Welcome to IBBY Canada

hadleyWe are celebrating over 35 years of helping children around the world through access to books and literacy programs and supporting the Canadian authors, artists, storytellers, organizations, and scholars who have all contributed to producing quality children’s books.

IBBY Canada is one of more than 70 National Sections of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), a non-profit organization that was founded in the wake of World War II by Jella Lepman. This remarkable woman believed in the power of children’s books to bridge cultures and, ultimately, to promote peace.

Please join us in our efforts to help children in Canada and around the world connect with quality children’s books. Click here to learn more about IBBY Canada.

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Depuis 35 ans, IBBY vient en aide aux enfants du monde grâce à des programmes d’accès aux livres et d’alphabétisation, et en soutenant les auteurs, artistes, conteurs, organisations et érudits canadiens qui contribuent à la réalisation de livres pour enfants de haute qualité.

IBBY Canada est l’une des plus de 70 sections nationales de l’Union Internationale pour les Livres de Jeunesse (IBBY), une organisation à but non lucratif fondée au lendemain de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale par Jella Lepman. Cette femme remarquable croyait au pouvoir des livres de jeunesse à rapprocher les cultures et, par conséquence, à promouvoir la paix.

Joignez-vous à nous pour soutenir l’accès à des livres de qualité pour les enfants du Canada et du monde entier.

Cleaver Art Raffle

IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that tickets are now available to purchase for the Cleaver Art Raffle. The raffle celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, which recognizes outstanding artistic talent in a Canadian picture book. In support of IBBY Canada, the raffle offers the unique opportunity to own a signed illustration from Isabelle Arsenault, a Cleaver Award–winning illustrator of children’s books.

1st PRIZE: original cover art from Once Upon a Northern Night(Groundwood Books, 2013), signed by Isabelle Arsenault

1st PRIZE: original cover art from Once Upon a Northern Night (Groundwood Books, 2013), signed by Isabelle Arsenault

2nd PRIZE: Giclée print from Virginia Wolf (Kids Can Press, 2012), signed by Isabelle Arsenault

2nd PRIZE: Giclée print from Virginia Wolf (Kids Can Press, 2012), signed by Isabelle Arsenault

Tickets are $25 CAD and can be purchased online through IBBY Canada’s website until November 30, 2016. The raffle is open to residents of Canada and the United States.

About IBBY Canada
IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Canada is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide children with access to books and literacy programs, introduce Canadian children’s literature to the world, and promote exceptional international children’s literature in Canada. This is done through our national awards and programs, nominations for prestigious international awards such as the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and partnerships with Canadian literacy organizations. For more information, please visit us online at www.ibby-canada.org.

For further information contact:

Katie Scott
IBBY Canada board member
newsletter@ibby-canada.org

EPL to host Illustrator in Residence program this fall

Artist and children’s book illustrator Dianna Bonder will be in Edmonton October 17 through November 10

For immediate release:

JFIR logoEDMONTON, AB, October 17, 2016 – Artists of all ages and abilities are in for a treat, as artist and children’s book illustrator Dianna Bonder is taking up residence at the Edmonton Public Library (EPL).

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Canada Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program launched at the Toronto Public Library in 2013 in memory of children’s illustrator Joanne Fitzgerald and, for the first time, is extending beyond that region.

“I know I’m not alone in being constantly curious, and therefore inspired to create stories through art and illustration,” said Bonder. “I’m thrilled to be joining EPL. It’s going to be a fun few weeks working alongside both accomplished and aspiring artists in Edmonton, helping them bring their dreams to life through their work.”

Bonder will host workshops for adults, art activities for children and students, and present to high school and post-secondary classes, as well as hold one-on-one portfolio reviews. Her original artwork will also be on display at the Stanley A. Milner Library from October 17 to November 10.

Bonder studied fine arts, illustration and design, and has worked as a commercial artist. After the success of her first book The Pacific Alphabet in 2001 other books followed, including Accidental Alphabet, Three Royal Tales, Digging Canadian Dinosaurs, Leon’s Song and Dogabet. Bonder is currently working on her 15th children’s book.

