canadian Day Video launch – November 26, 2020

Canadian Children’s Book Centre – November 9, 2020

Toronto Star Article – February, 2020

Globe and Mail Article – February, 2020

Canadian School Libraries Journal Article – November 4, 2019

Quill & Quire Article – Northern Exposure – December 2019