Welcome to IBBY Canada

We 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.


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.

Call for Submissions: 2017 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 (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 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 IBBY Canada. The jury members for the 2017 award are Lyne Rajotte (chair), Camilia Kahrizi, and Carol-Ann Hoyte.


  1. The recipient of the Cleaver Award is a Canadian illustrator of a picture book published by a Canadian publisher in English or French between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017.
  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, the book will not be eligible for consideration. Translations are not eligible.

Submission information:

  1. A copy of each submitted title is mailed by the publisher to each of the three committee members. Please contact Lyne Rajotte for the addresses of the committee members.
  2. There is a $20 fee for each title submitted to the Cleaver Award. For example, if you are submitting two titles for consideration, you will mail one copy of each book 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.

Please send a cheque made payable 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

Please ensure that your submission fee arrives no later than December 1, 2017. Deadline for mailings to jurors is December 15, 2017.

100 Books for Children and Young People in Arabic

IBBY Europe has compiled a selection of 100 books for children and young people in Arabic from different countries in the Arab-speaking world. The list was originally in French and was collated by the Arab World Reading Committee of the journal Takam Tikou, which brings together professionals from different horizons: the French National Library, IBBY France, the Arab World Institute, libraries of the City of Paris, and more.

Organised by genre and in alphabetical order by title in English, this guide also includes a few translations into Arabic of books originally published in different languages, to encourage the building of bridges between languages and cultures.

The PDF of the version in English can be downloaded here. The pdf of the version in French can be downloaded here.

You’re Invited! Celebrate the 2017 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence

IBBY Canada and Toronto Public Library
invite you to celebrate the
Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program
and the 2017 illustrator


Monday, October 2, 2017
6:00 to 7:30 pm
Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch
40 Orchard View Blvd., Room 224 

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program is a joint project of IBBY Canada, 
Toronto Public Library, and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, with the support of The Young Family. IBBY Canada is the Canadian section of the International Board on Books for Young People.

Tundra Books Online Auction

As part of Tundra Books 50th anniversary celebrations, many of their illustrators decorated the back of Tundra50 tote bags with their original art. These one-of-a-kind works of art will be auctioned online until Fri. Jul. 28 at www.Tundra50.com.

Tundra is donating 100% of the proceeds to IBBY International (www.ibby.org), a non-profit organization founded in 1953 and representing a network of people in 70 countries, committed to bringing books and children together around the world.

More than 30 Tundra illustrators have contributed art to this initiative, including:

Genviève Côté
The Fan Brothers
Eugenie Fernandes (her art shown on right)
Julie Morstad
Dušan Petričič
Sydney Smith
Bill Slavin
Ashley Spires
Carey Sookocheff
Frank Viva
Mélanie Watt
Cybèle Young

Place your bids for some wonderful original art-on-a-tote!


Ashley Barron is IBBY Canada’s 2017 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence

June 22, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that Ashley Barron has been selected for the 2017 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program, at Northern District Branch of Toronto Public Library. During her residency in the month of October, Ashley will present art activities for school children at the library, lead evening workshops in the library for adults and teens, make presentations to art students in high schools and colleges, and offer portfolio reviews.

Ashley Barron is a multimedia artist who is best known for her cut-paper collage-style work. The children’s books she has illustrated include the Math in Nature series, Kyle Goes Alone and Up, all published by Owlkids, and her newest book is being published by Kids Can Press.  Ashley has also done illustration work for magazines, animations, advertising campaigns, and window displays. She grew up in Oshawa, Ontario, graduated from the OCAD University, and now lives in Toronto.

From applications received from illustrators across Canada, the 2017 Illustrator in Residence was selected by a jury comprised of Sheila Barry, Publisher, Groundwood Books (and president of IBBY Canada); Sarah Bradley, Library Service Manager, Toronto Public Library; and Meghan Howe, Library Coordinator, Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program offers a published children’s book illustrator a month-long residency in a Canadian public library. The program honours the life of Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), whose children’s books include Plain NoodlesEmily’s House, and Doctor Kiss Says Yes, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award.  The Program is a joint project of IBBY Canada, Toronto Public Library, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, and the Young family.

Toronto Public Library is the busiest urban public library system in the world. Last year, we had 18 million visits to our branches and 34 million virtual visits. We empower Torontonians to thrive in the digital age and global knowledge economy. With expanded access to technology, lifelong learning, and diverse cultural and leisure experiences, Torontonians have increased opportunities for growth and success, and stronger connections to each other and to their communities. To learn more, visit tpl.ca, call Answerline at 416-393-7131 or follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.

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 (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

Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr receives Russell Grant / Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr reçoit la bourse Frances E. Russell

Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr Credit Michelle Hulan

Photo credit: Michelle Hulan

IBBY Canada (Canadian section of the International Board on Books for Young People), is pleased to announce that Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr, a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, is the recipient of the Frances E. Russell Grant.

