IBBY Canada remet le prix Aubry à Patsy Aldana et Marie-Louise Gay

POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE : 14 novembre, 2013: IBBY Canada, la section nationale canadienne de l’Union Internationale pour les livres de jeunesse, est heureuse d’annoncer que Patsy Aldana et Marie-Louise Gay sont les récipiendaires du prix Claude Aubry pour leur remarquable contribution dans le domaine de la littérature jeunesse. Le Prix Aubry a été présenté à Patsy Aldana le 1er Octobre lors d’une cérémonie à la succursale District Nord de la Bibliothèque publique de Toronto et à Marie- Louise Gay lors de la remise du Prix TD le 29 octobre au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal.

Patsy Aldana a pris un engagement inébranlable envers la littérature jeunesse, c’est pour elle, quelque chose d’essentiel dans la vie des jeunes. En 1978, elle a fondé Groundwood Books qui est devenu l’un des meilleurs éditeurs de livres jeunesse au monde, publiant des livres primés d’auteurs et illustrateurs canadiens et internationaux. La contribution significative de Patsy Aldana a été reconnu par l’Ordre du Canada en 2010. Une championne infatigable de lecture, Patsy est co-présidente de la Campagne Nationale de Lecture et a occupé le poste de présidente de IBBY International. Elle lance présentement une maison d’édition internationale en Chine. Patsy vit à Toronto.

Marie-Louise Gay a écrit ou illustré plus de 60 livres publiés dans plus de 15 langues. Elle a remporté tous les grands prix de littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse, y compris le prix Vicky Metcalf pour l’ensemble de son travail. Postes Canada a émis des timbres mettant en vedette les personnages les plus aimés de Marie-Louise, les frères et sœurs Sacha et Stella. Son livre Caramba a été sélectionné pour le programme Un livre à moi ! du Centre du livre jeunesse canadien qui offre un livre en cadeau à tous les enfants de 1ère année au Canada. Disponible en français et en anglais, plus de 500,000 livres sont distribués annuellement. Aimés par les enfants et les parents, bien accueillis par les éducateurs et les critiques, les livres de Marie- Louise créent des mondes remplis d’ imagination, de chaleur et d’humour. Marie-Louise vit à Montréal.

Le jury du Prix Aubry, présidé par IBBY Canada ex-présidente Brenda Halliday, était composé de Kirsten Andersen, bibliothécaire à la Bibliothèque publique du Grand Victoria ; Josiane Polidori, responsable de la littérature jeunesse à Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, à Ottawa et Lisa Doucet, assistante-gérante de la librairie spécialisée jeunesse Woozles à Halifax.

Le Prix Claude Aubry a été créé en 1981 en l’honneur du regretté auteur, traducteur et directeur de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa. IBBY Canada présente deux prix Aubry tous les deux ans pour services distingués dans le domaine de la littérature jeunesse en anglais et en français. Les lauréats précédents incluent Andrea Deakin, Chantal Vaillancourt, Dave Jenkinson, Charlotte Guérette, Peter Carver, Catherine Mitchell, Bertrand Gauthier, Michael Solomon, Ron Jobe, Virginia Davis, Judy Sarick, May Cutler et Sheila Egoff .

IBBY, fondée en 1953, l’Union Internationale pour les Livres de Jeunesse est une association sans but lucratif qui forme un réseau international de personnes qui dans le monde entier cherchent à favoriser la rencontre des enfants et des livres. IBBY Canada, organisme bénévole formé en 1980, est l’une des 70 sections nationales à travers le monde et promeut la littérature jeunesse de qualité au Canada français et anglais. Les membres de IBBY Canada comprennent auteurs, illustrateurs, bibliothécaires, libraires, éducateurs et éditeurs. Pour plus d’informations sur IBBY et le Prix Claude Aubry, s’il vous plaît visitez www.ibby-canada.

Pour plus d’informations, s’il vous plaît contacter:
Helena Aalto | Promotions Officer | IBBY Canada
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IBBY Canada Aubry Award presented to Patsy Aldana and Marie-Louise Gay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2013: IBBY Canada, the Canadian national section of the International Board on Books for Young People, is pleased to announce that the Claude Aubry Award for distinguished service in the field of children’s literature has been presented to Patsy Aldana and Marie-Louise Gay. The Aubry Award was presented to Patsy Aldana on October 1 at a ceremony at the Northern District Branch of Toronto Public Library, and to Marie-Louise Gay on October 29 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal.

Patsy Aldana has an unwavering commitment to children’s literature as something vital in the lives of young people. In 1978 she started Groundwood Books and built the company into one of the world’s finest children’s publishers, producing award-winning books by Canadian and international authors and illustrators. Patsy’s far-reaching contribution was recognized with the Order of Canada in 2010. A tireless champion of reading, Patsy is co-chair of the National Reading Campaign and served as president of IBBY international. She is currently launching an international publishing imprint in China. Patsy lives in Toronto.

Marie-Louise Gay has written or illustrated more than 60 books published in over 15 languages. She has won every major award for Canadian children’s literature, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. Canada Post issued stamps featuring Marie-Louise’s most beloved characters, siblings Stella and Sam. Her book Caramba was selected for the annual Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Grade One Book Giveaway and distributed to 500,000 children. Loved by children and parents, praised by educators and critics, Marie-Louise’s books create worlds filled with imagination, warmth and humour. Marie-Louise lives in Montreal.

The Aubry Award jury, chaired by IBBY Canada past president Brenda Halliday, was comprised of Kirsten Andersen, teen services librarian at the Greater Victoria Public Library; Josiane Polidori, head of children’s literature at Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa; and Lisa Doucet, co-manager of Woozles Children’s Bookstore in Halifax.

The Claude Aubry Award was established in 1981 in honour of the late author, translator, and director of the Ottawa Public Library. IBBY Canada presents two Aubry Awards biennially for distinguished service in the field of children’s literature in English, and in French. Previous recipients include Andrea Deakin, Chantal Vaillancourt, Dave Jenkinson, Charlotte Guérette, Peter Carver, Catherine Mitchell, Bertrand Gauthier, Michael Solomon, Ron Jobe, Virginia Davis, Judy Sarick, May Cutler and Sheila Egoff.

IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People, founded in 1953, represents an international network of people committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada, is a volunteer organization formed in 1980, is one of over 70 national sections worldwide, and promotes quality French and English language Canadian children’s literature. IBBY Canada members include authors, illustrators, librarians, booksellers, educators, and publishers. For more information about IBBY and the Claude Aubry Award, please visit www.ibby-canada.

