2018 Information Book Award Shortlist Announced

The jury for the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada’s Information Book Award are pleased to announce the 2018 Shortlist.

Voting, by members of the Children’s Literature Roundtables across Canada has begun and will continue through October 31, 2018.  The 2018 Information Book Award winner and honour titles will be announced in early November 2017, and the award will be presented in January 2019, in Vancouver.

Our thanks to all Canadian publishers of information books for children for participating in this award.

Download the ballot form here.

The Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Announce . . .

2018 Information Book Award Shortlist

(Ten Terrific Nonfiction titles published in 2017, listed alphabetically)

Biometrics: Your Body and the Science of Security. By Maria Birmingham. Illustrated by Ian Turner. Published by Owl Kids.

Eyes & Spies: How You’re Tracked and Why You Should Know. By Tanya Lloyd Kyi. Art by Belle Wuthrich. Published by Annick Press.

Fault Lines: Understanding the Power of Earthquakes. By Johanna Wagstaffe. Published by Orca Books.

Meatless? A Fresh Look at What You Eat. By Sarah Elton. Illustrated by Julie McLaughlin. Published by Owl Kids.

Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation. By Monique Gray Smith. Published by Orca Books.

The Sockeye Mother. By Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett David Huson) and Natasha Donovan. Published by Highwater Press.

The Wolves Return: A New Beginning for Yellowstone National Park. By Celia Godkin. Published by Pajama Press.

Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People. By Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger. Published by Annick Press.

Walrus. By Herve Paniaq. Illustrated by Ben Shannon. Published by Inhabit Media.

What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go? By Claire Eamer. Illustrated by Bambi Edlund. Published by Annick Press.


Information Book Award Jury: Vicki Donoghue, Sarah Fast, Meghan Ross, Natalie Schembri, Kate Tapping, Fiona Trotter and Michelle Yule. Chair: Danielle Wing

Roundtables voting deadline: October 31, 2018
Winner announcement: tbd November 2018
Presentation of award: tbd, January 2019
Further information/ voting submissions: infobookaward@gmail.com

Ballot form

Robert Heidbreder to speak at Serendipity

Robert Heidbreder was born on the wet, muddy banks of the  Mississippi River in 1947 and in 1970 he moved to the wet, misty skies of Vancouver B.C. to pursue his Master’s degree in Classical Languages.

In 1975 he became a Canadian citizen, and in the same year he completed his teaching degree at University of British Columbia. Soon after he started teaching primary children in Vancouver, he began writing because he wanted the children in his class introduced to a liveliness of language that matched their natural bounce, energy, imagination and playfulness.

His first book was Don’t Eat Spiders, published in 1985, and his newest books are Crocs at Work (2017), Song for a Summer Night (2016), and Rooster Summer, spring of 2018. His books have won and been nominated for many awards, including the BC Book Prize, The Chocolate Lily Award, The Blue Spruce Award and the Marilyn Baille Picture Book Award.

In 2002 he won the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2005 he retired from teaching after 30 years. Mr. H and His Unruly Puppets, a film by Annie O’Donoghue, celebrates Robert (“Mr H” to his grade one students) as he   transforms the Grade One curriculum into a year-long interactive drama, with a cast of over 50 puppets, led by the wise wizard Alphaterwa and the unruly Stanley C. Crow.  His passions as a poet and author are evident in a style of collaboration with young children that truly exemplifies the art of teaching.  His presentations to children in the schools and at festivals help keep the child within him alive, awake, laughing and rhyming away. In the past years he has given over 100 school and group presentations.

 

Tiffany Stone to speak at Serendipity 2018

There is still time to register for Serendipity 2018. If you’re a fan of poems and puns in children’s books, you won’t want to miss Serendipity 2018. Tiffany Stone, will be speaking! Warning, audience members may experience a lot of alliteration in one day.

Serendipity 2018: Beasts, birds, and words: The poetics of children’s books.

Tiffany will be speaking along with four Canadian artists/poets whose metaphors and images captivate and engage both the young and the young at heart. Join us to hear Isabelle ArsenaultRobert Heidbreder, Kyo Maclear, Tiffany Stone, and Frédéric Gauthier of Les Éditions de la Pastèque talk about their works, their inspiration, and the Canadian children’s book publishing space.

Mar. 3, 2018 | 8am to 3:30 pm | UBC Robson Square
Final ticket sales close February 28, 2018
Includes: Coffee, snacks, lunch, book sales, and book signing.

Click here to register online.

Tiffany Stone has been playing with words for as long as she can remember. She especially enjoys penning poems and puns and using a lot of alliteration. Besides being in books, her poems have appeared in Chirp magazine, on buses for Poetry in Transit and on a plaque at Kits Beach as part of the Reading Lights initiative. Tiffany lives in Maple Ridge with her family and a plethora of pets.

