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.

Illustrator in Residence Program in October 2016: Info for Edmonton Schools

logo JFIRIBBY Canada and Edmonton Public Library will host a children’s book illustrator at the Stanley A. Milner Library for the annual Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program (JFIR) for the entire month of October 2016.

This unique, educationally engaging and free program has run successfully for three years in Toronto and this October will mark the first time the program takes place in another city—an exciting opportunity for Edmontonians.

Submissions from illustrators across Canada are currently being evaluated by a jury who will select the Illustrator in Residence for the 2016 program in Edmonton by the end of June.

As part of the JFIR program, we will be inviting classes of students in grade 2 – 6 to come to the library for scheduled 90-minute workshops with presentations and hands-on art activities with the selected illustrator.

The illustrator will be available to visit junior or senior high schools and colleges to make a variety of presentations to art students.

The illustrator will also host adult programming at the library, and provide one-on-one portfolio reviews, 30 minutes by appointment.

All JFIR programs are FREE, as the illustrator and other program costs are covered by the support of the Joanne Fitzgerald family who initiated the program with IBBY Canada, and by Edmonton Public Library.

If you are interesting in booking your classes, please watch out for the information on the selected illustrator, program descriptions, dates, times and booking information that will be sent in late August.

Any questions please contact alberta@ibby-canada.org

Merle Harris
Regional Councillor Alberta

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.

Silent Books: Final Destination Lampedusa – Terryberry Branch

Cliquez ici pour télécharger le catalogue de l'exposition des lives sans paroles d'IBBY.

Thursday, April 14
6:00-7:00 pm
Terryberry Branch, 100 Mohawk Rd West – Children’s Department

Join us to wish the IBBY Silent Books exhibit bon voyage as it leaves Canada and heads for Basel, Switzerland. Enjoy an enchanting talk with Mariella Bertelli, of IBBY Canada (International Board of Books for Young People), as she speaks about the history of the Lampedusa library, her personal experiences travelling to Lampedusa to support the Library project and how wordless picture books can be enjoyed by all, regardless of language.

The exhibit is open for viewing in Hamilton from March 21 – April 14, 2016

  • March 21 – April 1: Central Library Children’s Department , 55 York Blvd, Hamilton
  • April 4 – 8: Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Education Centre, 20 Education Court
  • April 9 – 14: Hamilton Public Library, Terryberry Branch, 100 Mohawk Road West

Accompanying the exhibit are two activities for children of any age – Write a Postcard (to the children of Lampedusa) Activity is available during open hours for the duration of the exhibit.

This international traveling exhibit features over 100 of the most notable wordless picture books in the world, and is part of the children’s library that has been created by IBBY Italia for Lampedusa, Italy. The Lampedusa library is to serve the local families and many refugee children– arriving from Africa and the Middle East.

Sponsored by Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto.

IBBY Silent Books Exhibit: Hamilton Public Library, March 21- April 14

Cliquez ici pour télécharger le catalogue de l'exposition des lives sans paroles d'IBBY.

Please join us for the IBBY SILENT BOOK EXHIBIT: a celebration of wordless picture books from around the world and the right of every child to become a reader. The exhibit will be open from March 21 to April 14 at Hamilton Public Library.

Please also join us for a Welcoming Ceremony on Wednesday, March 30:

  • 6:00 – 6:30 pm: Welcome and Acknowledgements
  • 6:30 – 7:00 pm: Mariella Bertelli, IBBY Canada (International Board of Books for Young People), speaks on the history of the Lampedusa library and how wordless picture books can be enjoyed by all, regardless of language. Central Library – Living Room.

The exhibit is open for viewing in Hamilton from March 21 – April 14, 2016, with the following schedule:

  • March 21 – April 1: Central Library Children’s Department , 55 York Blvd, Hamilton
  • April 4 – 8: Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Education Centre, 20 Education Court
  • April 9 – 14: Hamilton Public Library, Terryberry Branch, 100 Mohawk Road West

Accompanying the exhibit are two activities for children of any age – Write a Postcard (to the children of Lampedusa) and Create your own Silent Book (make and take your own silent book using the supplies provided). Activities are available during open hours for the duration of the exhibit.

This international traveling exhibit features over 100 of the most notable wordless picture books in the world, and is part of the children’s library that is been created by IBBY Italia for Lampedusa, Italy. The Lampedusa library is to serve the many refugee children – and local families – arriving from Africa and the Middle East.

Sponsored by Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto.

Sidewalk Flowers illustrated by Sydney Smith winner of Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award / Sydney Smith, illustrateur du livre Sidewalk Flowers, gagne le prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver

Groundwood Logos SpineMarch 2, 2016 / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

IBBY Canada (International Board on Books for Young People, Canadian section) is pleased to announce that Sidewalk Flowers, illustrated by Sydney Smith, is the winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. The book is published by Groundwood Books and written by JonArno Lawson.

Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia, and has been drawing since an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated many children’s books. He now lives in Toronto and works in a shared studio space in Chinatown and goes to the library or the Art Gallery of Ontario on his breaks.

The jury for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award was comprised of Theo Heras (Toronto), children’s librarian and author (jury chair); Allison Taylor McBryde (Vancouver), adjunct professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia and retired children’s librarian; and Lyne Rajotte (Montreal), school librarian and board member for the Corporation of Professional Librarians of Quebec. In selecting Sidewalk Flowers, the jurors commented:

A wordless book, Sidewalk Flowers is a little miracle. Sydney Smith deftly uses ink and watercolour to construct a clever and meaningful visual narrative. A little girl and her father walk together in a city. While her father is busy on his cell phone, the girl gathers and then gives away the urban wildflowers that grow along their way. Pages with multiple illustration panels alternate with full-page and double-page spreads. Perspectives shift from overhead views to long-shots to close-ups. The girl’s red jacket is a consistent bright note in colour palettes that range from gray to multi-hued. Sidewalk Flowers is a brilliant and evocative book.