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2013 – Patsy Aldana and Marie-Louise Gay

Patsy Aldana has an unwavering commitment to children’s literature as something vital in the lives of young people. In 1978 she started Groundwood Books and built the company into one of the world’s finest children’s publishers, producing award-winning books by Canadian and international authors and illustrators. Patsy’s far-reaching contribution was recognized with the Order of Canada in 2010. A tireless champion of reading, Patsy is co-chair of the National Reading Campaign and served as president of IBBY international. She is currently launching an international publishing imprint in China. Patsy lives in Toronto.

Patsy Aldana a pris un engagement inébranlable envers la littérature jeunesse, c’est pour elle, quelque chose d’essentiel dans la vie des jeunes. En 1978, elle a fondé Groundwood Books qui est devenu l’un des meilleurs éditeurs de livres jeunesse au monde, publiant des livres primés d’auteurs et illustrateurs canadiens et internationaux. La contribution significative de Patsy Aldana a été reconnu par l’Ordre du Canada en 2010. Une championne infatigable de lecture, Patsy est co-présidente de la Campagne Nationale de Lecture et a occupé le poste de présidente de IBBY International. Elle lance présentement une maison d’édition internationale en Chine. Patsy vit à Toronto.

Marie-Louise Gay has written or illustrated more than 60 books published in over 15 languages. She has won every major award for Canadian children’s literature, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. Canada Post issued stamps featuring Marie-Louise’s most beloved characters, siblings Stella and Sam. Her book Caramba was selected for the annual Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Grade One Book Giveaway and distributed to 500,000 children. Loved by children and parents, praised by educators and critics, Marie-Louise’s books create worlds filled with imagination, warmth and humour. Marie-Louise lives in Montreal.

Marie-Louise Gay a écrit ou illustré plus de 60 livres publiés dans plus de 15 langues. Elle a remporté tous les grands prix de littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse, y compris le prix Vicky Metcalf pour l’ensemble de son travail. Postes Canada a émis des timbres mettant en vedette les personnages les plus aimés de Marie-Louise, les frères et sœurs Sacha et Stella. Son livre Caramba a été sélectionné pour le programme Un livre à moi ! du Centre du livre jeunesse canadien qui offre un livre en cadeau à tous les enfants de 1ère année au Canada. Disponible en français et en anglais, plus de 500,000 livres sont distribués annuellement. Aimés par les enfants et les parents, bien accueillis par les éducateurs et les critiques, les livres de Marie- Louise créent des mondes remplis d’ imagination, de chaleur et d’humour. Marie-Louise vit à Montréal.

IBBY Canada presents 2016 Aubry Award / IBBY Canada remet le Prix Claude Aubry 2016

logo_ibby_canada-1-squareIBBY Canada presents Aubry Award for distinguished service to children’s literature to Gillian O’Reilly (Toronto) and Daniel Sernine (Montreal)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 11, 2017: IBBY Canada, the Canadian national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), presents the Claude Aubry Award for distinguished service in the field of children’s literature in English to Gillian O’Reilly (Toronto) and in the field of children’s literature in French to Daniel Sernine (Montreal).

For more than 20 years, Gillian O’Reilly was the editor of Canadian Children’s Book News. Her significant contributions to the publication’s focus and content transformed the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s newsletter into an important and widely read national magazine. A passionate supporter of Canadian children’s books, Gillian is an active volunteer with many book organizations, and a frequent participant at conferences, festivals, launches, presentations, meetings and other book events. She is the author of two non-fiction books for young readers. From a letter nominating Gillian O’Reilly: “Gillian is a true champion of Canadian children’s literature. Her commitment shines through in all she does.”

As a creator, critic and publisher, Daniel Sernine has worked in the world of literature for young people for most of his life. Since 1991, he has been the editor of the highly-regarded children’s and youth literature magazine Lurelu, which focuses on French-language books published in Canada, and is an essential resource in Quebec and across Canada. Daniel is the author of many novels for teens, and writes for textbooks, comic books, magazines, anthologies and collections. From a letter nominating Daniel Sernine: “As a cultural influence, Daniel is quietly persistent, eternally present as a voice for children’s literature, [and] an active advocate for the art and impact of the genre.”

IBBY Canada presents the Claude Aubry Award biennially to two individuals who have made significant contributions to Canadian children’s literature in English and in French. Previous recipients include Judith Saltman, Jacques Payette, Patsy Aldana, Marie-Louise Gay, Andrea Deakin, Chantal Vaillancourt, Dave Jenkinson, Charlotte Guérette, Peter Carver, Catherine Mitchell, Bertrand Gauthier, Michael Solomon, Ron Jobe, Virginia Davis, Judy Sarick, May Cutler and Sheila Egoff. The Claude Aubry Award was established in 1981 to honour the late author, translator, and director of the Ottawa Public Library.

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, a volunteer organization formed in 1980 to promote Canadian children’s literature, is one of over 70 IBBY national sections worldwide.  IBBY Canada members include authors, illustrators, librarians, booksellers, educators, and publishers. For more information, please visit www.ibby-canada.

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IBBY Canada remet le Prix Claude Aubry pour une contribution exemplaire à la littérature pour la jeunesse à Gillian O’Reilly (Toronto) et à Daniel Sernine (Montréal)

POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE : Le 11 avril 2017, IBBY Canada, la section canadienne de l’Union internationale pour les livres de jeunesse (IBBY), remet le Prix Claude Aubry pour une contribution exemplaire dans le domaine de la littérature de  langue anglaise pour la jeunesse à Gillian O’Reilly (Toronto) et dans le domaine de la littérature de langue française pour la jeunesse à Daniel Sernine (Montréal).

Pendant plus de 20 ans, Gillian O’Reilly a été la rédactrice en chef du Canadian Children’s Book News. Sa contribution déterminante au contenu et à la portée de cette publication a transformé le bulletin d’information du Centre du livre jeunesse canadien  (Canadian Children’s Book Centre) en un important magazine national au vaste lectorat. À titre de partisane passionnée des livres canadiens pour la jeunesse, Gillian a été une bénévole active dans de nombreuses organismes et a fréquemment participé à des conférences, festivals, lancements, présentations, réunions et de nombreuses autres activités liées au monde du livre. Elle est l’auteur de deux livres documentaires pour les jeunes. La lettre de nomination l’a décrit ainsi : «  Gillian est une vraie championne de la littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse. Son engagement transparait à travers tout ce qu’elle fait. »

À la fois écrivain, critique et rédacteur en chef, Daniel Sernine est actif dans le monde de la littérature pour la jeunesse. Depuis 1991, il est le rédacteur en chef de Lurelu, le magazine de haut calibre consacré à la littérature pour la jeunesse de langue française publié au Canada. Lurelu est une ressource essentielle au Québec et dans tout le Canada. Daniel Sernine est l’auteur de plusieurs romans pour adolescents, il a aussi contribué à des publications pédagogiques, des bandes dessinées, des magazines, des anthologies et des collectifs. La lettre de nomination le présente de cette façon : «Daniel est une force tranquille et constante dans la promotion de la littérature jeunesse,  au Québec et au Canada. (…) Il est une voix persistante pour la littérature jeunesse dans le milieu culturel. »

IBBY Canada remet le Prix Claude Aubry tous les deux ans à deux personnes qui se sont illustrées par leurs contributions exceptionnelles à la littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse de langue anglaise et française. Parmi les lauréats précédents se retrouvent Judith Saltman, Jacques Payette, Patsy Aldana, Marie-Louise Gay, Andrea Deakin, Chantal Vaillancourt, Dave Jenkinson, Charlotte Guérette, Peter Carver, Catherine Mitchell, Bertrand Gauthier, Michael Solomon, Ron Jobe, Virginia Davis, Judy Sarick, May Cutler et Sheila Egoff. Le Prix Claude Aubry a été créé en 1981 en l’honneur du regretté auteur, traducteur et ancien directeur de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa.

