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Canadian children’s author triggers a donation of 280,000 brand new books to kids in need across the Niagara Region

WELLAND, ON (November 13, 2019) – Working in collaboration with the Niagara Children’s Planning Council (NCPC) and the charitable partner First Book Canada, today Dr. Rumeet Billan announced the donation of over a quarter of a million brand-new books being distributed to children and youth across the region.  Throughout this week,... Read more

Behind the Scenes at First Book Canada: Calyssa

Can you tell us a bit about what you do as the Communications Coordinator? As Communications Coordinator, I create, curate, and manage all our communications going out across a variety of channels. I’m constantly checking on our online community through our social media platforms, creating emails to our donors and... Read more

A Decade in Review

Top 10 First Book Canada Moments, 2009 – 2019 When we started in 2009, we had a small, dedicated team of 2. Now, in 2019, we are a passionate and committed team of 7. As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, let’s look back on the last decade of growth, success, and... Read more

Fueling the Imagination: Conversation with Qin Leng

Posted in: Author Voices

Qin Leng is a designer and illustrator known for her illustrations of children’s books. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Throughout her career, Qin has illustrated over 30 picture books, magazines and book covers with... Read more