Call for Submissions / Appel de candidatures

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: IBBY Canada’s Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program

IBBY Canada invites applications from Canadian children’s book illustrators for the second annual Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. The program provides published illustrators the opportunity to participate in a unique residency hosted by a public library, administered by IBBY Canada, and funded by Joanne’s family, with additional support from publisher Groundwood Books.

The one-month residency in October 2014 will encourage and arrange exchanges between the illustrator and the community through workshops, public readings and presentations, review of student and artist portfolios, one-on-one and/or group meetings with artists, presentations to art students, participation in online forums, and other connections with the general public, children, parents, and teachers. The estimated time for these and other activities will be up to 14 hours per week, primarily at the library. The remaining time each week is available for the illustrator to work on his or her own projects.

IBBY Canada’s Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program honours Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), who illustrated many influential Canadian children’s books, including Plain Noodles, Emily’s House, The Blue Hippopotamus, and Governor General’s Award winner Doctor Kiss Says Yes. In memory of Joanne Fitzgerald’s commitment to children’s books and illustration, her family collaborated with IBBY Canada to establish the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program.

The Toronto Public Library will host the second Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program in 2014. In 2015 and in subsequent years, in partnership with the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC), IBBY Canada will arrange for libraries in other cities and provinces to host a residency.

Submissions will be evaluated by a jury of experts in children’s books and illustration. The selected illustrator will be informed in May 2014.

Overview of IBBY Canada’s Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program 2014

  • Location: Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch at Yonge and Eglinton (future residencies will be at other libraries across the country)
  • Timing: One month residency from October 1 to 31, 2014
  • Remuneration: $4,000 for one-month term
  • Illustrator’s responsibility: travel, accommodations and meals (IBBY Canada can help find billeting accommodations, if required)
  • Submission deadline: Monday, March 3, 2014

Eligibility criteria:

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada
  • Minimum of four children’s books, published by a professional publishing house
  • Experience developing and delivering programs, workshops, readings to adults and children
  • Active in the illustrating profession; active online presence
  • Understanding of the needs of aspiring artists
  • Working on or planning to work on a new book intended for publication

Applications must include:

  1. CV or resume that includes public presentation experience and list of published books
  2. Two letters of reference about public presentation experience
  3. Suggestions for workshops and other activities for adults, as well as suggestions for kids

NOTE: Please save these application elements as a single pdf format document, arranged in the order above.

Please send application by March 3 2014 to

APPEL DE CANDIDATURES : IBBY Canada Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrateur en résidence

IBBY Canada invite les illustrateurs canadiens de livres pour enfants à soumettre leur candidature pour le deuxième volet du programme « Joanne Fitzgerald illustrateur en résidence ». Le programme, administré par IBBY Canada et financé par la famille de Joanne avec le soutien de Groundwood Books Éditeur, offre à des illustrateurs publiés l’occasion de participer à une résidence unique hébergée par une bibliothèque publique.

La résidence, d’une durée d’un mois, consiste à encourager et organiser des échanges entre l’illustrateur et la communauté à travers ateliers, lectures, présentations publiques, évaluation des portfolios soumis, réunions en tête-à-un et/ou d’un groupe avec des artistes, présentations à des étudiants en art, participation à des forums en ligne, interactions avec le grand public, les enfants, les parents et les enseignants. Le temps estimé pour ces activités et autres sera jusqu’à 14 heures par semaine, principalement à la bibliothèque. Le temps subsistant de la semaine est disponible pour que l’illustrateur travaille sur ses propres projets.

Le programme « Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrateur en résidence » d’IBBY Canada rend hommage à Joanne Fitzgerald (1956-2011), qui a illustré de nombreux livres influents pour enfants, y compris Plain Noodles, Emily’ House, The Blue Hippopotamus, et Doctor Kiss Says Yes, Prix du Gouverneur Général. À la mémoire de l’engagement de Joanne Fitzgerald à la littérature et à l’illustration pour enfants, sa famille a collaboré avec IBBY Canada à établir le programme « Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrateur en résidence ».

La Bibliothèque publique de Toronto en Ontario sera l’hôte du deuxième volet du programme « Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrateur en résidence » en 2014. En 2015 et pour les années suivantes, en partenariat avec le Conseil Canadien des Bibliothèques en milieu urbain (CBUC), IBBY Canada travaillera avec les bibliothèques des autres villes et provinces à accueillir une résidence.