The jury also selected three Honour Books that were considered for the Award:

  • L’arbragan, written and illustrated by Jacques Goldstyn (La Pastèque, 2015). The cartoon-style illustrations are detailed, soft, subtle, expressive, sensitive, and possess humour and dramatic energy.
  • Orca Chief, illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers and co-written with Robert Budd (Harbour Publishing, 2015).  The painterly illustrations combine traditional and modern styles. Look carefully for the holographic images that appear, adding depth and mystery to the storytelling.
  • That Squeak, illustrated by Francois Thisdale and written by Carolyn Beck (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015). Layered multi-media illustrations are both ethereal and realistic, capturing the beauty of nature, the gritty feel of a small town, emotional turmoil, and ultimately the hope that springs from a new friendship.

IBBY Canada’s Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, established in 1985, honours one of Canada’s pre-eminent book illustrators. Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver left funds in her will to annually recognize outstanding artistic talent in Canadian picture books; the winner receives $1,000.

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 (www.ibby-canada.org), founded in 1980, is a volunteer organization promoting 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


Sydney Smith, illustrateur du livre Sidewalk Flowers, gagne le prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver

2 mars 2016 / POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE

IBBY Canada (International Board on Books for Young people, section canadienne) est heureuse d’annoncer que Sydney Smith, illustrateur du livre Sidewalk Flowers, est le récipiendaire du prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver 2015. Ce livre est publié chez Groundwood Books et l’auteur est JonArno Lawson.

L’illustrateur Sydney Smith est né à la campagne en Nouvelle-Écosse et dessine depuis un très jeune âge. Depuis la fin de ses études à la Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD University), Sydney Smith a illustré de nombreux livres pour enfants. Il habite la ville de Toronto dans le Chinatown et il fréquente la bibliothèque et le Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario dans ses temps libres.

Le prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver reconnaît le talent remarquable d’un illustrateur canadien. Le jury 2015 était composé de trois membres : Theo Heras (Toronto), bibliothécaire jeunesse et auteure (présidente du jury), Allison Taylor-McBryde (Vancouver), professeure auxiliaire à l’École de bibliothéconomie, archives et sciences de l’information de l’Université de Colombie-Britannique et bibliothécaire jeunesse retraitée et Lyne Rajotte (Montréal), bibliothécaire scolaire à la Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles (CSSMI) et membre du conseil d’administration de la Corporation des bibliothécaires professionnels du Québec (CBPQ). En sélectionnant Sidewalk Flowers, les membres du jury ont commenté ainsi :

L’album sans-texte Sidewalk Flowers est un vrai petit miracle. Sydney Smith utilise adroitement l’encre et l’aquarelle pour construire un récit visuel signifiant et intelligent. Un père et sa toute petite marchent dans la ville. Pendant que le papa prend un appel sur son téléphone cellulaire, la petite fille cueille toutes les petites fleurs qui réussissent à pousser dans les interstices du béton pour ensuite les partager au gré de ses rencontres : un oiseau mort, dans le soulier d’un sans-abri, au collier d’un chien, etc. L’album est construit à partir d’un mélange rythmé d’illustrations en petites vignettes, en pleines pages et en doubles pages. La perspective change constamment, le lecteur se promène entreles vues aériennes, les plans larges et les plans rapprochés. L’histoire débute avec comme seule couleur dans la grisaille de la ville, lemanteau rouge de la petite fille et, au fur et à mesure que le bonheur est semé, les couleurs se diversifient et habitent pleinement l’illustration. Sidewalk Flowers est un livre brillant et évocateur.

Le jury a également sélectionné trois livres méritant une mention d’honneur :

  • L’arbragan, illustré et écrit par Jacques Goldstyn (La Pastèque, 2015). Les illustrations de style bande dessinée sont douces, subtiles, expressives, humoristiques et dégagent beaucoup d’énergie.
  • Orca Chief, illustré par Roy Henry Vickers et co-écrit avec Robert Budd (Harbour Publishing, 2015). Les illustrations combinent un style moderne et un style traditionnel. Les images holographiques ajoutent de la profondeur et du mystère à la narration.
  • That Squeak, illustré par François Thisdale et écrit par Carolyn Beck (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015). Les illustrations sont créées à partir de techniques traditionnelles combinées à l’imagerie numérique. Elles sont à la fois éthérées et réalistes. Thisdale illustre bien la beauté de la nature, les troubles émotionnels et l’espoir d’une nouvelle amitié.

Le prix IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver, créé en 1985,  vise à reconnaître le talent artistique exceptionnel d’un illustrateur canadien d’un livre pour enfants publié en anglais ou en français. Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver a laissépar testament des fonds pour la remise annuelle d’un prix visant à reconnaître les qualités artistiques d’un ouvrage illustré pour la jeunesse au Canada. Le gagnant reçoit 1000 $.

IBBY: L’Union internationale pour les livres de jeunesse (www.ibby.org) a été créée en 1953.Il s’agit d’un réseau international de plus de 70 sections nationales qui souhaite que les enfants aient accès aux livres. IBBY veut aussi rapprocher les cultures, favoriser la compréhension internationale et également promouvoir la paix. Fondé en 1980, IBBY Canada est une association à but non lucratif qui fait la promotion de la littérature canadienne en français et en anglais, sur le plan national et international.

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter:

Helena Aalto
Agent de promotion, IBBY Canada
promotions@ibby-canada.org