Announcing the 2014 Information Book Award Winner

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

Pedal ItPedal It! How Bicycles are Changing the World
By Michelle Mulder
Published by Orca Books



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 . . .

Events line-up for 2014 – 2015

The VCLR Annual Illustrator’s Breakfast with special guest, Marie-Louise Gay
Saturday October 18, 2014 at the University Golf Club 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Includes breakfast. Book sales by KidsBooks. Silent auction.
Register now to take advantage of early bird rates.

AuthorFest at UBC with Norma Charles, Robert Heidbreder, and Deborah Hodges
November 17, 2014, Scarfe 100, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. FREE to all. Register now to confirm your seat.

A Celebration of our Award Winning BC Authors and Illustrators of 2014 with guest speaker Kit Pearson winner of the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. The event celebrates many other BC winners and finalists of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the BC Book Prizes, the VCLR Information Book Award, and several other important awards. A Wine and Cheese event from 7 – 9 p.m. at Creekside Community Centre January 21, 2015. FREE to members and students. Register now to confirm your seat.

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.

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UBC Graduate Student Research Conference in Children’s Literature, Sat. May 3

“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.

To register ($18 for students and $35 for faculty and professionals) please refer to our website at:

#Serendipity14 Program

8:00 – 8:30 Registration, Continental Breakfast, Book Sales, Author Autographing

8:35 Welcome. Shannon Ozirny, MC (@ShannonOzirny, @VanChLit)

8:45 Tim Federle (@TimFederle): Author of Better Nate Than Ever; Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and Tequila Mockingbird. Introduced by Robert Bittner

9:45 Arthur Slade (@arthurslade): Author of the Governor General’s Award‐winning Dust, the Hunchback Assignments series, and the forthcoming Modo: Ember’s End. Introduced by Rachel Balko

10:45 Coffee Break and book sales from Vancouver Kidsbooks

11:00 Paul O. Zelinsky (@paulozelinsky): Caldecott Medal‐winning illustrator of 30+ books including Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Swamp Angel, and Z Is for Moose. Introduced by Bryannie Kirk

12:00 Lunch, served on the second floor

12:20 Talent Pun (@talentpun): Creative Director for Loud Crow Interactive
Learn more about designing award‐winning apps such as Busytown Mysteries, Goodnight Moon, and Barnyard Dance from this art director, designer, and illustrator. Introduced by Shannon Ozirny

12:55   Comfort break

1:15   John Schumacher (@MrSchuReads) and Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes): Two elementary teacher‐librarians explain how they use technology to connect children, books, and authors. Introduced by Danielle Wing

2:00 Hadley Dyer (@hedyer): Winner of the 2013 Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award for Potatoes on Rooftops: Farming in the City. Introduced by Samantha Fraenkel, Information Book Award Chair

2:30 Digital Children’s Literature Panel Featuring Paul O. Zelinsky, Tim Federle, Arthur Slade, John Schumacher, and Travis Jonker. Moderated by Professor Eric Meyers

3:00 Author Autographing

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this day a success: Alison Acheson, Rachel Balko, Robert Bittner, Norma Charles, Margot Filipenko, Jane Flick, Samantha Fraenkel, Kallie George, Christianne Hayward, Bryannie Kirk, Laura MacDonald, Eric Meyers, Jo-­Anne Naslund, Cynthia Nugent, Shannon Ozirny, Judith Saltman, Kathryn Shoemaker, Phyllis Simon, Kat Thomson, Karen Taylor, Yukiko Tosa, Kay Weisman, Danielle Wing.

And to Vancouver Kidsbooks, our continuing supporter at Serendipity and other VCLR Events.