A Farewell and Thank You From One Chair to Another

I first met Lois Brymer at the 2010 VCLR Fall Breakfast.  I had just recently been approached about taking over the role of Chair of the Information Book Award for the Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables and I was eager to meet the woman who had been Chair of this unique award for the past four and a half year.  We discussed the history of the award and all the little details that go into making the Information Book Award so special.  I left the meeting feeling excited about the future and my new role within the Roundtable. I also felt a little apprehensive since I had also come to the realization that I had some pretty big shoes to fill.

Lois Brymer is a wonderful woman and a children’s literature enthusiast.  When I asked her what her favourite memories and moments from her time as Chair of the award, she had several things to say.  She loves the uniqueness of the award and how there isn’t a jury, panel, or committee who chooses the winner and the honour book; it all comes down to the members of the Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables from coast to coast who are ‘in the field’ and in the ‘know’ of what kids will read.

Lois also wanted to thank the various Roundtables for participating so enthusiastically in the voting process and submitting their votes on time.  In her own words, “We are so lucky in Canada to have such a plethora of talented authors and illustrators who are supported by publishers who believe in their creativity.  I think the Rountables can be proud that we have this award that salutes non-fiction which nurtures, encourages, and entices reading among young people.”

On behalf of the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable, I would like to thank Lois Brymer for all her time, energy, and effort that she has put into the Information Book Award.  Lois has done a spectacular job and will be greatly missed!  On a personal note, I would like to thank Lois for being a great mentor in bringing me up to speed on all the bits and pieces of this unique award and for being so supportive.

Samantha Pearson

Information Book Award Chair

Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable