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Canadian Independent Bookstore Day (CIBD) is an opportunity for publishers, authors, and the wider community to celebrate and raise the profile of indie booksellers. This year's event is on April 24, 2021. We encourage all participants and champions to help boost the signal from April 6 onward.

In this toolkit, you will find some helpful resources and assets for promoting CIBD 2021. This page will be updated as resources become available.


To help booksellers and partners plan their promotional activities, we have outlined our promotional timeline below.

  • March 30: website live + promo materials available
  • April 6: public launch
  • April 16: deadline for bookstore activity information
  • April 19: spotlight on activities
  • April 20-22: spotlight on contest
  • April 24: Canadian Independent Bookstore Day! + contest opens
  • April 25: contest closes
  • April 26: thank you to supporters + contest winners selected

If you would like to engage local media, please download our media alert template here.


One of the most remarkable and endearing aspects of local bookstores is their distinct look, feel, and curated collection of books and products. We wanted to put together a cohesive look for CIBD 2021 while also celebrating the unique personalities of indie bookstores across Canada. Working with a talented local designer, we’ve created a brand for CIBD 2021 that incorporates 3 distinct concepts.

We encourage you to choose the design concept that best suits your personality and brand. Each folder contains:

  • Style guide (i.e., how to use each piece)
  • CIBD logos
  • Poster (3 print sizes available)
  • Contest one-pager
  • Web banner
  • Social graphics
  • Customizable social templates

In order to make an impact, please stick with a single concept throughout your communications. Examples of each concept can be found above the link to download.

Concept A: Professional, Accessible, and Warm

 Click here to download these materials. 

Concept B: Modern, Sleek, and Hip

 Click here to download these materials. 

Concept C: Fun, Lively, and Family-Friendly

 Click here to download these materials. 

Have you added the new Shop Local API to your website yet? Powered by Bookmanager, Shop Local will allow readers to discover indie bookstores that have stock of any given title on your website. We've even designed a Shop Local button based on our CIBD brand! Click here to download our button.


We strongly encourage booksellers, publishers, and industry champions to help build excitement for CIBD 2021 online. Your social posts can be as generic or tailored as you’d like, depending on your interest and capacity.

Using our resources, you can:

  1. Create unique social content using our social media templates and design software like Canva or Adobe Spark. This will support promotion of specific titles, activities, and specials related to CIBD 2021. Look for templates in our promotional assets.

  2. Post original content to your feeds using our designed graphics and sample posts. This is best if you want to use your own voice with limited time. Use the graphics in our promotional assets and the sample posts below.

  3. Share CIBA’s posts! Our social feeds are curated for Canadian readers and will be populated with shareable content in the lead up to CIBD 2021. If you’re looking for something plug-and-play or want to expand our reach, make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Campaign Launch (April 6):
“Mark your calendars: Saturday, April 24 is #IndieBookstoreDay! Indies across Canada will host activities and @CIBAbooks is running an awesome contest. Buy books for your chance to win exciting prizes. Visit cibabooks.ca for more details!”

Lead Up (April):
“Are you ready for #IndieBookstoreDay? Booksellers across Canada will host activities online and in-store (safely), offer discounts, and give away free stuff. And have you checked out those #CIBD2021 contest prizes!? Visit cibabooks.ca for more info!”

Event Day (April 24):
“Today is Canadian Independent Bookstore Day! What are you doing to celebrate? We’re excited to ______________ and _____________. And the #CIBD2021 contest opens today. Every book you buy in-store and online equals one entry. Visit cibabooks.ca to read about the prize options and support your local indies. #IndieBookstoreDay”

Day After (April 25):
“Yesterday was Canadian #IndieBookstoreDay and it was a BLAST! There are so many benefits when you #ShopLocal and #ReadTheWorld. Thank you for supporting indies – especially this year. And it’s not over yet! You can still buy books from your local store (in-store or online) TODAY to enter the #CIBD2021 contest. Visit cibabooks.ca to enter. Contest closes at 11:59pm EST!”



  • #CIBD2021
  • #IndieBookstoreDay


  • #ShopLocal
  • #ReadTheWorld


  • CIBD Info -- https://cibabooks.ca/Canadian-Independent-Bookstore-Day
  • Contest -- https://cibabooks.ca/Canadian-Independent-Bookstore-Day-Contest2021
  • Activities -- https://cibabooks.ca/Canadian-Independent-Bookstore-Day-Activities


Select publishers are offering specials and shared markdowns for participating bookstores. Booksellers who are interested in taking advantage of these offers should speak directly to their sales reps.

Click here to download a list of current offers. This list will be updated as new offers become available.


CIBA will create a public-facing guide to CIBD 2021 on our website. This guide will promote participating bookstores and highlight both in-person and online activities. Registered bookstores can send activity info by email to kayla.calder@cibabooks.ca until April 16 (but the earlier the better!).

Click here to download a list of activity suggestions 


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We wish to acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund.

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