Annual Illustrator’s Breakfast featuring Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins postcard

Steve Jenkins is the brilliant illustrator, designer, and author of information books on the natural world.

From the tiniest to the largest creatures, to renderings in real size and of what we cannot see under the skin, Jenkins illustrates creatures large and small using cut paper as his medium. Beetles, boas, bugs, bears, bones, teeth, eyes, ears, curious facts and amazing images—that’s what readers find in books created by Steve Jenkins.

October 15, 2016 | University Golf Course | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration starts at 8 am. Welcome remarks and breakfast start at 8:45 am. Your ticket price includes a delicious hot breakfast buffet (with vegetarian options), a talk by Steve Jenkins, book sales and silent auction. Mr. Jenkins will sign books at the end of the program.

Early Bird Rates end September 25, 2016

Members $55 | Non Members $70 | Students $35

Regular Rates September 16 to  to October 12, 2016
Members $65 | Non Members $80 | Students $40



2016 Information Book Award Shortlist

The jury for the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada’s Information Book Award is pleased to announce the 2016 Shortlist.

Voting, by members of the Children’s Literature Roundtables across Canada will begin shortly and continue through October 31, 2016.  The 2016 Information Book Award winner and honour titles will be announced in early November 2016, and the award will be presented January 17, 2017, in Vancouver.

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

2016 Information Book Award Shortlist

(Nine Notable Nonfiction titles published in 2015, listed alphabetically)

The Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics. By Edward Keenan. Illustrations by Julie McLaughlin. Published by Owlkids Books.

Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War. By Jessica Dee Humphreys and Michel Chikwanine.  Illustrations by Claudia Davila. Published by Kids Can Press.

Dinosaurs From Head to Tail. By Stacey Roderick.  Illustrations by Kwanchai Moriya. Published by Kids Can Press.

DNA Detective. By Tanya Lloyd Kyi. Illustrations by Lil Crump. Published by Annick Press.

Head Lice. By Elise Gravel. Published by Tundra Books.

Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City. Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale.  Published by Annick Press.

West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet. By Deborah Hodge. Illustrations by Karen Reczuch. Published by Groundwood.

What’s the Buzz? Keeping Bees in Flight.  By Merrie-Ellen Wilcox. Published by Orca Books.

The Wolf-Birds. By Willow Dawson. Published by Owl Kids.

Information Book Award Jury: Kirsten Andersen, Lois Brymer, Amara Charters, Sarah Isbister, Meghan Ross, Kelly Savage, Fiona Trotter, Jane Whittingham, Danielle Wing, Michelle Yule. Chair: Kay Weisman

Roundtables Voting Deadline: Monday October 31, 2016

Winner Announcement: November 2016

Presentation of the Award: Tuesday January 17, 2017 at the VCLR Celebrates Event

Further Information/Voting Submissions:

Carnegie and Kate Greenaway longlists for 2016

Carnegie medal 2016 longlist – in pictures

Discover the 2016 Carnegie medal longlist, which sees the late Terry Pratchett’s final novel up against books by fellow previous winners Sally Gardner, Patrick Ness and David Almond as well as Frances Hardinge’s recent Costa Book of the Year winner, The Lie Tree. The shortlist will be announced on 15 March and winner on 20 June

Kate Greenaway medal longlist 2016 – in pictures

Discover the 2016 Kate Greenaway medal longlist in which former winners Anthony Browne, Chris Riddell, Helen Oxenbury and Emily Gravett battle it out with newcomers for the prestigious illustration award. The shortlist will be announced on 15 March and winner on 20 June.

Don’t forget to register by Wednesday, March 2!

March is an outstanding month. It is the time of year when spring begins and winter ends. It is the only month with three consecutive consonants in its name in English. It is also the birth month of Dr Seuss! And, for those in the lower mainland, March is when we celebrate children’s literature at our annual Serendipity event.

Please join us!

Our Serendipity 2016: Home and Away speakers include the entertaining and talented M.T. AndersonMaggie de Vries, Sarah EllisGregory MaguireJean LittleCynthia Nugent and Kit Pearson. These wonderful writers and illustrator will be talking about their work, their experiences in the publishing industry, and what the children’s literature trope “home and away” means to them.

This year we are holding Serendipity in the UBC Robson Square auditorium on Saturday, March 5.

