Welcome to IBBY Canada

hadleyWe are celebrating 30 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 30 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.

Notice of Meeting: IBBY Canada’s Annual Meeting of Members 2015

Another year has passed and it’s time once again for the IBBY Canada Annual Meeting of Members. Come out and join us for the morning of February 28th to meet the outgoing and incoming executive board, to catch up on what IBBY Canada has accomplished over the past year, to vote on upcoming changes and to learn about what we’re looking forward to in 2015!

We’d like to announce that Patricia Storms, IBBY Canada’s 2014 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence will be in attendance as our special guest! This will be a great opportunity meet her, to talk to her about her residency experience, to view some of her works and look forward to the next Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator!

Please note that, while all are welcome, in order to vote you have to be a current member in good standing. You can renew your membership at any time online. We will also be renewing membership in person at the Meeting with cash or cheque ONLY.

IBBY Canada’s 2015 Annual Meeting of Members

Where: Northern District Library, Room 200, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto
When: Saturday, February 28th from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Who: IBBY Executives, General Membership and any friends or colleagues who might be interested!

Agenda

9:30 a.m. Coffee and membership renewal
Display tables and sale of Cleaver cards
10:00 – Noon IBBY Canada Annual General Meeting
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Light Lunch

Click here for the full agenda.

Call for Nominations: Claude Aubry Award / Appel de candidature: Prix Claude Aubry

IBBY CANADA CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: CLAUDE AUBRY AWARD

The Canadian National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY Canada) is now inviting nominations for the 2014 Claude Aubry Award.

IBBY Canada presents two Aubry Awards biennially: one for distinguished service within the field of Canadian children’s literature in English, and one for distinguished service within the field of Canadian children’s literature in French. Eligible nominees include authors, publishers, illustrators, translators, designers, editors, librarians, booksellers, teachers, or any individuals who have made a significant contribution to Canadian children’s literature.

The deadline for 2014 Aubry Award nominations, which may be submitted in English or in French, is December 20, 2014.

Nominations should include a short biographical profile of the nominee, highlighting his or her contributions. Send nominations to Susane Duchesne, Aubry Award Chair, at aubry@ibby-canada.org. A jury, appointed by IBBY Canada, will select two Aubry Award winners to be announced at the annual Meeting of Members in March 2015.

ABOUT IBBY AND THE CLAUDE AUBRY AWARD

Claude Aubry, director of the Ottawa Public Library from 1953 until his retirement in 1979, was also an award-winning children’s book author and translator who travelled nationally and internationally to promote his own work and that of other Canadian authors. Aubry was named to the Order of Canada and made an officer of the Ordre International du Bien Public (France). To recognize his many achievements, IBBY Canada established the Claude Aubry Award in his honour in 1981. Previous recipients include Patsy Aldana, Marie-Louise Gay, Andrea Deakin, Chantal Vaillancourt, Dave Jenkinson, Charlotte Guérette, Peter Carver, Catherine Mitchell, Bertrand Gauthier, and Michael Solomon. For a complete list and biographical information about previous award winners, please visit our website at: http://www.ibby-canada.org/awards/claude-aubry-award/

IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org), was founded in 1953 to promote understanding and bridge cultures through children’s books. IBBY represents an international network of people in over 70 countries, committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada (www.ibby-canada.org) was founded in 1980, and promotes quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally.


IBBY CANADA APPEL DE CANDIDATURE POUR LE PRIX CLAUDE AUBRY 2014

La Section nationale d’IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Canada accepte maintenant les candidatures pour le prix Claude Aubry 2014.

IBBY Canada présente deux prix Aubry tous les deux ans: l’un pour services distingués dans le domaine de la littérature jeunesse canadienne en anglais, etl’autre pour services distingués dans le domaine de la littérature jeunesse canadienne en français.Les auteurs, éditeurs, illustrateurs, traducteurs, designers, bibliothécaires, libraires, enseignants, ou toute personne ayant apportéune contribution importante àla littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse sont admissibles.

Le 20 décembre 2014 est la date limite pour les nominations du prix Aubry qui peuvent être soumis en anglais ou en français.

Les candidatures doivent inclure un court profil biographique du candidat, en soulignant ses contributions. Faire parvenir les candidatures àSusane Duchesne, présidente du prix Aubry, à aubry@ibby-canada.org.