IBBY (Union internationale pour les livres de jeunesse – www.ibby.org) a été fondé en 1953. Ce réseau international s’engage à offrir aux enfants un accès aux livres. Fondé en 1980, IBBY Canada est une association à but non lucratif qui fait la promotion de la littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse, elle est l’une des 70 sections nationales d’IBBY. Parmi les membres d’IBBY Canada, on retrouve des auteurs, illustrateurs, éditeurs, bibliothécaires, libraires et enseignants. Pour plus d’informations, veuillez visiter www.ibby-canada.org

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Automne 2016, Vol. 36, No. 3
ISSN 1704-6033
English version


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L’automne a apporté un regain d’activité pour IBBY Canada. Nous avons de nombreuses initiatives passionnantes à partager avec vous dans ce numéro de notre infolettre. Les billets sont maintenant en vente pour la Tombola d’art Cleaver, qui célèbre le 30e anniversaire du Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour le meilleur livre d’images canadien. Les deux prix gagnants sont des illustrations tirées des livres d’images Once Upon a Northern Night (Groundwood Books, 2013) et Virginia Wolf (Kids Can Press, 2012), signées par l’artiste lauréate du Prix Cleaver, Isabelle Arsenault.

Plusieurs membres d’IBBY Canada étaient présents au Congrès IBBY à Auckland, Nouvelle-Zélande, à la fin août. Nous avons des rapports complet de Theo Heras et Catherine Mitchell sur l’expérience du Congrès.

Revenons maintenant au Canada. Le Programme Joanne Fitzgerald illustrateur en résidence suit son cours à la bibliothèque publique d’Edmonton. Nous avons un récapitulatif de l’événement du lancement avec l’illustratrice de cette année, Dianna Bonder. Nous avons également été occupés à la promotion du travail de IBBY Canada aux festivals The Word on the Street à Halifax et à Toronto. Vous pouvez lire tous les détails dans les rapports régionaux de l’est et de l’Ontario.

Bonne lecture!

– Katie Scott, Éditrice de l’infolettre

Traduction : Danièle Courchesne

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Bonjour chers membres d’IBBY Canada,

À l’approche de la fin de 2016, je suis encore une fois tellement impressionnée par le travail accompli par tous les membres dévoués de IBBY Canada. Voici quelques-unes des activités réalisées ou en cours de réalisation :

  • Deborah Ellis a été sélectionnée pour le Prix commémoratif Astrid Lindgren
  • Le dossier de candidature pour le Prix Hans Christian Andersen est bien en cours
  • Sidewalk Flowers de JonArno Lawson et Sydney Smith (Groundwood Books, 2015), lauréate du Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour le meilleur livre d’images canadien cette année, sera célébré à la conférence Packaging Your Imagination de la société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants (CANSCAIP) le 19 novembre 2016, à Toronto.

Sans des bénévoles dévoués comme Stephanie Dror, une sympathisante d’IBBY de longue date, et plus récemment, secrétaire à l’adhésion, tout ce travail ne pouvait pas se faire. Et voilà pourquoi il est difficile d’annoncer que Stéphanie a démissionné en tant que secrétaire à l’adhésion en raison de la pression de ses autres responsabilités. Elle nous manquera et nous lui envoyons tous nos sincères remerciements et meilleurs voeux!

Nous annoncerons un nouveau secrétaire à l’adhésion dans les prochaines semaines, mais même avec ce poste comblé, il y a toujours beaucoup de choses à faire. Si vous souhaitez devenir bénévole pour aider à réaliser toutes les activités d’IBBY Canada, s’il vous plaît, n’hésitez pas à me contacter ou contacter tout autre membre du conseil d’administration.

Avec mes meilleurs vœux,

Sheila Barry, Présidente

Traduction : Danièle Courchesne

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Jane Baskwill, conseillère régional est d’IBBY Canada, au festival The Word On the Street à Halifax, le 17 septembre 2016. Photo: Jane Baskwill.

Jane Baskwill, conseillère régional est d’IBBY Canada, au festival The Word On the Street à Halifax, le 17 septembre 2016. Photo: Jane Baskwill.

Encore une fois, le festival The Word On the Street, qui a eu lieu le samedi 17 septembre, a été hébergé à la bibliothèque centrale d’Halifax, rue Spring Garden Road. Le kiosque d’IBBY Canada se trouvait au rez-de-chaussée, tout près de l’entrée principale. Nous nous trouvons en compagnie de plusieurs autres organismes à but non lucratif. Malheureusement IBBY Canada a été omit du catalogue à cause d’un erreur non prévu. Néanmoins, cette année il semblait que le nombre de participants a augmenté, et plus du monde se sont dirigés à l’intérieur pour voir les étalages.

Nous avons donné 75 bloc-notes munis d’autocollants avec le logo IBBY et le site web, ainsi que plusieurs crayons, dont les enfants (et quelques adultes) étaient ravis. Un dépliant mettant en vedette les œuvres d’IBBY et du Fonds pour les enfants en crise a été également distribué aux participants. On a rappelé aux anciens membres de renouveler l’adhésion, et on a encouragé d’autres à se joindre. C’était une occasion de parler d’IBBY et de son œuvre. Le grand public s’intéressait plutôt au Fonds pour les enfants en crise. On leur a montré le site web sur le dépliant, où ils pouvaient s’informer de comment faire un don.

– Jane Baskwill, Conseillère régionale est

Traduction : Todd Kyle

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Des bénévoles d’IBBY Canada au festival The Word On the Street à Toronto le 25 septembre 2016. De gauche à droite: Lesley Clement, Katie Scott, Grace Andrews. Photo: Theo Heras.

Des bénévoles d’IBBY Canada au festival The Word On the Street à Toronto le 25 septembre 2016. De gauche à droite: Lesley Clement, Katie Scott, Grace Andrews. Photo: Theo Heras.