“EPL continues to champion both innovation and excellence when it comes to serving our customers, and we are delighted to be hosting the IBBY Canada 2016 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program,” said Pilar Martinez, CEO of EPL. “This is a fantastic chance for Edmontonians to take their love of art to the next level.”

The IBBY Canada Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program offers a published Canadian children’s book illustrator a month-long residency in a public library, honouring the memory of illustrator Joanne Fitzgerald (1956-2011), whose books include Plain Noodles, Emily’s House and the Governor General’s Literary Award-winner Doctor Kiss Says Yes.

The program is a joint project of IBBY Canada and EPL, with financial support from Fitzgerald’s family. Since its inception, more than 1,400 children, teens and adults have attended library workshops and programs. Previous Illustrators in Residence include Martha Newbigging (2013), Patricia Storms (2014) and John Martz (2015).

For more information, visit epl.ca/illustrator-in-residence. For more on Bonder and her work, visit diannabonder.com.

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About the Edmonton Public Library

The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) is proud to be 2014 Library of the Year! We’ve come a long way since 1913 when books were all you could find on our shelves… and we’re just getting started! Today, EPL carries everything you care about. We are Edmonton’s largest lender of all manner of information and entertainment.

Our professionally trained staff take you beyond Google with the knowledge, discernment and desire to help you navigate a universe of information. The second most visited place in Edmonton, every year EPL hosts over 14 million in-branch and online visits across our 20 branches and website. We deliver our incredible content to you everywhere – in the library, at home or on your handheld device. Unmatched access and unrivalled value – that is today’s EPL. EPL is a registered charity and relies on donations to enhance services. Spread the words. www.epl.ca/give

About the International Board on Books for Young People

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), founded in 1953, is a network of organizations in over 70 countries committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada promotes quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally.

For more information, contact

Heather McIntyre
Marketing Communications Specialist
Edmonton Public Library
780-496-7055
hmcintyre@epl.ca

Call for Submissions: 2016 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award

Publishers across Canada are invited to submit picture books for the annual Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award / Le Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour le meilleur livre d’images Canadien (the Cleaver Award).

The Cleaver Award is given annually in recognition of outstanding artistic talent in a Canadian picture book. The recipient receives a cheque for $1,000 dollars and a certificate. An award ceremony to celebrate the winner is held each year.

The Cleaver Award is administered by a committee of three members of the Canadian section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY Canada). The committee members for the 2016 award are: Allison Taylor-McBryde (Chair), Lyne Rajotte, and Camilia Kahrizi.

Please keep in mind these terms when submitting your book(s):

  1. The recipient of the Cleaver Award is a Canadian illustrator of a picture book published in Canada in English or French between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016.
  2. The book must be a first edition and contain original illustrations by a Canadian artist (either a citizen or permanent resident).
  3. All genres are considered: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and folk and fairy tales.
  4. If a book has been submitted in previous years, even if it was submitted in a different language, the book will not be eligible for consideration.
  5. There is a $20 fee for each title submitted to the Cleaver Award. A copy of each submitted title is mailed by the publisher to each of the three committee members. If you are submitting two titles for consideration, you will mail two copies to each of the three jury members and a cheque for $40 to IBBY Canada’s head office. The fee is non-refundable, even if your submission is determined to be ineligible, so please read the submission guidelines carefully. This fee will be used to offset administration costs as well as costs associated with the presentation of the award.
  6. Please send a cheque made out to “IBBY Canada” with “Cleaver Award fee” on the memo line to:

IBBY Canada c/o The Canadian Children‘s Book Centre
217-40 Orchard View Blvd.
Toronto, ON
M4R 1B9

The deadline for cheques to IBBY is December 1, 2016. Deadline for mailings to jurors is December 15, 2016.

Please contact Allison Taylor McBryde for the addresses of the committee members.

Children’s book creator Dianna Bonder is Illustrator in Residence at Stanley A. Milner Library in Edmonton (Oct. 17 to Nov. 10)

JFIR logoIBBY Canada program honours illustrator Joanne Fitzgerald

September 8, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IBBY Canada and the Edmonton Public Library are pleased to announce that children’s book creator Dianna Bonder is the 2016 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence.  Dianna Bonder’s residency will be at the Stanley A. Milner branch from October 17 to November 10.  The Illustrator in Residence program launched at the Toronto Public Library in 2013, and has become a key annual event in the children’s book community.

