Soon you won’t even have to read the book

The Children’s Book Centre is launching a YouTube presence, presumably to try to engage kids who are reading particular books, but five bucks says they spend three minutes there before looking up a couple of screaming 20-something man-children let’s-playing Minecraft. How can books compete with that?

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.

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