Des centaines de fanatiques de livres se sont venues pour se réjouir du temps chaud et de l’emplacement beau au festival The Word On the Street au centre Harbourfront à Toronto. Un gros merci à tous les bénévoles qui ont aidé à construire, défaire, et peupler le kiosque pendant la journée: Theo Heras, Helena Aalto, Katie Scott, Frances Gao, Grace Andrews, Yvette Ghione, Mary Beth Leatherdale, et Leigh Turina.

Un évènement à mettre dans votre agenda: le 23me Congrès biennale du International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) qui sera accueilli à l’Université York du 29 juillet au 2 août 2017. Le thème multidisciplinaire du Congrès est Les enfants possibles et impossibles: intersections de la littérature jeunesse et les etudes en enfance, auquel s’interesserait des bibliothécaires, des éducateurs, des éditeurs, des écrivains, des chercheurs — en fait, tous qui s’engagent en études en enfance. Des propositions de dissertations et de discours en table ronde sont à remettre le 15 novembre 2016. Veuillez visiter leur site web pour de plus amples renseignements.

– Lesley Clement, Conseillère régionale Ontario

Traduction : Todd Kyle

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Bien que peu de choses se sont passés à Vancouver (et dans tout la Colombie-Britannique) quant à IBBY, il y a toujours beaucoup qui se passe en littérature jeunesse en générale.

Quoique j’ai assisté pour la première fois à un Congrès IBBY à Mexico en 2014, celui de août 2016 à Auckland en Nouvelle-Zélande a été ma première fois en tant que membre officielle de conseil d’IBBY Canada. L’expérience en gros a été positive, me donnant l’occasion de rencontre des collègues anciens et neufs. J’avais l’occasion d’établir des liens avec de nombreux gens venant d’autres pays et d’autres sections IBBY. J’ai particulièrement apprécié les cérémonies d’ouverture ainsi que le haka interprété par de jeunes gens des écoles de la Nouvelle-Zélande, mettant en vedette de différents traditions tirés des divers milieux culturels. J’ai apprécié aussi les jeux finales mondiales Kids’ Lit Quiz dans lesquels le Canada a eu une équipe du lycée University of Toronto School (UTS). L’équipe Canada a fait de vaillants efforts et a reçu de l’appui des spectateurs ce soir-là. Assister au Assemblé générale a été aussi une expérience importante, et j’ai eu l’occasion de mieux me familiariser avec la direction d’IBBY et de faire part des décisions importantes au sujet du gouvernance. C’était une expérience magnifique, d’autant plus que cela a eu lieu dans un locale si beau!

En septembre, c’était la grande foule au festival Word Vancouver, celébrant les livres jeunesse et la lecture. Il y avait beaucoup d’emplacements dans la région de Vancouver, mais la plupart des évènements de littérature jeunesse ont eu lieu dans la bibliothèque publique de Vancouver et dans les environs. Des auteurs de la région, y compris des diplômés de la maîtrise en littérature jeunesse de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, ont fait des rencontres littéraires et ont participé dans d’autres activités et de séances de dédicaces. L’évènement à été bien apprécié et a rassemblé des fanatiques et des créateurs de la littérature jeunesse.

En octobre, le Association for Research in Cultures of Young People a tenu un congrès académique sur la littérature jeunesse et la lecture. En même temps, le festival Vancouver Writers Festival a eu lieu du 17 au 23 octobre, mettant en vedette des rencontres littéraires et des activités avec des auteurs de littérature pour enfants et pour les jeunes adultes de partout au Canada. C’était une occasion de faire connaître IBBY Canada au un public plus large et de leur montrer le bon travail que nous faisons.

Comme toujours, je tiens à communiquer avec des gens de partout en Colombie-Britannique, et j’espère travailler sur d’autres évènements en tant que Conseiller régional ouest.

– Rob Bittner, Conseiller régional ouest

Traduction : Todd Kyle

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La Tombola d’art Cleaver

IBBY Canada est heureux d’annoncer que les billets de la Tombola d’art Cleaver sont maintenant disponibles. La tombola célèbre cette année le 30e anniversaire du Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour le meilleur livre d’images canadien, qui reconnaît le talent artistique exceptionnel d’un illustrateur dans un livre d’images canadien.

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1er Prix: œuvre originale de la couverture de l’album Once Upon a Northern Night (Groundwood Books, 2013), signée par Isabelle Arsenault

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2e Prix: Giclée, impression d’art tirée de Virginia Wolf (Kids Can Press, 2012), signée par Isabelle Arsenault

Les billets sont de 25$ et peuvent être achetés :

  1. en ligne sur le site web d’IBBY Canada
  2. en personne à Sheila Barry, Mariella Bertelli, Robert Bittner, Theo Heras et Katie Scott
  3. à la conférence Packaging Your Imagination de CANSCAIP le 19 novembre

Les billets seront en vente jusqu’au 30 novembre 2016. Le tirage est ouvert à tous les résidents du Canada et des États-Unis.

Pour plus d’informations, s’il vous plaît, contactez :

Katie Scott
Éditrice de l’infolettre
IBBY Canada
newsletter@ibby-canada.org

Traduction : Danièle Courchesne

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RAPPEL Appel de candidatures: le Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour le meilleur livre d’images canadien

Nous faisons un rappel aux maisons d’édition qu’IBBY Canada accepte en ce moment les candidatures pour le Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour le meilleur livre d’images canadien. Le prix recompense l’illustratrice/illustrateur d’un livre publié entre le 1er janvier 2016 et le 31 décembre 2016.

La date limite pour les soumissions est le 1 décembre 2016. Vous trouverez les lignes directrices sur notre site web.

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Appel de candidatures : Bourse Frances E. Russell

IBBY Canada accepte maintenant des candidatures pour la Bourse Frances E. Russell 2016. La bourse de 1000 $ est destinée à soutenir la mission d’IBBY Canada pour commencer et encourager la recherche en la littérature pour la jeunesse sous toutes ses formes. Elle est donnée pour appuyer un travail de recherche publiable (un livre ou un article) sur la littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse.

Les éléments suivants sont nécessaires: une proposition, un curriculum vitae, un synopsis des méthodes et des étapes poursuivies par le demandeur lors de sa recherche, et un résumé de l’utilisation des fonds. Le concours est ouvert aux citoyens canadiens ou résidents permanents. S’il vous plaît, envoyez vos propositions en pièces jointes à: Deirdre Baker, président de la Bourse Frances E. Russell, à russell@ibby-canada.org.

Les propositions peuvent aussi être envoyées par la poste à :

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

La date limite pour la soumission des propositions pour la Bourse Frances E. Russel est le 15 janvier 2017.

Pour de plus d’informations sur les critères, visitez le site web d’IBBY Canada.

Traduction : Danièle Courchesne

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Appel de candidatures : Prix Claude Aubry 2016

IBBY Canada accepte maintenant les candidatures pour le prix Claude Aubry 2016.