The $1,000 grant will be presented to Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr for support of her research on the effects of the sale of the Ryerson Press, the findings of the Ontario Royal Commission on Book Publishing, and the development of children’s literature in Canada in the early 1970s.  Ryerson Press was the first Canadian publisher, in its time publishing educational, professional and trade books. Its eventual sale to McGraw-Hill in 1970 caused an uproar in the Canadian publishing industry, with questions raised in the House of Commons, and a protest march in the streets of Toronto. A history of the press represents, to a great extent, the history of Canadian publishing.

Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr is a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, where she received her PhD in English/Canadian Studies in 2014. She also runs her own writing, editing, and translation business. Ruth has worked in Canadian publishing for more than 25 years, in editorial and production for a range of literary and academic presses, as well as in marketing for several children’s publishers.

The jury for the Russell Grant consisted of Jo-Anne Naslund (instructional programs librarian at University of British Columbia), Benjamin Lefebvre (assistant professor at Ryerson University) and jury chair Deirdre Baker (assistant professor at University of Toronto, Toronto Star children’s books reviewer, and author).

The Frances E. Russell Grant was established in memory of a longtime supporter of IBBY Canada. The $1,000 grant is intended “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. Past winners include Erin Spring, Bonnie Tulloch, Beverley Brenna, Paulette Rothbauer, Gail Edwards and Judith Saltman, Michelle Mulder, Michelle Cobban, André Gagnon, Ronald Jobe, Carole Carpenter, Linda Granfield and Françoise Lepage.

IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People was founded in 1953, and represents an international network of people committed to bringing books and children together (www.ibby.org). There are more than 75 national IBBY organizations in countries around the world.  IBBY Canada, founded in 1980, is a volunteer organization promoting quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally (www.ibby-canada.org).

For more information, please contact:

Helena Aalto
Promotions Officer, IBBY Canada

Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr (Université d’Ottawa) reçoit la bourse Frances E. Russell d’IBBY Canada pour la recherche sur la littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse

IBBY Canada (la section nationale canadienne d’IBBY- Union internationale du livre pour la jeunesse), est heureuse d’annoncer que la lauréate de la Bourse Frances E. Russell est Ruth Bradley- St-Cyr, professeur à temps partiel à l’Université d’Ottawa.

La bourse de 1000 $ sera remise à Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr pour soutenir sa recherche sur les effets de la vente de Ryerson Press, les conclusions de la Commission royale sur l’édition de livres et sur le développement de la littérature de jeunesse au Canada au début des années 1970. Ryerson Press était à l’époque la première maison d’édition publiant à la fois pour des publications éducatives, professionnelles et d’édition générale. Sa vente à McGraw-Hill dans les années 1970 a causé des remous dans l’industrie canadienne de l’édition; des questions ont été posées à la Chambre des Communes et une manifestation a eu lieu dans les rues de Toronto. L’histoire de cette maison d’édition illustre, en grande mesure, l’histoire de l’édition au Canada.

Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr est professeur à temps partiel à l’Université d’Ottawa où elle a reçu un doctorat en Littérature anglaise/ Études canadiennes en 2014. Elle a également fondé sa propre compagnie de rédaction, révision et de traduction. Ruth a travaillé dans le domaine de l’édition canadienne depuis plus de 25 ans dans le secteur éditorial et la production pour une variété de maisons d’édition littéraires et universitaires ainsi que dans la section de marketing de plusieurs maisons d’édition de littérature pour la jeunesse.

Le jury de la bourse Frances E. Russell était composé de Jo-Anne Naslund (bibliothécaire des programmes de formation à l’Université de la Colombie-britannique), Benjamin Lefebvre (Professeur adjoint à l’Université Ryerson) sous la présidence de Deirdre Baker (professeur adjoint à l’Université de Toronto et critique de livres jeunesse au Toronto Star).

La Bourse Frances E. Russell a été créée en mémoire d’une sympathisante de longue date d’IBBY Canada. La bourse de 1000 $ est destinée à «susciter et encourager la recherche dans la littérature pour les jeunes sous toutes ses formes» et est attribuée à l’appui de la recherche d’un essai à publier (livre ou  article) sur la littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse. On retrouve parmi les précédents lauréats: Erin Spring, Bonnie Tulloch, Beverley Brenna, Paulette Rothbauer, Gail Edwards et Judith Saltman, Michelle Mulder, Michelle Cobban, André Gagnon, Ronald Jobe, Carole Carpenter, Linda Granfield et Françoise Lepage.

IBBY (Union internationale des livres pour la jeunesse www.ibby.org) a été fondée en 1953, et représente un réseau international de personnes s’engageant à rassembler des livres et des enfants. Il y a plus de 75 sections nationales dans le monde, IBBY Canada (www.ibby-canada.org), a été fondée en 1980, c’est un organisme bénévole faisant la promotion de la littérature jeunesse canadienne française et anglaise de qualité à l’échelle nationale et internationale.

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter :

Helena Aalto
Agente de promotion, IBBY Canada