Well friends, we have reached the finish line. It’s Day 30 of our month-long video marathon to Keep Toronto Reading, and after kicking off the whole shebang, I thought I’d finish what I started. No one had done a children’s book yet (if we don’t count Lindsey Reeder’s reco for a YA novel), so being a big fan of kidlit, I thought I’d give it a shot. It was really a no-brainer, and I decided to record a recommendation I’ve made countless times: Shaun Tan’s Tales from Outer Suburbia:
Now that we’ve take our last KTR bow, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who put up with my pestering and contributed to making another one of my half-baked schemes a great success. I’d also like to give a huge shout-out to Ab at the Toronto Public Library, who supported our effort from day one.
We had a total of 32 videos submitted from 25 different publishing professionals, authors, and civilian book lovers alike, recommending a total of 35 books. Now it’s up to you all to go out in read them! Take them out from your local library branch (the TPL for our targeted Torontonians), or buy them at your local indie bookseller (find one with Indie Bound or the Canadian Booksellers Association), or, if you’re looking to buy a bundle (which I’m thinking is going to happen to me), online retailers are a good option. Since I’ve been linking through to Amazon.ca all along, I also built a handy little bookstore that has all the titles and who recommended them. You can shop it here.
As a final note, be sure to drop by on Monday for a big KIRBC announcement (not another campaign this time, or at least not yet), but it’s still exciting. Thanks for coming by, now go get reading!