Our Gala evening is a celebration of the career achievements of Professor Judith Saltman. Judi has probably spoken to every living Canadian children’s author in the country. She is a walking cornucopia of information and facts about children’s literature, and her contribution to it as a librarian, academic, and author is phenomenal.

Let’s share a meal together, salute Judi with a toast, and be entertained by our wonderful speakers at the University Golf Club Friday March 4.

As always, a big thank you to those who have already registered for these two events–we are looking forward to seeing you there!

Register here.

Gala and Serendipity Early bird rates end February 15

If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to register for the Gala and for Serendipity 2016: Home and Away (with M.T. Anderson, Maggie DeVries, Sarah Ellis, Gregory Maguire, Jean Little, Cynthia Nugent and Kit Pearson.)

Click here to register online. If you prefer to pay by cheque you can download the form here.

Gala Celebration

Friday, March 4, 2016 | University Golf Course | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Join us for dinner as we celebrate the lifetime accomplishments of Judith Saltmanchildren’s librarian, University professor, chair of the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature program at UBC, academic author, children’s literature author, outspoken advocate of children’s literature, and dear friend to many.

Judi is retiring in May 2016. Our many entertaining Serendipity speakers will share their personal experiences as friends and peers of Judi throughout her long history of involvement with children’s literature. The evening will give you a unique opportunity to hear about Judi’s achievements (and escapades) and to meet many of North America’s acclaimed authors and illustrators as well as several of our Serendipity speakers.

Membership is NOT required for this event. All are welcome! To register by mail download the registration form here.

Serendipity 2016: Home and Away

Saturday, March 5, 2016 | Robson Square Auditorium | 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Our speakers for this year’s Serendipity event have been recognized by awards for literary excellence and by passionate readers for their integrity, creativity and commitment to the growth of imagination and conscience in childhood. They write fantasy and science fiction, historical and realistic fiction for all ages of childhood and young adulthood, and they share an imaginative exploration of a real address—a sense of home and identity, cultural, national, personal—whether these homes are constructed realities, historical periods, or the Canadian here and now.

This year’s speakers include M.T. AndersonMaggie de Vries, Sarah EllisGregory MaguireJean LittleCynthia Nugent and Kit Pearson.

Breakfast and lunch included. Register now to take advantage of the early bird rates.

Join us for a fun celebration of great BC children’s literature

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

A Celebration of BC’s Award-Winning Children’s Authors and Illustrators

With special guests Rachel Hartman and the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada 2015 Information Book Award winners Margriet Ruurs & Katherine Gibson*

When: January 27, 2016, 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.

*The winner of the Information Book Award was announced on at the Illustrators Breakfast with Marla Frazee on November 7 2015.

Judith Saltman Prize

RN4C4R6-300x199Judith Saltman is recognized internationally as an expert on Canadian children’s literature. She has influenced new generations of students over the past 32 years in her role as Professor within the School, as Chair of the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature (MACL) program, and developer and instructor for numerous courses in children’s literature and services to children and young adults. Her love for the field, her warmth and generosity, and knowledge of children’s literature has won the hearts of students who come to the School.

It is for these reasons and many more that we have established the Judith Saltman Prize to be awarded annually to a student studying in the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature program.

Click here for more information and to donate.


2015 Information Book Award Winner

The Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada are proud to announce . . .

The 2015 Information Book Award Winner

A Brush Full of ColourA Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison
By Margriet Ruurs & Katherine Gibson
Published by Pajama Press

Honour Book

Dreaming in Indian

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices
Edited By Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale
Published by Annick Press

Registration ends Thursday!

Frazee PosterJoin us for breakfast with Marla Frazee.

Marla Frazee was awarded a Caldecott Honor for All the World and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever. She is the author-illustrator of Roller Coaster, Walk On!, Santa Claus the World’s Number One Toy Expert, The Boss Baby, Boot & Shoe, and The Farmer and the Clown, as well as the illustrator of many other books including The Seven Silly Eaters, Stars, the NYT bestselling Clementine series, and God Got a Dog. Marla teaches at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, has three grown sons, and works in a small backyard cabin under an avocado tree. 

November 7, 2015 | University Golf Course | 8:00 am -12:00 pm

Early Bird Rates end October 16, 2015
Members $52 | Non Members $67 | Students $35
Elementary or Secondary school groups of 10 or more $30 per student. Email for details.

Regular Rates October 17 to November 4, 2015
Members $67 | Non Members $82 | Students $40

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.