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
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 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.
To 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:
Register yourself for the Breakfast and bring a teacher for $25.00 (this is half the price of a regular ticket)
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.
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.
Join 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
Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science
by Claire Eamer. Annick Press, 978-1-55451-535-6
Follow Your Money
by Kevin Sylvester and Michael Hlinka. Annick Press, 978-1-55451-480-9
Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids
by Deborah Ellis. Groundwood Books, 978-1-55498-120-5
Pay It Forward Kids: Small Acts, Big Change
by Nancy Runstedler. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 978-1-55455-301-3
Pedal 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.
Edgy, Eerie, Exceptional Serendipity 2015 with Holly Black, Andrew Smith, Mariko Tamaki, Molly Idle, and Kelli Chipponeri. March 7, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., breakfast and lunch included. Register now to take advantage of the early bird rate.
Don’t forget that except where noted, these are member-only events. Don’t miss out. Please make sure your membership is up-to-date. Renew your VCLR membership here.
“I Will Be Myself”: Identity in Children’s Literature, Media and Culture, is now open.
The conference will take place on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Vancouver campus, University of British Columbia. Graduate students from across North America will present their research in creative writing, library and information studies, English, Education, and other disciplines. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Phillip Serrato, San Diego State University, whose research is in gender, sexuality and identity in children’s and adolescent literature.