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

Le 20 décembre 2016 est la date limite pour la remise des candidatures en vue du prix Claude Aubry; celles-ci peuvent être soumises soit en anglais soit en français.

Les candidatures doivent inclure un court profil biographique du candidat soulignant ses contributions. Veuillez faire parvenir les candidatures à Shannon Babcock, présidente du prix Claude Aubry, à aubry@ibby-canada.org. Un jury, nommé par IBBY Canada, sélectionnera deux lauréats qui seront annoncés lors de la réunion annuelle des membres en 2017.

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Claude Aubry, directeur de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa de 1953 jusqu’à sa retraite en 1979, était également auteur de livres primés pour enfants et traducteur qui a voyagé à travers le monde pour promouvoir son propre travail et celui d’autres auteurs canadiens. M. Aubry a été nommé membre à l’Ordre du Canada et 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 sont : 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 et leurs biographies, consultez le site web d’IBBY Canada.

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Infolettre d’IBBY Canada

Rédactrice: Katie Scott

Formatage: Camilia Kahrizi

Conception de la bannière: Martha Newbigging

Traduction en français: Danièle Courchesne, Todd Kyle

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Fall 2016, Vol. 36, No. 3
ISSN 1704-6033
En français


Letter from the Editor

Fall has brought a flurry of activity for IBBY Canada, and we’ve got many exciting initiatives to share with you in this issue of the newsletter. Tickets are now on sale for the Cleaver Art Raffle, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. The two winning prizes are illustrations from the picture books Once Upon a Northern Night (Groundwood Books, 2013) and Virginia Wolf (Kids Can Press, 2012), signed by Cleaver Award–winning artist Isabelle Arsenault.

IBBY Canada had several members in attendance at the IBBY Congress in Auckland, New Zealand, in late August. We’ve got reports from Theo Heras and Catherine Mitchell about their Congress experiences.

Back home in Canada, the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program is underway at Edmonton Public Library. We have a recap of the launch event with this year’s illustrator in residence, Dianna Bonder. We’ve also been at The Word on the Street in Halifax and Toronto to promote IBBY Canada’s work. You can read all about it in the Regional Reports East and Ontario.

Happy reading!

Katie Scott, Newsletter Editor

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President’s Report 

Hello IBBY Canada friends,

As we approach the end of 2016, I am once again so impressed by the amount accomplished by all the dedicated members of IBBY Canada. Here are just a very few of the activities completed or in process:

• Deborah Ellis has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

• the Hans Christian Andersen nomination dossier is well underway

• Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith (Groundwood Books, 2015), this year’s recipient of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, will be celebrated at CANSCAIP’s Packaging Your Imagination conference on November 19,, 2016, in Toronto

Without dedicated volunteers like Stephanie Dror, longtime IBBY supporter and, most recently, Membership Secretary, this work just couldn’t get done. And that is why it is hard to announce that Stephanie has stepped down as Membership Secretary because of the pressure of other responsibilities. She will be missed — and I know we all send her our heartfelt thanks and best wishes!

We will be announcing a new Membership Secretary in the next few weeks, but even with that position filled, there is always more to be done. If you would like to volunteer to help with any IBBY Canada activities, please feel free to contact me or any other member of the board.

With best wishes,

– Sheila Barry, President

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Regional Report East

Jane Baskwill, IBBY Canada’s Regional Councillor East, at The Halifax Word On The Street on September 17, 2016. Photo courtesy of Jane Baskwill.

Jane Baskwill, IBBY Canada’s Regional Councillor East, at Halifax’s The Word On The Street on September 17, 2016. Photo courtesy of Jane Baskwill.

Once again The Word On The Street, which took place on Saturday, September 17, was housed in the Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road. The IBBY Canada booth was located on the first floor, just inside the main entrance. We were in the company of several other non-profit organizations. However, due to an unforeseen error, IBBY Canada was omitted from the catalogue. Nevertheless, this year there seemed to be an increase in attendees, and more people found their way inside to visit the displays.

We gave away 75 colourful notepads (with a sticker on the back with the IBBY logo and website) and pencils, a hit with the children (and adults). A brochure, highlighting the work of IBBY and the Children in Crisis Fund was also distributed to all who dropped by. Former members were reminded about renewing membership and others were encouraged to consider joining. This was a wonderful opportunity to talk about IBBY and its work. The public was mostly interested in hearing more about the Children in Crisis Fund. They were directed to the website (on the brochure), where they could find out about making a donation.

– Jane Baskwill, Regional Councillor East

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Regional Report Ontario

IBBY Canada volunteers at Toronto’s The Word On The Street on September 25, 2016. From left to right: Lesley Clement, Katie Scott, Grace Andrews. Photo courtesy of Theo Heras.

IBBY Canada volunteers at Toronto’s The Word On The Street on September 25, 2016. From left to right: Lesley Clement, Katie Scott, Grace Andrews. Photo courtesy of Theo Heras.

Hundreds of book lovers were out enjoying the balmy weather and beautiful venue on September 25, 2016, for this year’s The Word On The Street at Harbourfront, Toronto. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped set up, take down, and man the booth throughout the day: Theo Heras, Helena Aalto, Katie Scott, Frances Gao, Grace Andrews, Yvette Ghione, Mary Beth Leatherdale, and Leigh Turina.

An event to put in your calendar is the 23rd Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) being hosted by York University from July 29 to August 2, 2017. The multidisciplinary theme of the Congress is Possible & Impossible Children: Intersections of Children’s Literature & Childhood Studies, which will be of interest to librarians, educators, advocates, publishers, writers, researchers — indeed, anyone engaged in childhood studies. Proposals for papers and panels are due November 15, 2016. Visit their website for more information.

– Lesley Clement, Regional Councillor Ontario

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Regional Report West

While there has not been a lot happening in Vancouver (or BC at large) where IBBY is concerned, there is still a lot happening with children’s literature in general.

Although I first attended an IBBY Congress in Mexico City in 2014, this past August in Auckland, New Zealand, was my first time attending as an official part of the IBBY Canada board. The overall experience was very positive, giving me a chance to meet with colleagues, old and new. I was able to connect with a number of new people as well, from other countries and IBBY sections. A few highlights included the opening ceremonies, which incorporated traditional Maori greetings and a haka performed by a number of young people from schools throughout New Zealand, highlighting different traditions from various cultural backgrounds. Another highlight was attending the World Finals of the Kids’ Lit Quiz in which Canada had a team from University of Toronto School (UTS). Team Canada made a valiant effort and they had a lot of support in the audience that night. Attending the General Assembly was also an eye-opening experience, and I had the opportunity to become better acquainted with the business of running IBBY and taking part in the larger decisions around governance. It was a great experience, and it definitely didn’t hurt that it took place in such a beautiful location!