Dianna Bonder was born in Kamloops BC, and after studying fine arts, illustration and design in Toronto, she moved to Vancouver to work as a commercial artist. Tired of the hustle and tight deadlines of commercial art, Dianna evolved a unique style which found its way into children’s books. “For me, it’s simple…dreaming is believing,” she said. “If you can dream it… it can be.”

After the success of her first book The Pacific Alphabet in 2001, other books followed including Accidental Alphabet, Three Royal Tales, Digging Canadian Dinosaurs, Leon’s Song and Dogabet. Dianna now lives on Gabriola Island BC and is working on her 15th children’s book.

Dianna’s Illustrator in Residence schedule will include workshops for adults, art activities for children’s class trips to the library, presentations to art students in high schools and colleges, and portfolio reviews with individual artists. The library will also display her original artwork.

“The Edmonton Public Library continues to champion both innovation and excellence when it comes to serving our customers, and we are delighted to be hosting the 2016 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program,” said Pilar Martinez, CEO of the Edmonton Public Library. “This is a fantastic chance for Edmontonians of all ages and abilities to connect with Dianna Bonder and one another about art, and create and make within our community.”

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program offers a published Canadian children’s book illustrator a month-long residency in a public library, honouring the memory of illustrator Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), whose books include Plain Noodles, Emily’s House, and the Governor General’s Literary Award-winner Doctor Kiss Says Yes.  The program is a joint project of IBBY Canada, Toronto Public Library, Edmonton Public Library and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, with financial support from Joanne’s family. Previous Illustrators in Residence were Martha Newbigging (2013), Patricia Storms (2014) and John Martz (2015), all at the Toronto Public Library.

Every year, IBBY Canada invites children’s book illustrators to submit applications for the Illustrator in Residence program. The submissions are evaluated and the illustrator is selected by a jury made up of representatives from the host library and IBBY Canada, as well as the previous year’s Illustrator in Residence.

The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) is proud to be 2014 Library of the Year! We’ve come a long way since 1913 when books were all you could find on our shelves… and we’re just getting started! Today, EPL carries everything you care about. We are Edmonton’s largest lender of all manner of information and entertainment. Our professionally trained staff take you beyond Google with the knowledge, discernment and desire to help you navigate a universe of information. The second most visited place in Edmonton, every year EPL hosts over 14 million in-branch and online visits across our 20 branches and website. We deliver our incredible content to you everywhere – in the library, at home or on your handheld device. Unmatched access and unrivalled value – that is today’s EPL. EPL is a registered charity and relies on donations to enhance services. Spread the words.

IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org), founded in 1953, is a network of organizations in over 70 countries, committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada (www.ibby-canada.org) promotes quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally.

For more information, please contact:

Helena Aalto
Promotion Officer
IBBY Canada
promotions@ibby-canada.org

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Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program – Dianna Bonder at Edmonton Public Library

JFIR logoDianna Bonder was born in Kamloops, BC, and after studying fine arts, illustration and design in Toronto, she moved to Vancouver to work as a commercial artist. Tired of the hustle and tight deadlines of commercial art, Dianna evolved a unique style which found its way into children’s books. After the success of her first book The Pacific Alphabet in 2001, other books followed including Accidental Alphabet, Three Royal Tales, Digging Canadian Dinosaurs, Leon’s Song, Dogabet and her most recent ABSea: A Deepsea Symphony. Dianna now lives on Gabriola Island, BC and is working on her 15th children’s book.

The free art workshops for Grade 2 to Grade 6 by children’s book illustrator Dianna Bonder will be held in the main floor program room at the Stanley A. Milner Library.

UPDATE: The workshops are fully subscribed. Thank you for your interest and our apologies.

ONE-TO-ONE PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

High school art students and adults can schedule a one-to-one portfolio review with Dianna Bonder. Thirty minute reviews will be held at the Stanley A. Milner Library. First come first booked.

