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.


The Gift of Giving

Please consider donating to the Ronald Jobe Children’s Literature Scholarship this year.

This award is given to a student in the Master of Arts Program in Children’s Literature (SLAIS) and is based on academic achievement in courses in literature for children and young adults, as well as contributions to the authorship, scholarship, promotion and dissemination of literature to children.

If you would like to make a donation to support the Ronald Jobe Children’s Literature Scholarship, you may make your gift online at www.startanevolution.ca/ronaldjobe, by calling 604.827.4111 (toll free 1.877.717.4483) or by mailing a cheque to: Annual Giving, 500-5950 University Blvd, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3.

Read more about the Ronald Jobe Scholarship winners, their thesis titles, and what they are doing in late 2013.

The Gift of Serendipity

Serendipity 2014 AnnouncementStuck for a gift idea? How about a ticket to Serendipity: Children’s Literature in a Digital Age.

Saturday, March 8 2014 | UBC Education Building | 8am-4pm (lunch is included).

From practical advice on using literature-based apps with children to learning how authors and illustrators are using social media and electronic publishing, Serendipity 2014 is a must-attend event for educators, librarians, researchers and literature lovers looking to the future of books for young people.

We have invited presenters that are not only at the forefront of the rapidly-evolving world of technology and children’s books, but are also dynamic, engaging and will leave you inspired and full of ideas:

  • Paul Zelinsky (@paulozelinsky): Caldecott-winning illustrator of over two dozen books
  • Arthur Slade (@arthurslade): Governor-general’s award-winning author
  • John Schumacher (@MrSchuReads): Library Journal Mover and Shaker, elementary school teacher-librarian, blogger, 2014 Newbery Committee member
  • Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes): School Library Journal blogger, elementary school teacher-librarian, 2014 Caldecott Committee member
  • Tim Federle (@TimFederle): Author of Tequlia Mockingbird, Better Nate Than Ever and the forthcoming sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate! (January 2014)

Our last Roundtable event sold out and we anticipate this one will too.
Space is limited so register today!

Held at UBC in the Scarfe building. Saturday March 8, 2013.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION until January 31, 2014: Members $150, Non-Members $165, Students $75

REGULAR REGISTRATION starts February 1, 2014: Members $200, Non-Members $215, Students $100

Event Notice: Kenneth Oppel presents at Dark Alchemy Oct 19

Dark Alchemy: Literary Brews Conjured Across the Curriculum

With Kenneth Oppel, Keynote Speaker

 & featuring CWILL BC presenters

Friday October 19, 2012   8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Oakridge Centre Auditorium

(at 41st & Cambie, Vancouver with easy access by bus or Canada line or car)

Brought to you by the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable 

Registration includes a lot of fun and a delicious boxed lunch.

Our Keynote Speaker is award-winning, best-selling author Kenneth Oppel, among whose 17 books and adaptations are the renowned Silverwing trilogy, Airborn series, and most recently his Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein books. The first of these gothic thrillers was This Dark Endeavor. The second, Such Wicked Intent (Book Two), has just been published.Through his own books, Kenneth Oppel will be reminding us of the enduring appeal of Frankenstein, the novel, the character, works these have inspired, and their unique literary alchemy.

Following the keynote, learn from Lindsay Bromley and Alexis Birner about current research on using picturebooks in the classroom to promote critical literacy. And hear stellar VCLR book talkers give short, snappy accounts of the five “contenders” for this year’s Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Awards.

Plus we’ve reinvented speed dating . . . for book lovers!

Lunch will be enlivened by presenters from Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC) who will move from table to table, talking about their 2012 books with you and your tablemates for about 3 minutes each. Yes, it’s speed dating…you will fall in love with a book, of course!

Book sales by Kidsbooks, and book signings by Kenneth Oppel and our CWILL BC presenters.

So, jump on that early bird! Register now! Good times for the mind and spirit, and a delicious boxed lunch, too.

Rob Bittner receives Ronald Jobe Children’s Literature Scholarship

Robert Bittner is the 2011 recipient of the Ronald Jobe Children’s Literature Scholarship in UBC’s Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program.

A first class student in the MACL Program, Rob received a BA in English from Simon Fraser University and intends to pursue a PhD in the area of children’s literature following his Master’s degree. His research interests are in gender and queer theory in children’s/YA literature. Just last month, he defended his MACL thesis – “Queering Christianity: The Journey from Rigid Doctrine to Personal Theologies in a Selection of YA Literature with LGBTQ Content.”

Rob has been active in volunteering with children’s literature conferences and committees, including the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable and the UBC Graduate Student Children’s Literature Research Conference (Co-chair, May 2012). He is on the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Awards Committee and was co-convenor of the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association’s Student Interest Research Group. He reviews for CM: Canadian Review of Materials, and the Keen Readers website. Continue reading

2010 Scholarship Winner

Congratulations Kay Weisman! The 2010 Ronald Jobe Scholarship in Children’s Literature for student achievement in the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program was presented to Kay Weisman by Professor Emeritus Ronald Job at the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable Breakfast on Saturday, October 16, 2010.