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.