Canadian Titles on IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities List

There are 14 Canadian titles of 60 on the IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities List, a biennial catalogue of the best titles catering to children and youth with disabilities. This curated selection is shown around the world, including at the Bologna Book Fair, and the books are housed at the Haug School and Resource Centre near Oslo. Here are the Canadian selections:
Torrie & The Snake-Prince by K.V. Johansen (Annick Press)
The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara (Annick Press)
Free as a Bird by Gina McMurphy-Barber (Dundurn)
La clé by Angèle Delaunois, illustrated by Christine Delezenne (Editions de l’Isatis)
Une petite bouteille jaune by Angèle Delaunois, illustrated by Christine Delezenne (Editions de l’Isatis)
Pied-de-Puce by Sylvie Nicolas, illustrated by Marion Arbona (Éditions Trampoline)
Boy in Motion by Ainslie Manson, illustrated by Renné Benoit (Greystone)
In Front of My House by Marianne Dubuc (Kids Can Press)
Me and You by Geneviève Côté (Kids Can Press)
Spork by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Kids Can Press)
Willow’s Whispers by Lana Button, illustrated by Tania Howells (Kids Can Press)
Terre de glaces by Louise-Michelle Sauriol (Les editions de soleil de minuit)
The Lucky One by Deborah Cowley, photos by Kathy Knowles (OSU Children’s Library Fund)
To Stand On My Own: The Polio Epidemic Diary of Noreen Robertson by Barbara Haworth-Attard (Scholastic)

Laptops for Liberia

Can you imagine, as a writer, not having your own computer? Having access to only a few public computers, at the library, which isn’t always open? And, when your chance to use one of the computers does arise, having your time on it limited because demand for its use is high? Or maybe, when your turn comes, the generators go down and you have to wait till next week to continue your work?

That’s the situation for most Liberian writers Kathy Stinson has had the privilege of working with for the past three years, as a volunteer for CODE (the Canadian Organization for Development through Education) and the We Care Foundation in Liberia.

Meanwhile, how many writers in Canada have laptop computers gathering dust in their closets, having upgraded to a newer model in recent months, or will soon have a laptop they don’t need because there’s an upgrade in their near future?

The contrast between dire need and likely availability led Kathy to the idea of “Laptops for Liberia”. If she can find some not-too-old laptops that would be of value to writers in Liberia, CODE has agreed to pay the not-insubstantial cost of shipping them there, as a way of supporting the Reading Liberia program which is designed to create Liberian-authored books for Liberian children. We Care in Liberia is working out details of fair distribution of any laptops that are donated.

So Kathy is now reaching out to her Canadian friends and colleagues through her blog, CANSCAIP, IBBY Canada (who originally arranged for her involvement in “Reading Liberia”), and The Writers’ Union of Canada. Whether you write for children or adults, novels, short stories, poetry, non-fiction, or picture book texts, and whether you’ve upgraded your computer recently or expect to in the near future, she hopes you’ll consider donating your used laptop to “Laptops for Liberia”.

You can email Kathy to let her know of your interest in doing so at kathy@kathystinson.com. Please put Laptops for Liberia in the subject line. Find out more about the Reading Liberia program at http://www.codecan.org/get-involved/reading-code/reading-liberia, about the We Care Foundation at http://www.codecan.org/our-partners/wcf, or about Kathy’s involvement with Reading Liberia at http://www.kathystinson.com/category/liberia/.

Vous êtes invités à l’AGA IBBY Canada

L’assemblée générale annuelle de IBBY Canada aura lieu à 9 h le samedi 3 mars, à la bibliothèque Runnymede. Joignez vous à nous pour des rafraîchissements et venez entendre parler de nos activités en 2011 et de nos plans pour 2012. Le conseil d’administration et les conseillers régionaux sortants, entrants, et de longue date seront ravis de vous rencontrer!

Le bibliothèque Runnymede, au 2178 rue Bloor Ouest, est située deux rues à l’est de la station de métro Runnymede. Il est possible de stationner de l’autre côté de la rue, au sud de Bloor, mais ce stationnement est payant. Par contre, il y a des parcomètres sur la rue Bloor et du stationnement gratuit sur Glendonwynne Road.

You’re Invited to IBBY Canada’s AGM

IBBY Canada’s Annual General Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 at the Runnymede branch of the Toronto Public Library. Join us for refreshments and to hear about our activities in 2011 and our plans for 2012. The outgoing, incoming, and long-standing executive officers will be excited to meet you!

The Runnymede Library (2178 Bloor Street West) is two blocks east of the Runnymede subway station. There is a pay parking lot across the street on the south side of Bloor Street, metered parking along Bloor, and limited free parking on Glendonwynne Road.

A generous gift for IBBY Canada!

‘Tis the season for giving, and the Literary Prizes Foundation has given a wonderful gift to IBBY Canada–a cheque for $5,000! The Literary Prizes Foundation finances the Burt Prize for African Literature, administered by IBBY Canada’s sister organization, the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE). IBBY Canada has selected several Canadian authors who have helped CODE establish writing and publishing programs in various African countries. Some of the authors include Peter Carver, Hadley Dyer, Ted Staunton, and Kathy Stinton.

We’d like to thank the Literary Prizes Foundation for their generous support of IBBY Canada. Our shared goals and values will ensure this money goes toward projects that bring together children and quality books.

IBBY Canada’s 2012 Honour List

The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books that are representative of the best in children’s literature. Each IBBY National Section selects the best books in particular categories (depending on how many official languages are recognized by that country). The Honour List provides insight into the diverse cultural, political, and social settings in which children live around the world and is used to develop educational and literacy programmes to develop exemplary international collections.

Here are IBBY Canada’s selections:

  • English Text: The Nine Lives of Travis Keating by Jill MacLean (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Translation French to English: Today, Maybe (Aujourd’hui, peut-être), written by Dominique Demers, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard, and translated by Sheila Fischman (Orca Books)
  • Illustration: The Imaginary Garden, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher and written by Andrew Larsen (Kids Can Press)
  • French Text: La saison des pluies, by Mario Brassard (Soulières Éditeur)
  • Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) Text: The Gift of the Stars / Ananagoog Meegiwaewinan by Basil Johnston (Kegedonce Press)

The selection jury consisted of Lisa Doucet (co-manager, Woozles Children’s Bookstore), Ann Foster (librarian, Saskatoon Public Library), Vikki VanSickle (children’s book author), Susane Duchesne (bookseller, Librairie Monet), Alice Lienard (assistant editor, La Courte echelle), Olivia Marleau (youth section librarian, Ville de Montreal), Patty Lawlor (First Nations Consultant, Southern Ontario Library Service), and Sheila Staats (Native Information Specialist, Goodminds.com).

Winners will be presented with their certificates at the 33rd IBBY Congress in London, England in August.