Frederic Gauthier to speak at Serendipity 2018

Born in Abitibi, Frédéric Gauthier studied film production at Concordia University in Montreal. While doing so he was working in a specialised bookstore aimed at graphic novels called La Mouette Rieuse. In 1998 he co-created La Pastèque with Martin Brault. Publishing books for nearly 20 years, La Pastèque has won many prestigious awards and some of their books are translated in over 20 different countries. They now publish graphic novels and picture books for kids, with a catalog of over 250 titles.

La Pastèque has been a hugely influential publisher of bandes dessinées (comic books, or literal translation, drawn strips). Gaining significant recognition in 2010, La Pastèque won the Joe Shuster Outstanding Comic Book Publisher Award. According to a Quill & Quire article, “Frédéric Gauthier believes the availability of international titles has encouraged young Montrealers’ dreams of pursuing artistic careers. ‘When young kids see European and French books and comic books, the possibilities seem that you can work in Quebec, or in the U.S., or in France,’ he says.” Read more about Gauthier, Isabelle Arsenault and the Montreal scene in Quill and Quire.

Kyo Maclear is speaking at Serendipity 2018!

Kyo is a self-professed spork — her father is British (a foreign correspondent and documentary filmmaker) and her mother is Japanese (a painter and art dealer).  She was born in London England, where she enjoyed a brief theatrical career in London’s West End. Little did she know when she appeared in The King and I that her one line — “I believe in snow” — would be prophetic. At age four, in the midst of a very snowy winter, she and her parents moved to Toronto.

Later Kyo attended university, where she did not study dentistry or architecture (much to the great vexation and sorrow of her parents), but instead pursued a degree in Art History. She followed this degree with another vexing degree in Cultural Studies (her poor parents). Alas, though she acquired several useful skills as a longtime student (e.g., pencil sharpening, binder organization and laundry folding), neither degree led to particularly enriching employment. This is just as well because there is nothing like being hungry and bored and underemployed to fire up one’s imagination. (Kyo is now back in the university stream.  In addition to working in her busy writing life, she is now a doctoral candidate at York University where she holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.)

Spork, the story of a mixed kitchen utensil, was Kyo’s debut book for children and her first work with Isabelle Arsenault. The book was originally conceived with her husband to celebrate the birth of their first child.

Thanks to Kidscan, for information used here  http://www.kidscanpress.com/creators/kyo-maclear/699

Kyo Maclear’s Writing for Children   

Spork, and Virginia Wolf  (both illus. Isabelle Arsenault); Mr. Flux ( illus. Matte Stephens);   Julia Child  (illus. Julie Morstad);  The Wish Tree (illus. Chris Turnham; The Specific Ocean (illus. Katty Maurey), The Good Little Book (illus. Marion Arbona),  The Liszts (illus. Júlia Sardà); Yak and Dove (illus Esmé Shapiro); The Fog (illus. Kenard Pak) and — two new books for 2018 — Flo (illus. Jay Fleck) and  Bloom: A  Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli (illus. Julie Morstad).  For publishing details, see Kyo’s website.

Kyo Maclear’s Writing for Adults

Kyo Maclear comes to the Vancouver Chldren’s Literature Roundtable to talk about her books for children, but members will also want to know a little bit about what she writes for adults. She is the author of two novels: The Letter Opener (2007), which was shortlisted for the 2007 Amazon Books in Canada First Novel Award), and Stray Love (2012).

Her 2017 nonfiction book, Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation, offers an account of a year-long, big city adventure chasing after birds, and along the way offers a luminous meditation on the nature of creativity and the quest for a good and meaningful life. The experience and memoir came from Maclear’s navigating the year following the discovery that her father had a brain aneurysm. Birds Art Life was a #1 National Bestseller and, as well, a finalist for the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Her website provides links to many reviews.  http://www.kyomaclear.com/

Her short fiction, essays and art criticism have been published in Brick, Border Crossings, The Millions, LitHub, The Volta, Prefix Photo, Canadian Art, Resilience, The Guardian, Uppercase, Quill and Quire, Shambhala Sun, Toronto Life, Azure, Brain Child, Saturday Night, The Globe and Mail, among other publications and anthologies.

Kyo lives and works in Toronto, on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat. She shares a home with two sons, two cats, and a singer.

 Click here to register

 

Isabelle Arsenault is speaking at Serendipity!

