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 [email protected]

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite information book!

Just a reminder that October 31 is the deadline to submit your votes for the 2014 Information Book Award. Please email your completed ballot to Kay Weisman (contact details are on the ballot).

Video Trailers of the five 2014 Information Book Award Finalists:
These outstanding video shorts, produced by UBC Students, were previewed at our Fall Illustrator’s Breakfast with Marie-Louise Gay.

Click here to learn more about the Information Book Award.

Announcing the 2014 Information Book Award Finalists

The five finalists for the 2014 Information Book Award are:

Before the world was readyBefore the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science

by Claire Eamer. Annick Press, 978-1-55451-535-6



CoverFollow Your Money

by Kevin Sylvester and Michael Hlinka. Annick Press, 978-1-55451-480-9



Looks Like Daylight

Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids

by Deborah Ellis. Groundwood Books, 978-1-55498-120-5



Pay It ForwardPay It Forward Kids: Small Acts, Big Change

by Nancy Runstedler. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 978-1-55455-301-3



Pedal ItPedal It! How Bicycles are Changing the World

by Michelle Mulder. Orca Book Publishers, 978-1-45980219-3



Thank you to all the Roundtables that participated in the first round of voting to select the finalists. Special thanks to outgoing Information Book Award Chair Samantha Fraenkel who handled the duties up to this point.

Voting will take place between now and October 31, 2014. The winner and honour book will be announced the evening of November 17, 2014 in Vancouver.

The VCLR community is urged to submit votes for their favourite title to Kay Weisman. You can email the name of your favourite book directly or download and email this fillable PDF ballot form (note that the form fill feature works best if you save then open the file in Adobe Reader and not in your browser). Ballots will also be available at the Fall Breakfast on October 18th.

Read more . . .

Information Book Award Winner Announced

Congratulations to Hadley Dyer, this year’s winner of the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book award for her book Potatoes on Rooftops: Farming in the City.

The award was announced at the members-only Library After Dark event on Friday November 29. Previous Information Book Award winner (2011) Tanya Kyi’s entertaining talk about economics, tiger dads and whether or not to encourage her child to be a writer put a humorous spin on the very important role non-fiction writing plays in a world where censorship continues to thrive.

Members visited over wine, cheese, and mulled cider. And, many lucky ticket holders left the event with door prizes in tow.

We are pleased to have held this event for our members, the wonderful people whose support of the VCLR enables us to attract the talented authors and illustrators producing contemporary children’s materials.

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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.

2012 Information Book Award Preliminary List

The Information Book Award preliminary list has been compiled. This year before asking Roundtable Members to vote we are passing the list through a committee who will come up with a shorter list for your review. We hope this will make the process of reading and voting on the books more manageable.

For more about the Information Book Awards click here

To down load a copy of the Preliminary List click here