In September, we saw a great turnout for the Word Vancouver festival, celebrating books and reading. There were many venues around Vancouver, but the bulk of children’s literature events happened at and around the Vancouver Public Library. Local authors, including graduates of the MA in Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia, did readings and participated in other activities and book signings. The event was a great one, and brought together many fans and creators of literature for young people.

In October, the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People held an academic conference on youth literature and reading. At the same time, the Vancouver Writers Festival was held from October 17–23 and was a site for readings and activities with children’s and young adult literature authors from across Canada. This was an opportunity to spread the word about IBBY Canada to a larger contingent and show them the hard work that we are doing.

As always, I am open to hearing from people across BC and hope to work on more events with IBBY throughout my time as Regional Councillor West.

– Rob Bittner, Regional Councillor West

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Dianna Bonder Kicks Off Residency at EPL

Dianna Bonder at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, as part of the 2016 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. Photo courtesy of Merle Harris.

Dianna Bonder at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, as part of the 2016 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. Photo courtesy of Merle Harris.

After a two-day journey from Gabriola Island, British Columbia, narrowly missing high winds in BC and heavy snowfall in Alberta, Dianna Bonder and her two daughters were warmly welcomed at a reception on Monday, October 17 to celebrate the beginning of her month-long residency at Edmonton Public Library (EPL).

Dianna’s original art, as well as some storyboards, were on display on a large wall leading to the program room, and more of her art and books provided a backdrop to the proceedings.

Edmonton Public Library’s CEO, Pilar Martinez welcomed 15 guests; Robert and Laura Young (Joanne Fitzgerald’s husband and daughter); and Dianna and her daughters, Ekko and Niko. She said how excited EPL was to be collaborating with IBBY Canada in offering this unique program in Edmonton.

Robert Young talked about Joanne and of her love of illustrating children’s books and getting out to meet her readers. He is delighted at the success of the program, now in its fourth year, and looks forward to its continued success.

Artwork created during Dianna Bonder’s workshop at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. Photo courtesy of Merle Harris.

Artwork created during Dianna Bonder’s workshop at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. Photo courtesy of Merle Harris.

Dianna talked about her delight in being chosen as this year’s illustrator in residence and how thrilled she was to be joining EPL for the month. She looks forward to working alongside both accomplished and aspiring artists in Edmonton in the coming month. She thanked Robert Young, IBBY Canada, and EPL for this opportunity.

Later in the evening, Dianna presented a workshop on classical illustration versus contemporary illustration to an audience of 25, talking about how illustration style affects a story and its reader.

In her first week, Dianna presented four hands-on workshops, titled “Learning to Draw the Easy Way,” to elementary students, as well as two one-on-one portfolio reviews at the Stanley A. Milner Library.

Friday morning found Dianna at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, a collective of professional artists who have developmental disabilities, where an enthusiastic group learned how to tell a story through the use of colour and shape.

– Merle Harris, Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Coordinator and Regional Councillor Alberta

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Cleaver Art Raffle

IBBY Canada is please to announce that tickets are now available to purchase for the Cleaver Art Raffle. The raffle celebrates the 30th anniversary of Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, which recognizes outstanding artistic talent in a Canadian picture book.

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

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

Tickets are $25 CAD and can be purchased:

(1) online through IBBY Canada’s website

(2) in-person from Sheila Barry, Mariella Bertelli, Robert Bittner, Theo Heras, and Katie Scott

(3) at CANSCAIP’s Packaging Your Imagination conference on Saturday, November 19

Tickets will be available to purchase until November 30, 2016. The raffle is open to residents of Canada and the United States.

For further information, please contact:

Katie Scott
Newsletter Editor
IBBY Canada
newsletter@ibby-canada.org

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REMINDER: Call for Submissions for the 2016 Cleaver Award

We’d like to remind publishers that IBBY Canada is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. This award is given to a Canadian illustrator in recognition of outstanding artistic talent in a Canadian picture book in English or French, published in the 2016 calendar year.

Visit the IBBY Canada website for submission guidelines. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2016.

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Call for Proposals: 2016 Frances E. Russell Grant

IBBY Canada is now accepting proposals for the 2016 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 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 permanent residents. Please send proposals as email 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

The deadline for the Frances E. Russell Grant is January 15, 2017.

For more information on criteria, please visit the IBBY Canada website.

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Aboriginal Literature and Identity: Research Recap from the 2015 Russell Grant

Erin Spring, recipient of the 2015 Russell Grant. Photo courtesy of Don Spring.

Erin Spring, recipient of the 2015 Russell Grant. Photo courtesy of Don Spring.

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Child and Youth Studies at the University of Lethbridge. I was the 2015 recipient of IBBY Canada’s Frances E. Russell Grant. The grant has helped to fund my current reader response project with 10 Blackfoot youth, ages 12 and 13, who live on a reserve in southern Alberta.

Through reading discussion groups and the creation of place-journals, containing visual entries such as maps, I am looking at the ways in which my participants perceive of and represent their social, cultural, and place-based identities within and beyond a series of texts, including picture books, graphic novels, and fiction. Over the past year, we have read and discussed several Indigenous texts, including one set on their reserve. I am coming to understand the ways in which the act of reading is allowing these youth to think critically about their lives and identities — especially when their experiences are made visible on the page, often for the very first time.

As a non-First Nations researcher, it has been a rewarding experience to work with youth who do not necessarily share my cultural background or worldview. As I am an outsider on the reserve, I am continually reminded of the importance of ensuring that my research is youth-centred and focused on the lives and values of my participants and their community. Part of my IBBY funding was spent taking my participants on a book tour of Lethbridge, where we visited used bookstores, the comic book shop, and the local public library. Each student left with a library card in hand.

I am disseminating my findings both in peer-reviewed, international journals of children’s literature and childhood studies, and to non-academic audiences. This summer I presented my work at two conferences, including the Children’s Literature Association’s conference in Ohio, where I was on the Visualizing Diversity sponsored panel.

I am grateful to IBBY Canada for their generous funding!

– Erin Spring, recipient of the 2015 Frances E. Russell Grant

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Call for Nominations: 2016 Claude Aubry Award

IBBY Canada is now inviting nominations for the 2016 Claude Aubry Award.

IBBY Canada presents two Claude 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 2016 Claude Aubry Award nominations, which may be submitted in English or in French, is January 10, 2016.

Nominations should include a short biographical profile of the nominee, highlighting his or her contributions. Please send nominations to Shannon Babcock, Claude Aubry Award Chair, at aubry@ibby-canada.org. A jury, appointed by IBBY Canada, will select two Claude Aubry Award winners to be announced at the Annual Meeting of Members in 2017.

About 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.

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Deborah Ellis: 2017 ALMA Nominee

deborah_ellisIBBY Canada is please to announce that Deborah Ellis has been selected as a nominee for the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA).

With the publication of The Breadwinner in 2001 (Groundwood Books), Deborah Ellis opened the eyes of publishers and writers in the West to the possibilities and need for honest, engaging and beautifully written stories about children in developing countries — countries at war, countries under duress where children do not have access to their basic rights. The international success of The Breadwinner, with publication in 25 languages, opened the door for many other writers, from both outside and inside these countries, to tell their own stories and introduce their books to audiences around the world.

In the 15 years since The Breadwinner was published, Deborah Ellis has continued to write books about marginalized children living around the world — from Bolivia to Malawi, India to Israel — the situations of refugee children, the homeless and Indigenous children, in North America and abroad.

About the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
The world’s largest children’s and youth literature award, the ALMA is presented to authors, illustrators, oral storytellers, and those active in reading promotion work. The award may be presented to a single recipient or to several, regardless of language or nationality. The award of five million Swedish krona (approx. $750,000 CAD) is the second-largest literature prize in the world. IBBY Canada’s past nominees include the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Jean Little, Sarah Ellis, and Banco del Libro de Venezuela (the 2007 winner).

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2016 IBBY Honour List

The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honouring writers, illustrators, and translators from IBBY member countries. These highly regarded titles represent some of the world’s best in children’s literature.

The 2016 IBBY Honour List comprises 173 nominations in 48 different languages from 57 countries. You can find the full list, including the three Canadian selections, on the IBBY website.

The following video was shown at the IBBY Honour List presentation at the IBBY Congress in Auckland, New Zealand, on August 19, 2016:

The full list of books will be on exhibit at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2017.

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35th IBBY International Congress

Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa), August 18–21, 2016

Kia Ora (Welcome).

Delegates to the 35th IBBY International Congress heard this Maori greeting and returned it often in the four days they celebrated children’s books in Auckland. The New Zealand hosts seemed genuinely overjoyed to be welcoming 445 delegates representing over 60 countries.

Morning registration for the Congress was a cheerful chore despite most of us being severely jetlagged. Coffee was abundantly available. Each delegate received a bag that included the Congress handbook and a personal letter from a New Zealand school student, some handwritten and some typed. An efficient registration seems to be a minor point to mention, but when you’ve travelled several thousand miles over 20+ hours, it is a small and welcome blessing.

Delegates were greeted each morning with coffee and fruit. Tea times were twice a day and good for shaking off the fatigue and meeting other delegates. Lunches were a casual affair, served cafeteria-style in the Aotea Centre foyer. This allowed for mingling with other delegates and viewing the many displays and poster exhibits while nibbling on sandwiches, salads, fruit, and beverages.

Haka welcome to open the 2016 Congress. Photo courtesy of Catherine Mitchell.

Haka welcome to open the 2016 Congress. Photo courtesy of Catherine Mitchell.

The Congress began on Thursday morning at the Aotea Centre auditorium, with a moving traditional Maori welcome called a Pōwhiri, which has seven distinct parts, concluding with Hongi (pressing of the noses). Music and pageantry filled the room as students from Bairds Mainfreight School, dressed in costumes representing five Polyneisan tribes in the South Pacific, performed a stirring kapa haka (which consists of choral singing, dance, and combat movements).

Highlights of Congress

Each day was full from morning through evening with plenary sessions and workshops. It was difficult to choose which session to attend. Every one of them had something of interest to offer. Highlights of the Congress include:

  • New Zealand author Joy Cowley who both welcomed and bid delegates goodbye at the Congress.
  • A conversation between Leonard Marcus and Julia Eccleshare, and moderated by Kate De Goldi called “There is no such thing as a children’s book.”
  • A slide presentation of the 2016 IBBY Honour List. IBBY Canada’s honourees are: writer Teresa Toten for The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B (Doubleday Canada, 2013), illustrator Marianne Dubuc for Le lion et l’oiseau (Éditions de la Pastèque, 2013), and translators Susan Ouriou and Christelle Morelli for Jane, the Fox & Me, written by Fanny Britt and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Groundwood Books, 2013).
  • Sir Richard Taylor and Martin Baynton and their work at WETA Workshops (responsible for films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Narnia Chronicles, and others) talking about developing children’s books for television and film. Paraphrasing Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), Taylor said success is to “throw yourself at failure and miss.”
  • Maori author Witi Ihimaera, the author of The Whale Rider, discussing the ways storytelling has evolved from oral to written to visual.
  • Markus Zusak, the author of The Book Thief, relating through family stories, how his internationally acclaimed novel came into being.
  • And just seeing Katherine Paterson, distinguished author and Andersen winner!

IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award

On Thursday evening, Read with Me from Iran and Big Brother Mouse from Laos, the winners of the 2016 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award, were honoured. Short video presentations of the projects highlighted their work. (Click here for the acceptance speech from Read with Me.)

Beginning in 2010, Read with Me has worked to make quality books accessible to disadvantaged children in marginal areas of big cities and those living in remote and deprived areas of Iran. It trains teachers, librarians, and volunteers, and sets up small libraries to sustain their work. Read with Me now reaches more than 13,000 children throughout the country.

In 2006, Big Brother Mouse started producing books for children in Laos, a country where books have been rare. More than producing books, Big Brother Mouse creates books to make reading fun. Many books are in Lao and others are in Lao and English. The organization is developing methods of distributing books in Laos.

In all, nine projects were nominated for the 2016 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award, including the Vermont Square Parent-Child Mother Goose Program in Toronto.

Kids’ Lit Quiz International Finals

On Friday night, delegates were invited to attend the Kids’ Lit Quiz International Finals. Kids’ Lit Quiz is the brainchild of New Zealand educator Wayne Mills and began in 1991. Now teams from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States compete locally and nationally with the winning national team representing its country at the finals. New Zealand’s team from Wellesley College won the top prize. University of Toronto School (UTS) from Toronto was among the eight finalists, but missed out on winning one of the three trophies. The 2017 Kids’ Lit Quiz finals will be held in Toronto next June.

Hans Christian Andersen Award Ceremony

Saturday night was the semi-formal Hans Christian Andersen banquet at Shed 10, Queen’s Wharf, where delegates were treated to beautiful surroundings and a sumptuous meal. Unfortunately illustrator winner Rotraut Susanne Berner from Germany could not attend, but sent a video to thank IBBY. Showcasing Berner’s whimsical style, the animated short follows Karlchen, a character featured in Berner’s books, as he flies from Germany to New Zealand to accept the award on her behalf. The video highlights Berner’s interest in telling stories without words and combining realism with fantasy.

Author winner Cao Wenxuan from China delivered a heart-warming thank-you. Cao is both an author and a professor of Chinese and children’s literature. His books are humanistic, evoking poetic landscapes and depicting the dilemmas that children face in their daily lives in their quest for identity.

Closing Day

Sunday morning meant the meeting of the General Assembly and voting on the new Executive Committee and other IBBY business matters. Patsy Aldana was re-elected as President of the Andersen Jury.

The Congress was well organized. The four levels of the Aotea Centre were perfect spaces for the many exhibits: Hans Christian Andersen materials, IBBY Honour List books, Disabilities Collection, poster displays, and exhibitors and publisher displays. A poignant slideshow of the life of beloved New Zealand author Margaret Mahy ran continuously.

The closing ceremony was as culturally rich as the opening. It featured Joy Cowley’s Story of New Zealand. Choirs from three New Zealand Schools entertained delegates with traditional and contemporary songs. IBBY President Wally de Doncker reminded the delegates of the great disparity in the world and that the work of IBBY is as necessary as ever. Last, but not least, the organizers of the 36th IBBY Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, invited delegates to join them in 2018.

Rob Bittner, IBBY Canada Councillor West; Patsy Aldana, President of the Andersen Jury; Theo Heras, IBBY Canada Second Vice- President; Catherine Mitchell, IBBY Canada Past President. Photo courtesy of Catherine Mitchell.

Rob Bittner, IBBY Canada Councillor West; Patsy Aldana, President of the Andersen Jury; Theo Heras, IBBY Canada Second Vice-President; Catherine Mitchell, IBBY Canada Past President. Photo courtesy of Catherine Mitchell.

Seven Canadians attended the Congress: Patsy Aldana, President of the Andersen Jury, hosted the Andersen evening. Kathy Knowles, a past IBBY-Asahi recipient for her work in Ghana, presented her paper “Engaging Readers through Culturally Appropriate Books;” Dr. Richard Gooding from the Univerity of British Columbia presented a paper on Richard Scrimger’s book Into the Ravine (Tundra Books, 2007). Rob Bittner, IBBY Canada Regional Councillor West presented his paper “Arousal Is Not Consent: Examining Sexual Abuse in Althea & Oliver and Live through This.” Rounding out the Canadian delegation were Catherine Mitchell, Past President of IBBY Canada; Anita Miettunen from Vancouver; and Theo Heras, IBBY Canada Second Vice-President.

Each Congress has its own personality and energy. The Auckland Congress was an exuberant one. People were kind and generous and curious. On a personal note, though not officially on the program, I learned that it is possible to build a relationship between Indigenous people (tāngata whenua — people of the land — as the Maori people call themselves) and the European settlers (or Pakeha, in Maori) that is equal and respectful. I think that this is an excellent lesson to take from any IBBY Congress.

– Theo Heras, Second Vice-President

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Kia Ora: A Pre-Congress Welcome in Auckland

Catherine Mitchell taking a moment in the famed Margaret Mahy chair, which does loom large in the Parnell office of the National Library of New Zealand. Comfy! Photo courtesy of Catherine Mitchell.

Catherine Mitchell taking a moment in the famed Margaret Mahy chair, which does loom large in the Parnell office of the National Library of New Zealand. Comfy! Photo courtesy of Catherine Mitchell.

Kia Ora, IBBY Friend.”

“Hello, Welcome.” This was the greeting from nine-year-old Ethan. His handwritten letter was the first thing I found in my delegate package. “I love reading and my favourite book is called Geronimo Stilton … I hope you have a wonderful time in New Zealand!” Welcome, indeed, Ethan.

I opted to take in a pre-Congress library tour as I had heard many great things about their support for libraries and the importance of school librarians. At eight o’clock on my first real day, we met at the waterside to get on buses that visited three school libraries and one public library, with lunch at the National Library, Services to Schools. And a full day it was, led by author Trish Gribben, an intrepid guide for the day who pointed out sights in and around Auckland as we travelled the city.

Imagine the delight in being greeted by the famous Maori haka from students at Somerville Intermediate School, Howick. Described as a co-ed state school for students ages 11–13 (years 7 and 8), the school is built around the concept of a street, with classes and the library on either side. Sunshine streamed into the library, which was filled with lots of books. Students were sprawled around the room looking engaged, often working in pairs and small groups on projects. This was a wonderful start to the day.

From there it was on to Bailey Road School, another co-ed state school for students ages 5–13 (years 0–8). This school has close to 500 students from 19 ethnic groups. The remodelled library opened a few months ago after much community consultation. It is vibrant and inviting for students and their parents and is well used by both.

New Zealand has a history of nationwide service to schools, very different from the role of Canada’s national library in Gatineau. “A unique service established 75 years ago to ensure access to children’s books for all schools, the service has continued to support literacy, learning and school library development across New Zealand through lending services, professional development and online resources and support.” That says it all, but with a country population the size of Toronto, it is easier to understand how this might evolve and be achieved. After a great presentation and a delicious box lunch, we had time to tour the offices and speak to staff about their particular role in selecting materials.

Poster of Deborah Ellis’s novels on display at the Carmel College library. Photo courtesy of Catherine Mitchell.

Poster of Deborah Ellis’s novels on display at the Carmel College library. Photo courtesy of Catherine Mitchell.

Carmel College is a Catholic girls’ secondary school with over 1,000 students ages 11–17 (years 8–13). Another bright, welcoming space greeted us. Students were articulate and encouraging of questions about their work and library use. As I turned to ask the librarian if she had any Canadian authors in the collection, my eye caught this poster of Deborah Ellis’s novels, all published by Allen & Unwin in New Zealand, including her bestselling Breadwinner trilogy from Groundwood Books, and one from Pajama Press. How wonderful!

– Catherine Mitchell, IBBY Canada Past President

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Holiday Giving in Support of IBBY Canada

The holidays are just around the corner. This season, in lieu of gifts consider making a donation to IBBY Canada on behalf of your loved ones.

By making a holiday donation to IBBY’s various funds, you are realizing Jella Lepman’s vision of promoting peace through children’s literature. IBBY Canada is completely volunteer-run, and we are often the only Canadian nominating body for prestigious international awards, such as the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Your support means Canadian creators of children’s literature have a chance at international recognition. Other funds allow us to support Canadian creators or scholars directly with prize money, ensuring they are able to continue their culturally important work.

You can customize your gift by directing the donation to a particular fund, such as the Children in Crisis Fund, which provides support for children whose lives have been disrupted through war, civil disorder or natural disaster. To do so, simply add a note at checkout to indicate which fund you would like to support.

Donations can be made online on the IBBY Canada website. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation.

Happy holidays!

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Upcoming Events

November 19, 2016 (TORONTO): Join us a CANSCAIP’s Packaging Your Imagination conference for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Cleaver Award. In addition to the 2015 Cleaver Award presentation, we will be selling tickets for the Cleaver Art Raffle.

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IBBY Canada Newsletter

Editor: Katie Scott

Copy editor (English): Meghan Howe

Formatter: Camilia Kahrizi

Banner design: Martha Newbigging

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