Isabelle Arsenault is an internationally renowned children’s book illustrator whose work has won many awards and much praise from critics. Her books include the graphic novels Jane, the Fox and Me and Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt, Spork and Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear, Once upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol, Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky (Bologna Ragazzi Award 2017) and Colette’s Lost Pet, which marks her debut as an author. She has won the prestigious Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature three times, and two of her picture books were named as New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. The poetry expressed through Isabelle Arsenault’s graphic universe, the gentle flow of her lines and the overall charm of her books have made her one of Quebec’s best-known and esteemed illustrators. For more about Isabelle and her work, see http://www.isabellearsenault.com/

isabellearsenault.com Artwork from Virginia Wolf.

Interview with Isabelle Arsenault, as GG Winner in 2012.

From the Walrus (Nov. 2012), here is a condensed form of Farida Hussain’s interview with Isabelle Arsenault, when her artwork for Virginia Wolf, with text by Kyo Maclear, won her the Governor General’s Literary Award, for children’s literature (illustration) in English.

In 2004, Arsenault  won a GG for Le Coeur de Monsieur Gauguin, with text by Marie-Danielle Croteau, her first children’s book in French. In 2013, she won the GG again, for Jane, the Fox and Me, by Fanny Britt.

Arsenault studied Graphic Design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She lives and works in Montreal.

https://thewalrus.ca/isabelle-arsenault/   [This interview is part of the Walrus’s Governor General’s Literary Awards interview series.]

Serendipity 2018
Beasts, birds, and words: The poetics of children’s books
with four Canadian artists/poets whose metaphors and images captivate and engage both the young and the young at heart. Join us to hear Isabelle ArsenaultRobert Heidbreder, Kyo Maclear, Tiffany Stone, and Frédéric Gauthier of Les Éditions de la Pastèque talk about their works, their inspiration, and the Canadian children’s book publishing space.
Mar. 3, 2018 | 8am to 3:30 pm | UBC Robson Square
Early bird rates end February 14, 2018 | Final ticket sales close February 28, 2018
Includes: Coffee, snacks, lunch, book sales, and book signing. Register here.

Celebrate Award-Winning BC Children’s Authors and Illustrators 2018

You Are Invited To A Celebration of Award-Winning BC Children’s Authors and Illustrators

With special guest Jan Thornhill winner of the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada 2017 Information Book Award for her book The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk.

Be prepared to mingle and chat with over 20 of BC’s best writers and authors, and to participate in our fun silent auction.

Attending children’s writers and authors include: Jan Thornhill, Linda Bailey, Norma Charles, Sarah Ellis, Claire Eamer, Lee Fodi, Kallie George, Robert Heidbreder, Debbie Hodge, Glen Huser, Gay Ludlow, Anita Miettunen, Lori Sherritt, Kathryn Shoemaker, Tiffany Stone, Irene N. Watts, Pam Withers, Kay Weisman, Janet Whyte, and maybe a few more.

When: January 16, 2018, 7 – 9 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Where: UBC Golf Club

What: Bubbly and appetizers | Silent Auction

Cost: Free to members and students.

Register now to confirm your seat and update your membership.

Announcing the 2017 Information Book Award Winner

Thank you to everyone who took the time and made the effort to participate in the voting process for the 2017 Information Book Award. The award will be presented at our celebration event on January 16, 2018.

Winner
The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk
By Jan Thornhill.
Published by Groundwood.

 

 

 

 

 

THE 2017 INFORMATION BOOK AWARD HONOUR BOOK:


Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival
By Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho
Art by Brian Deines.
Published by Pajama Press.

 

 

Announcing our 2017-18 events list

What’s the most magnificent thing you can do on October 14th?
Join us for our Annual VCLR Illustrator’s Breakfast featuring Ashley Spires
October 14, 2017 | University Golf Course | 8:00 am -12:00 pm
Early Bird Rates end September 15, 2017


A Celebration of our Award Winning BC Authors and Illustrators
January 16, 2018, 7 – 9 pm | University Golf Course | Bubbly and Snacks | Silent Auction

Free to members and students.


Serendipity 2018
Beasts, birds, and words: The poetics of children’s books
with four Canadian artists/poets whose metaphors and images captivate and engage both the young and the young at heart. Join us to hear Isabelle ArsenaultRobert Heidbreder, Kyo Maclear, Tiffany Stone, and Frédéric Gauthier of Les Éditions de la Pastèque talk about their works, their inspiration, and the Canadian children’s book publishing space.
Mar. 3, 2018 | 8am to 3:30 pm | UBC Robson Square
Early bird rates end February 14, 2018 | Final ticket sales close February 28, 2018
Includes: Coffee, snacks, lunch, book sales, and book signing.


Register online here or download a mail-in registration form here.

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.