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.

 

Illustrators Breakfast with Marla Frazee

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.

It’s time to renew your annual VCLR membership

We’ve got a blockbuster list of talented authors and illustrators presenting this year. Although we are stilling finalizing the details here’s what the lineup looks like so far:

November 7, 2015: The Annual VCLR Illustrator’s Breakfast with Marla Frazee
Saturday November 7, 2015 at the University Golf Club 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Includes breakfast. Book sales by KidsBooks. Silent auction.

November 2015: AuthorFest at UBC (speakers and date to be confirmed)
FREE

January 27, 2016: A Celebration of our Award Winning BC Authors and Illustrators
This event celebrates many of B.C.’s winners and finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the BC Book Prizes, the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, and several other important awards.
A wine and cheese event from 7 – 9 p.m. at Creekside Community Centre.
FREE to members and students.

March 4, 2016: Serendipity Gala Celebration  University Golf Course (6:30 pm to 9:30 pm). More details to come.

March 5, 2016: Serendipity 2016: Home and Away (Saturday, March 5, 2015)

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. Anderson, Maggie DeVries, Sarah Ellis, Gregory McGuire, Jean Little, Cynthia Nugent and Kit Pearson.

Robson Square Auditorium, (downtown Vancouver near the Art Gallery), 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., breakfast and lunch included. Register now to take advantage of the early bird rates.

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.

Reminder: Vote for your favourite Information Book

Have you got your summer reading list organized? Be sure to include the 2015 Information Book Award shortlisted books. Voting ends in October.

The Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada are pleased to announce the 2015 Information Book Award shortlist. We hope you will take the time to explore each of these distinguished titles and vote for the one you feel best exemplifies the award criteria of arousing interest, stimulating curiosity, capturing imagination, and fostering concern for the world around us. You may also want to consider accuracy, coverage, clarity of text and illustration, organization, format, sensitivity to gender and culture, and quality of back matter.
Please send your vote by email on or before October 31, 2015.

We are gradually uploading a trailer for each book. Please check this page for further updates. (Nonfiction published in 2014, listed alphabetically.)

Any Questions? By Marie-Louise Gay. Published by Groundwood Books.
A Brush Full of ColourA Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison. By Margriet Ruurs & Katherine Gibson. Published by Pajama Press.
Do YoKomodo Dragonsu Know Komodo Dragons? By Alain M. Bergeron, Michel Quintin, and Sampar. Illustrations by Sampar. Translated by Solange Messier. Published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

 

Dreaming in IndianDreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices. Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale. Published by Annick Press.

 

 

Not My Girl. By Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard. Published by Annick Press.

The Rat. By Elise Gravel. Published by Tundra Books.

ShapesShapes in Math, Science and Nature: Squares, Triangles and Circles. By Catherine Sheldrick Ross. Illustrated by Bill Slavin. Published by Kids Can Press.

 

 

Take ShelterTake Shelter: At Home Around the World. By Nikki Tate and Dani Tate-Stratton. Published by Orca Books.

 

 

 

tastes like musicTastes Like Music: 17 Quirks of the Brain and Body. By Maria Birmingham. Illustrated by Monika Melnychuk. Published by Owl Kids.

 

 

We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers. By Julie Flett. Published by Native Northwest.


Information Book Award Jury:
Camden Jenkins, Kerry-Ann Kerr, Ashley Killian, Deanna King, Alina Kosel, Molly Kumar, Mark MacKichan, Allison Mills, Zane Phillips, Dan Pon, Kelly Savage, Fiona Trotter, Danielle Wing.
Advisor: Judith Saltman
Chair: Kay Weisman


  • Voting Deadline: Saturday October 31, 2015
  • Winner Announcement: Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the VCLR Illustrator’s Breakfast
  • Award Presentation: Wednesday January 27 at the VCLR’s Celebrate Event: A Celebration of Award Winning BC Children’s Authors and Illustrators

For more information about voting and submissions please contact the Information Book Award Chair, Kay Weisman at weismankay@gmail.com

2015 Information Book Award Shortlist

The Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada announce the 2015 Information Book Award Shortlist

(Nonfiction published in 2014, listed alphabetically)

Any QuestionsAny Questions? By Marie-Louise Gay. Published by Groundwood Books.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Komodo DragonsDo You Know Komodo Dragons? By Alain M. Bergeron, Michel Quintin, and Sampar. Illustrations by Sampar. Translated by Solange Messier. Published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

 

 

Dreaming in IndianDreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices. Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale. Published by Annick Press.

 

 

Not My GirlNot My Girl. By Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard. Published by Annick Press.

 

 

The RatThe Rat. By Elise Gravel. Published by Tundra Books.

 

 

 

ShapesShapes in Math, Science and Nature: Squares, Triangles and Circles. By Catherine Sheldrick Ross. Illustrated by Bill Slavin. Published by Kids Can Press.

 

 

Take ShelterTake Shelter: At Home Around the World. By Nikki Tate and Dani Tate-Stratton. Published by Orca Books.

 

 

 

tastes like musicTastes Like Music: 17 Quirks of the Brain and Body. By Maria Birmingham. Illustrated by Monika Melnychuk. Published by Owl Kids.

 

 

We countWe All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers. By Julie Flett. Published by Native Northwest.

 

 


Information Book Award Jury:
Camden Jenkins, Kerry-Ann Kerr, Ashley Killian, Deanna King, Alina Kosel, Molly Kumar, Mark MacKichan, Allison Mills, Zane Phillips, Dan Pon, Kelly Savage, Fiona Trotter, Danielle Wing.
Advisor: Judith Saltman
Chair: Kay Weisman


  • Voting Deadline: Saturday October 31, 2015
  • Winner Announcement: Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the VCLR Illustrator’s Breakfast
  • Award Presentation: Wednesday January 27 at the VCLR’s Celebrate Event: A Celebration of Award Winning BC Children’s Authors and Illustrators

For more information about voting and submissions please contact the Information Book Award Chair, Kay Weisman at weismankay@gmail.com

In person: Jacqueline Woodson, May 8, 2015

JackieWoodson74810-web-only2014 National Book Award Winner for her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming. The author of more than two dozen books for young adults, middle graders and children. The recipient of many awards, she is a three-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, as well as a Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books include The Other Side, Each Kindness, Beneath A Meth Moon, the Caldecott Honor Book Coming On Home Soon, Feathers, and Miracle’s Boys, which received the LA Times Book Prize and was adapted into a miniseries directed by Spike Lee. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature. In 2013 she was the United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Ms. Woodson lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

May 8, 2015 | Robson Square Auditorium | 7:00 pm | $25 |

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