Les soumissions seront évaluées par un jury d’experts de livres pour enfants et d’illustration. L’illustrateur sélectionné sera informé en mai 2014.

Vue d’ensemble du programme de Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrateur en résidence d’IBBY Canada pour 2014

  • Lieu : Bibliothèque publique de Toronto, Direction du District Nord à Yonge et Eglinton (prochaines résidences se dérouleront à d’autres bibliothèques à travers le pays)
  • Calendrier : Un mois de résidence du 1er au 31 octobre, 2014
  • Rémunération : 4000 $ pour un mois de mandate
  • Responsabilités de l’illustrateur: frais de voyage, de déplacement et d’hébergement (IBBY Canada peut aider à trouver l’hébergement si nécessaire)
  • Date limite d’inscription : Lundi le 3 mars, 2014

Critères d’éligibilité :

  • Citoyen canadien, résident permanent du Canada
  • Minimum de quatre livres pour enfants publiés par une maison d’édition professionnelle
  • Expérience d’élaboration et de prestation de programme, d’ateliers, de lectures pour les adultes et les enfants
  • Illustrateur actif actuellement ; présence active sur le web
  • Comprendre les besoins des artistes en herbe
  • Travaillant sur ou envisageant de travailler sur un nouveau livre destiné à la publication

Les demandes doivent comprendre :

  1. CV, incluant une liste des livres publiés
  2. Plusieurs suggestions détaillées d’ateliers ou de programmes pour cette résidence
  3. Résumé de l’expérience de présentation
  4. Deux lettres de recommandation sur l’expérience de présentation au public

NOTE: Veuillez sauvegarder ces éléments d’application comme un seul document en format pdf, disposés dans l’ordre ci-dessus.

Veuillez faire parvenir les demandes par voie électronique, avant le 3 mars 2014, à :

IBBY Appeal for Syrian Children in Lebanon

The news that is coming from Syria is shocking, tragic and terribly sad. Refugees are pouring over the borders in their thousands and by the beginning of September there were estimated to be 723,000 refugees in Lebanon – for a country with a population of just under 4 million people that is a lot of extra people to cope with. By the end of this year the number of Syrian children refugees is expected to reach half a million in Lebanon.

Aid for shelter, food and medicines is steadily arriving from international donors, but as we know food and shelter is not enough for the children living through this terrible conflict. IBBY believes that children who are suffering from natural disaster, displacement, war and its aftermath, desperately need books and stories as well as food, shelter, clothing and medicines. These are necessities and are not mutually exclusive.

Aid agencies working with the children have noted that most of them are showing classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Even though the children are now hundreds of miles away from the front lines of the war, they are haunted by what they saw and what they lived through

The Lebanese Board on Books for Young People (LBBY) is a registered organization that is concerned with the well being of children and the promotion of reading. It has participated in the development and installation of numerous school libraries. It has also addressed the psycho-emotional needs of Lebanese children and young people after the civil war (1975-90) and the 2006 war with Israel through a special programme designed for that purpose.

The Nasma Learning and Resource Centre, established by Al Huda society for Social Care, is a registered organization that concentrates on the needs of underprivileged students from public schools with the motto “Give them an Opportunity.” Nasma has already worked with displaced Syrian children during the scholastic year 2011-2012 and has succeeded in helping them cope with the challenges they were meeting in their new environment.

Nasma and LBBY are particularly concerned with the thousands of Syrian children that have been arriving in Lebanon looking for refuge from the violence their communities are being exposed to. This state of affairs was no choice of theirs, but they were caught in it and many are suffering its consequences on their physical, social, emotional and academic levels. Together LBBY and Nasma will work to help these children and their families.

Dr Julinda Abu Nasr from the Lebanese American University and Dr John Chimanti from the American University of Beirut designed a project based on research done in Lebanon during the 16-year war, that ended in 1990. This activity is now being proposed for the current situation. The therapeutic programme using books, theatre, and other methods to help children understand their own feelings, express them and recognise those of others was administered to 5,000 children between the ages of 7-14, who were exposed to violence during the war and then the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006. In both situations the results achieved with children proved successful and rewarding.

