Six reasons not to miss breakfast on February 23 . . .

jeffers-colour-screen. . . Breakfast with Oliver Jeffers, that is.

1. He’s an award winner! . . . He’s got at least 20 awards to his credit.

2. He’s interesting! . . . “An Irishman, he talks quietly but with an urgent intensity about his own work and that of other illustrators, about his passions and influences and about everything under the sun – from quantum mechanics, game theory and tidal waves to Chinese whispers, the ascent of man and the futility of human endeavour.” [Full article]

3. He’s got an accent! . . .

4. He’s talented and funny! . . .

5. You can draw like Oliver Jeffers! . . .

6. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

If you haven’t registered to attend the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable’s Breakfast with Oliver Jeffers in February, you should do so soon. Our early bird rates end January 31st.

Register here.

Where the Wild Things Are on stage Nov 8 – 18

Where the Wild Things Are, adapted for the stage by Kim Selody, starts tonight.

Just a reminder to all you Maurice Sendak enthusiasts–especially those of you who heard Leonard Marcus last month at UBC.  The renowned children’s literature critic and historian treated us to a lecture,   “‘Let the Wild Rumpus Start’: Maurice Sendak as Storyteller and Psychologist.”

Kim Selody has written and directed many plays for young audiences for companies like Axis Theatre, Green Thumb Theatre, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Carousel Theatre and Dynamo Theatre in Montreal.  For more about his work, see

(Some of you may have seen his adaptation of Lord of the Rings at Cap U a couple of years ago.)

Where the Wild Things Are Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver

Nov 8 – 18, 2012

Wondering what’s in store Friday October 19?

We are excited to present Dark Alchemy: Literary Brews Conjured Across the Curriculum with keynote speaker, acclaimed children’s author, Kenneth Oppel. CWILL BC authors and illustrators will conduct Speed Dating for Book Lovers talks over lunch. We also have a presentation on critical literacy using picture books as well as short book talks on the five books shortlisted for the Information Book Awards. In all it promises to be a fabulous morning. Click here for a copy of the program brochure.

If you are disappointed to have missed the chance to register for this Friday’s event check out our Events Page for more great presentations coming your way over the next few months

Vote for your favourite Information Book

Well it is that time of year again!  Time to vote for the Information Book Award Short List! The five titles nominated are all wonderful non-fiction books and very deserving of their nominations. If you haven’t already voted please take a few minutes and do so!  The deadline to vote is Monday November 5th.

There are three ways to vote:
1. Send your top 3 choices in an email to [email protected]
2. Fill out a ballot and email it. Note the ballot has been updated to a fillable pdf that you can easily email back to us.
3. Vote at our Kenneth Oppel event on October 19th after having heard a fabulous book talk on each of the 5 nominated titles.  There will be ballots there for you to fill out your selection.

Here is the 2012 short list:

Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afghanistan
By Rafal Gerszak with Dawn Hunter
Annick Press

Biomimicry: Inventions Inspired by Nature
By Dora Lee, Illustrations by Margot Thompson
Kids Can Press

Kamakwie: Finding Peace, Love, and Injustice in Sierra Leone
By Kathleen Martin
Red Deer Press

By Susan Vande Griek, Illustrated by Karen Reczuch
Groundwood Books

A Walk on the Tundra
By Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler, Illustrated by Qin Leng
Inhabit Media
Please email Samantha Fraenkel ([email protected]) with any questions or concerns!

Celebrate Science 2012

Turning Kids On To Science!

Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall

University of British Columbia

Saturday November 3, 2012  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

How do we inspire young minds to love science and math?  Join us for the third annual celebration of science in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and we’ll show you how.  Get first-hand accounts of turning personal passion for science into lifelong careers.  Discover interesting science books for young people. Be amazed by some simple hands-on science activities. Not only will you become aware of a wide array of science books and programs for youth, but you will learn some science yourself.

Did we mention the best part? This year the event is FREE!  For more details and registration, go to

The Art of the Picture Book: Exhibition and Auction

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is holding an art exhibit in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts called
The Art of the Picture Book.

Please go to to see the wonderful art that is being displayed in the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. It is amazing–makes you realize what talented illustrators we have in Canada.

These fabulous pieces of art will be available by auction on October16, 2012.  Even though we are far away and can’t attend, if you would like to bid on any of these works of art please be sure to contact Charlotte Teeple  — [email protected]
She will be able to bid for you.
All proceeds from the art auction will help support the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and its programs.


The Art of the Picture Book:

Exhibition of 80 Original Illustrations from Canadian Picture Books

Take Home an Original: live auction of 80 original illustrations

From Canadian Picture Books

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – October 16, 2012

To view illustrations: – Sept. 2012