IBBY ET LE PRIX CLAUDE AUBRY

Claude Aubry, directeur de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa, de 1953 jusqu’à sa retraite en 1979, était également auteur delivres primés pour enfants et traducteur qui a voyagé à l’échelle nationale et internationale pour la promotion de son propre travail et celui des autres auteurs canadiens. Aubry a été nommé à l’Ordre du Canada et fait officier de l’Ordre International du Bien Public (France). Afin de reconnaître ses nombreuses réalisations, IBBY Canada a créé le Prix Claude Aubry en son honneur en 1981. Quelques lauréats précédents du prix Aubry: Patsy Aldana, Marie-Louise Gay, Andrea Deakin, Chantal Vaillancourt, Dave Jenkinson, Charlotte Guérette, Peter Carver, Catherine Mitchell, Bertrand Gauthier et Michael Solomon. Pour une liste complète des récipiendaires précédents et leurs biographies, consultez le site Web de IBBY Canada au http://www.ibby-canada.org/awards/claude-aubry-award/

IBBY, l’Union internationale pour les livres de jeunesse (www.ibby.org), a été fondée en 1953 pour promouvoir la compréhension et rapprocher les cultures à travers les livres pour enfants. IBBY représente un réseau international de personnes dans plus de 70 pays, qui cherchent à favoriser la rencontre des enfants et des livres. IBBY Canada (www.ibby-canada.org) a été fondé en 1980, et promeut la littérature jeunesse de qualité en français et en anglais à l’échelle nationale et internationale.

Call for Proposals: Frances E. Russell Grant / Appel de candidature pour la bourse Frances E. Russell

IBBY Canada Call for Proposals: Frances E. Russell Grant

The Canadian National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY Canada) is now accepting proposals for the 2014 Frances E. Russell Grant. The $1,000 grant is intended to support IBBY Canada’s mission “to initiate and encourage research in young people’s literature in all its forms” and is given in support of research for a publishable work (a book or a paper) on Canadian children’s literature.

The deadline for proposals, which may be submitted in English or in French, is December 15, 2014.

The grant supports scholarly work only; works of fiction are not eligible. The types of works that are eligible for the 2014 Frances E. Russell Grant include:

  1. Studies of individual authors and their work, especially if considered in their socio-historical context.
  2. Comparative studies of two or more authors, which illuminate their stylistic differences, or consider their social and historical approaches.
  3. Subject/Genre overviews, for example, children’s fantasy or historical fiction.
  4. Biographical studies of Canadian children’s authors or illustrators.
  5. Studies of Canadian children’s illustrators and their work.
  6. Related subjects including contemporary theoretical approaches to the study of Canadian children’s literature.

The following materials are required: a proposal, a curriculum vitae, a synopsis of methods and stages by which the applicant will pursue the research, and a summary of what the funds are to be used for. The competition is open to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Please send proposals as e-mail attachments to: Deirdre Baker, Frances E. Russell Grant Chair, at russell@ibby-canada.org.

Proposals can also be sent by mail to:

IBBY Canada
c/o The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Suite 217, 40 Orchard View Blvd.
Toronto, ON  M4R 1B9
Attention: Deirdre Baker, Frances E. Russell Grant Chair

A jury, appointed by IBBY Canada, will select the successful applicant by January 31, 2015.

ABOUT IBBY AND THE FRANCES E. RUSSELL GRANT

The Frances E. Russell Grant was established by the late Marjorie Russell in memory of her sister, a long time supporter of IBBY Canada. Past recipients include Bonnie Tulloch, Beverley Brenna, Paulette Rothbauer, Vivian Howard, Gail Edwards and Judith Saltman, Michelle Mulder, André Gagnon, Ronald Jobe, Carole Carpenter, Linda Granfield, and Françoise Lepage. For more information about the Frances E. Russell Grant, please visit the IBBY Canada website at www.ibby-canada.org or write to info@ibby-canada.org.

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) believes in the ability of children’s books to bridge cultures and, ultimately, to promote peace. Jella Lepman, founder of the International Youth Library, started IBBY in 1953 in postwar Germany. Her goal was to promote international understanding through children’s books. Established in 1980, IBBY Canada is one of more than seventy sections worldwide.


IBBY Canada Appel de candidature pour la bourse Frances E. Russell

La Section nationale canadienne de l’Union internationale pour les livres de jeunesse (IBBY Canada) accepte maintenant les soumissions pour la bourse Frances E. Russell 2014. La prix de 1000 $ est destiné à soutenir la mission d’IBBY Canada laquelle consiste à «susciter et encourager la recherche en littérature jeunesse sous toutes ses formes» et est remis pour un travail de recherche publiable (un livre ou un article) portant sur la littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse.