Thursday October 20
9:45 am-10:15 am, 11:15 am-11:45am

Monday October 24
5:30pm– 6:00pm,  6:15pm–6:45pm

Thursday October 27
9:00am–9:30am, 9:45 am–10:15am, 10:30am–11:00am, 11:15am–11:45am

Please provide your name, email and phone number, requested date and time plus a second choice to alberta@ibby-canada.org.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: IBBY Canada’s 2016 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program

Submission deadline Friday, May 13JFIR logo

IBBY Canada invites submissions from Canadian children’s book illustrators for the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. The program provides a jury-selected illustrator with a month-long residency for October 2016, to be hosted at the Stanley A. Milner Library in downtown Edmonton.

Submissions will be evaluated by a jury with expertise in children’s books and illustration. The submission deadline is Friday, May 13.

Overview of IBBY Canada’s 2016 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program:

  • Held at Stanley A. Milner Library in Edmonton from October 1 to 31, 2016
  • Illustrator plans and delivers programming which may include art activities for classes of children, presentations for adults, presentations at high schools and colleges, portfolio reviews, display of illustrator’s work in the library
  • Remuneration of $4,000 for the one-month term is provided to the illustrator
  • Travel, accommodation and meals are the responsibility of the illustrator. However, additional financial support for accommodation may be available through IBBY Canada
  • Additional reimbursement up to $300 for art supplies purchased for the program
  • Estimate of 35 hours per week including some weekend and evening commitments

Requirements for illustrators:

  • Has illustrated four or more professionally-published children’s books, with publication of a new book expected within the next few years
  • Experience in developing and delivering programs for adults, children and teens
  • Can promote their participation in the program on their website and through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn
  • Friendly and empathetic, with an understanding of the needs of aspiring artists
  • Preparatory sketches and finished work, mounted/framed for display in the library
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Applications must be a single pdf document (or a single Word document) that includes the following:

  1. CV that shows public presentation experience and a list of published books
  2. Two letters of reference about public presentation experience
  3. Well-considered ideas for programming for school classes, adults, and high school/college students (please see following Programming Examples).

Please send application by Friday, May 13, 2016 to promotions@ibby-canada.org.

 

Programming Examples

The illustrator will be expected to be able to offer the types of programming below, but once selected will also be encouraged to propose creative ideas and be open to suggestions for programming.

  1. School workshops for Grades 2 to 6 in the library

Local school classes make field trips to the library to participate in workshops during the residency. Workshops for school classes should include a hands-on art activity for the class, as well as a short presentation of the illustrator’s work using visuals such as PowerPoint.  The illustrator provides enough art supplies for all the kids to participate (costs will be reimbursed). At the end of the session, each child should have a finished piece of artwork to take with them (or a finished group project). Since each class visiting the library will have different kids and teachers, the workshops can be the same, with content modified for different ages as needed.  There will be up to 15 school workshops in total, held on two days each week with one class in the morning and another in the afternoon.  The workshops for school classes are 90 minutes, with under 30 kids per class. Teachers accompany and supervise each class.

  1. Adult presentations in the library

Adult presentations should include visuals such as PowerPoint, and focus on topics such as getting started as an illustrator, work opportunities for illustrators, promoting illustration work, building a portfolio, illustrating for publishers, and related topics. Hands-on art activities aren’t recommended for adult presentations. There will be approximately 4 or 5 hour-long adult presentations in total.

  1. Student presentations at high schools and colleges

High school presentations are held at the school or college, not in the library.  Presentations for these student audiences can be similar to those for adults.  Presentations in schools are about 45 to 60 minutes long, depending on the schedule.

 

About the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustration in Residence program

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program is a joint project of IBBY Canada, Toronto Public Library, Edmonton Public Library, and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. The program launched at the Toronto Public Library’s Northern District Branch, and was held there from 2013 to 2015. The program is funded by the family of Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), whose illustrated children’s books include Plain Noodles, Emily’s House, The Blue Hippopotamus, and Doctor Kiss Says Yes, winner of the Governor General’s Award.

IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) was founded in 1953 to bring books and children together; today there are IBBY sections in more than 75 countries around the world, including India, Japan, France, Uganda, Finland, and the United States. IBBY Canada, formed in 1980, promotes quality French and English language Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally.  For more information, please visit www.ibby-canada.org.