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Stuck for a gift idea? A ticket to Edgy, Eerie, and Exceptional: Serendipity 2015 with Holly Black, Andrew Smith, Mariko Tamaki, Molly Idle, and Kelli Chipponeri makes a great gift for yourself or for a friend.

From haunted dolls and worlds of nightmare, to the raw emotion and exceptional beauty of growing up, the presenters at Serendipity 2015 will captivate and inspire. This year’s speakers include Caldecott and Newbery Honor winners, illustrators and authors, and even an editorial director to take you behind the scenes!

Plus . . . take your inspiration from these authors’ books; come in your edgy, eerie, or exceptional costume and be prepared for a fabulous day!

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Held in the Swing Space building, 2175 West Mall, on the UBC campus (conveniently located right next to the West Parkade). Includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks | Book sales by Kidsbooks

Early Bird rates end January 31, 2015

Register online or by mail.

You are invited to a special Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable event

A Celebration of Award Winning BC Children’s Authors & Illustrators

With Special Guests Kit Pearson & Michelle Mulder

When: January 21, 2015, 7 – 9 pm

Where: Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver

What: A taste of BC wines & cheeses | Silent Auction

Cost: Free to members and students.

Register now to confirm your seat and update your membership.

Edgy, Eerie, Exceptional: Serendipity 2015

VCLR_Serendipity_Mar2015_Poster_v8a2with Holly Black, Andrew Smith, Mariko Tamaki, Molly Idle, and Kelli Chipponeri.

From haunted dolls and worlds of nightmare, to the raw emotion and exceptional beauty of growing up, the presenters at Serendipity 2015 will captivate and inspire. This year’s speakers include Caldecott and Newbery Honor winners, illustrators and authors, and even an editorial director to take you behind the scenes!

(This event will be held at at UBC, but we are still confirming the exact location. Please check www.vclr.ca for updates.)

Saturday March 7, 2015
Includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks | Book sales by Kidsbooks

Early Bird Rates until January 31, 2015 Members $140 | Non-Members $155 | Students $60
Regular Rates February 1 – March 4, 2015 Members $180 | Non-Members $195 | Students $75

To register by mail download the registration form here.

This is a member-only event. Don’t miss out. Please make sure your membership is up-to-date. Renew your VCLR membership here.

Announcing the 2014 Information Book Award Winner

The Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Are Proud to Announce…

THE 2014 INFORMATION BOOK AWARD WINNER:
Pedal ItPedal It! How Bicycles are Changing the World
By Michelle Mulder
Published by Orca Books

 

 

HONOR BOOK:
Pay It ForwardPay It Forward Kids: Small Acts, Big Change
By Nancy Runstedler
Published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside

 

 

To watch video trailers made about this year’s Information Book Award finalists and to read more about the award click here.

Ron Jobe Scholarship Winner Announced

Congratulations to Bonnie Tulloch, this year’s winner of the Rob Jobe Children’s Literature Scholarship.

This award is given to a student in the Master of Arts Program in Children’s Literature (SLAIS) and is based on academic achievement in courses in literature for children and young adults, as well as contributions to the authorship, scholarship, promotion and dissemination of literature to children.

About this year’s winner

Bonnie-Tulloch-2014-Winner_3Bonnie is a second year student in the MACL program. She has already distinguished herself in the Children’s Literature field, making presentations at the UBC Research Day, the UBC graduate student conference in children’s literature and the Children’s Literature Association in South Carolina.

In 2013 Bonnie received the Frances E. Russell award from IBBY Canada, which enabled her to pursue a research project on islands in Canadian children’s literature, including interviewing several authors.

Currently she is working on her thesis, which will reflect her delight in nonsense poetry. She will focus on the poetry of Dennis Lee, Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss and consider others, as well.

Bonnie is actively involved in B.C. Children’s Hospital’s Balding for Dollars project, with rhymed picture books.

Click here to read about past winners and to learn how to contribute to the scholarship.

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite information book!

Just a reminder that October 31 is the deadline to submit your votes for the 2014 Information Book Award. Please email your completed ballot to Kay Weisman (contact details are on the ballot).

Video Trailers of the five 2014 Information Book Award Finalists:
These outstanding video shorts, produced by UBC Students, were previewed at our Fall Illustrator’s Breakfast with Marie-Louise Gay.

Click here to learn more about the Information Book Award.

Take a Teacher to Breakfast Campaign

VCLR_Breakfast_Oct2014_Poster_FinalTo acknowledge the fine work our teachers do and to help during what must be tough financial times for many of them, we are offering special rates for teachers to attend the VCLR’s Breakfast with Marie-Louise Gay, Saturday October 18, 2014.

Here’s how all our members can participate:

  1. Register yourself for the Breakfast and bring a teacher for $25.00 (this is half the price of a regular ticket)
  2. Sponsor a teacher by purchasing a ticket at the reduced rate of $25.00. Teachers can then apply directly to VCLR for a ticket via email.
  3. If you’re a teacher, register for the Breakfast for $25 (which is 50% off the regular early bird price).

If you haven’t yet registered, please consider doing so soon. Early bird rates end September 30.

Marie-Louise Gay will be talking about (and answering questions about) her wonderful new book Any Questions? Although it may be unsuitable for those with allergies to elephants it is otherwise another glorious book in the fine tradition of artistry and whimsy we have come to expect from Marie-Louise Gay’s work. It will be a morning well spent! We look forward to seeing you there.

Illustrator’s Breakfast with Marie-Louise Gay

VCLR_Breakfast_Oct2014_Poster_FinalJoin us on Saturday October 18, 2014 for a delightful morning with Marie-Louise Gay, illustrator and author of the famous Stella and Sam books and winner of numerous awards including three Governor General’s Awards.

University Golf Club
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Includes breakfast | Book sales by Kidsbooks | Art sales

Early bird ticket sales end September 30.

Click here for more information and to register.

Announcing the 2014 Information Book Award Finalists

The five finalists for the 2014 Information Book Award are:

Before the world was readyBefore the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science

by Claire Eamer. Annick Press, 978-1-55451-535-6

 

 

CoverFollow Your Money

by Kevin Sylvester and Michael Hlinka. Annick Press, 978-1-55451-480-9

 

 

Looks Like Daylight

Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids

by Deborah Ellis. Groundwood Books, 978-1-55498-120-5

 

 

Pay It ForwardPay It Forward Kids: Small Acts, Big Change

by Nancy Runstedler. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 978-1-55455-301-3

 

 

Pedal ItPedal It! How Bicycles are Changing the World

by Michelle Mulder. Orca Book Publishers, 978-1-45980219-3

 

 

Thank you to all the Roundtables that participated in the first round of voting to select the finalists. Special thanks to outgoing Information Book Award Chair Samantha Fraenkel who handled the duties up to this point.

Voting will take place between now and October 31, 2014. The winner and honour book will be announced the evening of November 17, 2014 in Vancouver.

The VCLR community is urged to submit votes for their favourite title to Kay Weisman. You can email the name of your favourite book directly or download and email this fillable PDF ballot form (note that the form fill feature works best if you save then open the file in Adobe Reader and not in your browser). Ballots will also be available at the Fall Breakfast on October 18th.

Read more . . .