La date d’échéance pour la remise des soumissions qui peuvent être présentées en anglais ou en français, est le 15 décembre 2014.

La subvention s’adresse à des travaux d’expert seulement, les œuvres de fiction ne sont pas admissibles. Les types de travaux qui sont admissibles à la bourse Frances E. Russell 2014 comprennent :

  1. Étude sur un auteur et son oeuvre, particulièrement dans son contexte socio-historique.
  2. Étude comparative d’au moins deux auteurs, mettant en lumière leurs différences stylistiques, ou leurs approches sociales et historiques.
  3. Aperçu d’un sujet /genre par exemple, la fantasy ou la fiction historique.
  4. Des études biographiques d’auteurs ou d’illustrateurs canadiens de livres pour la jeunesse.
  5. Étude sur les illustrateurs canadiens et leur oeuvre.
  6. Sujets connexes, y compris les approches théoriques contemporaines d’études sur la littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse.

Les documents suivants sont exigés: une proposition, un curriculum vitae, un résumé des méthodes et des étapes par lesquelles la requérante poursuivra la recherche, et un résumé de l’utilisation des fonds. Le concours est ouvert aux citoyens canadiens ou immigrants reçus.

Faites parvenir vos propositions en pièces jointes à :

Deirdre Baker, Frances E. Russell Grant président, à russell@ibby-canada.org.

Les propositions peuvent aussi être envoyées par courrier à :

IBBY Canada
c/o The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Suite 217, 40 Orchard View blvd.
Toronto, ON M4R 1B9
Attention: Deirdre Baker, Frances E. Russell Grant président

Un jury, nommé par IBBY Canada, sélectionnera le candidat retenu d’ici le 31 janvier 2015.

IBBY ET LA BOURSE FRANCES E. RUSSELL

La bourse Frances E. Russell a été établi par feu Marjorie Russell en mémoire de sa sœur Frances qui a longtemps appuyé IBBY-Canada. Au cours des années précédentes, la bourse a été remis à Bonnie Tulloch, Beverley Brenna, Paulette Rothbauer, Vivian Howard, Gail Edwards et Judith Saltman, Michelle Mulder, André Gagnon, Ronald Jobe, Carole Carpenter, Linda Granfield et Françoise Lepage. Pour plus de renseignements sur IBBY et sur le prix Frances E. Russell, veuillez visiter le site Web d’IBBY Canada au www.ibby-canada.orgou écrivez à info@ibby-canada.org.

L’Union internationale pour les livres de jeunesse (IBBY) croit que les livres pour enfants peuvent rapprocher les cultures et, en bout de ligne, peuvent promouvoir la paix. Jella Lepman, fondatrice de la International Youth Library, a créé IBBY en 1953 dans l’Allemagne d’après-guerre. Son objectif était de promouvoir la compréhension internationale par le biais des livres pour enfants. Fondé en 1980, IBBY-Canada compte parmi plus de soixante-dix sections présentes partout dans le monde.

IBBY Workshop on Books for Young People with Disabilities at Toronto International Book Fair

IBBY Canada is very pleased to announce an important workshop at the Toronto International Book Fair that will include speakers from Switzerland and Norway.  The $25 registration fee for this workshop includes 3 days of admission to the Toronto International Book Fair.  Please pass this information along to your colleagues including educators and librarians, and those working with people with disabilities.

WORKSHOP: Reading Challenges and Options for Young People with Disabilities

DATE: Friday, November 14, 2014 (during the Toronto International Book Fair)

TIME: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

LOCATION:  Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building, downtown Toronto on Front Street

COST: $25 (includes 3 days of admission to the Toronto International Book Fair)

REGISTRATION: https://www.microspec.com/tix123/eTic.cfm?code=BOOKFAIR14

WORKSHOP SUMMARY

International and Canadian experts will discuss reading challenges and options for children and teens with disabilities, with examples from the IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities. This outstanding international collection, formerly in Norway and now housed at North York Central Library, encompasses 3,000 books in traditional formats and accessible formats including sign language, tactile, Braille, and Picture Communication Symbols.

