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.

Two Special Events! One Afternoon!

The Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable Invites you to attend

The Opening of the IBBY Silent Books Exhibit brought to you by The International Board on Books for Young People AND Presentation of the IBBY Claude Aubry Award to Judith Saltman (at 1:20 pm)

Saturday, October 3, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
The Dodson Room, Floor 3, Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall, UBC Campus

If you can’t attend the reception, please note that the IBBY Silent Books Exhibit, which features wordless pictures books from around the world, will be on display in Vancouver during the month of October at three locations.:

  • Oct. 1 to 23   Irving Barber Learning Centre, UBC in Rare Books and Special Collections, M-F 10am-4pm
  • Oct. 8 to 18   Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 West Georgia St.
  • Oct. 10 to 22  Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan St.

You can also interact with these books at the IBBY Silent Books Workshop with Kathie Shoemaker on Tuesday, October 13th, 6-7:30 pm, Irving K. Barber Library, Dodson Room, Floor 3, UBC Campus.

For information about the Claude Aubry Award, and Judi as winner this year click here.

People around the world are deeply touched by the desperately dangerous circumstances for boatloads of refugees from Africa and the Middle East, with many arriving on the small island of Lampedusa, Italy. In response to the waves of refugees, IBBY Italia is working to establish the first children’s library in Lampedusa for the young migrants that arrive there every year, as well as for the local children and teens.

With such a diversity of cultures, it made sense to begin the Lampedusa library’s collection with wordless picture books—“silent books” that tell a story with pictures but no text. IBBY Italia gathered a selection of outstanding books from 23 countries, including Spain, the Netherlands, Korea, the UK, the US, and Canada.  These wordless picture books begin at the beginning, with the universal language of images and art, bypassing age, culture and language barriers, to offer readers a unique but shared reading experience.

In the true spirit of Jella Lepman who founded IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People), the library in Lampedusa is conceived to provide a place of peace, reflection, pause and hours of reading enjoyment. It is like a seed library that has been planted and that will grow into a complete collection of books for the use and pleasure of the children who live or pass by there.

To showcase the library, “Silent Books: Final Destination Lampedusa,” a travelling exhibit of more than 100 renowned wordless picture books, has been touring around the world. Following stops in cities in Italy, Mexico City and Graz, Austria, the exhibit is now in Canada, travelling to Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto.

Canadian children and adults will delight in reading these books, experiencing our uniqueness while celebrating our differences. Activities and events to promote and highlight the Silent Books exhibit will include a postcard that Canadian children can fill with a drawing or a message to send back to the children of Lampedusa. Sharing these books may bring us closer to the children who live in Lampedusa and to other children who travel until they find a safe place to call home.