WORKSHOP SPEAKERS

  • Heidi Cortner Boiesen, former director of the IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities in Norway
  • Sharon Moynes,  manager of readers’, youth and children’s services at North York Central Library
  • Liz Page, executive director of IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People, from Basel, Switzerland
  • Leigh Turina, lead librarian for the IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities at North York Central Library

ABOUT IBBY

IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org), founded in 1953, represents an international network of people committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada is one of over 70 national sections worldwide. IBBY Canada is a volunteer organization promoting quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit www.ibby-canada.org.

Children’s book creator Patricia Storms is Illustrator in Residence at Toronto Public Library

IBBY Canada program honours illustrator Joanne Fitzgerald

September 15, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IBBY Canada and the Toronto Public Library are pleased to announce that children’s book illustrator Patricia Storms is the 2014 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence. Patricia Storms’ residency will be at the Northern District Branch (Yonge & Eglinton) for the month of October. She will be hosting a series of workshops during the month.

Patricia Storms’ Illustrator in Residence schedule includes art activities for children’s class trips to the library, visits to high schools and colleges, and portfolio reviews with individual artists. The Northern District Branch art gallery will feature Patricia Storms’ and Joanne Fitzgerald’s concept sketches and original artwork.

The Illustrator in Residence Program is a collaboration between IBBY Canada and the family of Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), honouring the memory of the award-winning illustrator whose books include Plain Noodles, Emily’s House, and Doctor Kiss Says Yes.

“We launched the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program at the Toronto Public Library in 2013, and are delighted to be back at Northern District Branch forour second year,” said Shannon Babcock, president of IBBY Canada. “The program is becoming a key event in the children’s book community.”

“We’re proud to offer this program with IBBY Canada. This is an opportunity for people to experience something new at the library, to connect with local artists and create something memorable,” said Anne Bailey, Acting City Librarian. “We look forward to seeing some of the wonderful portfolios.”

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Patricia Storms has illustrated and written children’s books such as The Pirate and the Penguin and Never Let You Go. She also works as a cartoonist and illustrator for magazines, newspapers and humour books. www.patriciastorms.com

ABOUT IBBY CANADA: IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org), founded in 1953, is an 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. www.ibby-canada.org

ABOUT TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY: Toronto Public Library is one of the world’s busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what’s happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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

News about IBBY Libraries in Gaza

Liz Page, Executive Director of IBBY International, sent a notice to IBBY members Monday July 21st regarding the state of IBBY libraries in Gaza. As you know, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) was established shortly after the close of World War II. IBBY’s founder, Jella Lepman (a German Jew), believed that books could build bridges of understanding and peace between people. The children needed to know what all good readers know: you are not alone; others have experiences, feelings and needs just like you do, and there is a whole world out there you know nothing about.

For the past five years IBBY has been supporting two children’s libraries in Gaza through the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund.  One library is situated in the northern community of Beit Hanoun, the other is in the south in the town of Rafah. In 2013 an IBBY delegation of the Executive Director, President, IBBY Foundation President, and IBBY Palestine President, visited the two libraries and subsequently helped them to upgrade the services and collections with support from the Katherine Paterson Family Foundation as well as the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund.  See the IBBY website for a report of the visit and the project by IBBY Palestine.

The two IBBY library areas (Rafah and Beit Hanoun) are now military zones. The librarian in Beit Hanoun, Abla Hassan, sent a message to PBBY (IBBY Palestine) about the situation there before she was displaced a number of days ago. She says that the al-Ata’ community-based centre that hosts the library has been very badly damaged. The children’s courtyard has been destroyed as well as books, computers, windows and walls. Many local homes have been partially or completely destroyed as well. According to PBBY, there is no specific news about the library in al-Shawka – Rafah or about the situation of the children using the library and the library building. All families are displaced including the librarian Mahmoud.

In times of conflict, children on both sides suffer. IBBY’s mandate through the Children in Crisis Fund is to help where it can. The above news gives you an idea of the immediacy and importance of IBBY’s mandate around the world and how fragile the work of IBBY is.

One of Lepman’s beliefs, and we in IBBY Canada say this repeatedly, is that books are mirrors and windows. Through reading and books, people can come to know and understand each other. Making reading and books available to children and families everywhere is a crucial part of what IBBY does.

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, what better time to donate to IBBY’s Children in Crisis Fund.

Thank you.
Shannon Babcock and Theo Heras
IBBY Canada President and Vice-President
With information from IBBY International and IBBY Palestine