It was also shown that once the teachers were trained in the techniques presented on the academic or the psycho-social levels, it enhanced their teaching skills and their work with the children continued to improve. It has also a rippling effect since the trainees can teach others the techniques they learn.

Please help us to help IBBY Lebanon bring relief to the children caught up in this latest disaster that has struck again at the very people who struggle throughout their normal lives.

All donations are welcome. You can donate through the IBBY website by using a credit card or by making direct transfers using your bank: follow the following link: IBBY Children in Crisis Fund.

Send a donation to IBBY and the IBBY National Section of Lebanon will use it to help these children that are so lost and in need of help.

The Library Tree Event Dates

Join us as we celebrate Deborah Cowley’s new book The Library Tree! The book traces the inspiring story of Kathy Knowles and the Osu Children’s Library Fund, winner of the 2010 IBBY-Asahi award.

Library TreeOfficial book launch! Thursday October 3, 2013, Winnipeg
McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park, 7:00 pm
Info: John Toews or (204) 453 – 0424 ext 227

Friday October 4, Portage la Prairie
Portage Public Library, 40 Royal Rd N, 6:30 pm
Info: Emilie Wall at or (204) 857-9338

Monday October 7, 2013, Vancouver
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3811 Point Grey Rd, 7:00 pm
Info: Nancy Garrett at or (604) 224-2181

Tuesday October 8, 2013, Victoria
Dales Gallery, 537 Fisgard St, 5:00 pm
Info: Alison Trembath at or (250) 383-1552

Sunday October 20, 2013, Ottawa
Rockcliffe Park Public Library, 380 Springfield Rd, 4:00 p.m.
Info: or (613) 580-2424 Ext 36058

Wednesday October 23, Guelph
The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St, 7 pm
Info: Wendy Macfadzean at or (519) 827-0573

Friday October 25, 2013, Toronto
Sue and Steve Howe, 166 Roxborough Dr, 7:00 pm
RSVP: or (416) 969-0333

IBBY Announces the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury & Nominees

The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international distinction given to authors and illustrators of children’s books. Given every other year by IBBY, the Hans Christian Andersen Awards recognize lifelong achievement and are given to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children’s literature.
The 2014 Jury, selected by IBBY’s Executive Committee from nominations made by its national sections, comprises the following ten distinguished members from across the globe. Jury President María Jesús Gil (Madrid, Spain) will lead the Jury to select the winners of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Awards.

  • Anastasia Arkhipova Illustrator, chair of the board of the Association of Moscow Book Illustrators and Designers, Moscow, Russia.
  • Fanuel Hanan Diaz Editor, author and researcher, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Sabine Fuchs University lecturer in children’s literature, Graz, Austria.
  • Sang-Wook Kim Professor in children’s literature at the Chuncheon National University of Education, Seoul, Korea.
  • Enrique Pérez Díaz Author and publisher, Havana, Cuba.
  • Deborah Soria Book-seller and promoter of children’s literature, Rome, Italy.
  • Susan M. Stan Professor of children’s literature at the Central Michigan University, USA.
  • Sahar Tarhandeh Independent researcher in children’s literature, freelance graphic designer and art director, Tehran, Iran.
  • Erik Titusson Publisher and former Director of the ALMA, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Ayfer Gürdal Ünal Writer, critic, and lecturer at the Bhosphorous University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Former IBBY Vice President Elda Nogueira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and IBBY Executive Director Liz Pageare ex officio Jury members.
The following nominees have been submitted for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Awards by the National Sections of IBBY. For the 2014 Awards 29 authors and 31 illustrators have been nominated from 34 countries.

  • Argentina: author María Cristina Ramos; illustrator Isol
  • Australia: author Nadia Wheatley; illustrator Ron Brooks
  • Austria: author Renate Welsh; illustrator Linda Wolfsgruber
  • Azerbaijan: author Sevinj Nurugizi
  • Belgium: author Frank Andriat; illustrator Carll Cneut
  • Brazil: author Joel Rufino dos Santos; illustrator Roger Mello
  • Canada: author Kenneth Oppel; illustrator Philippe Béha
  • China: author Hongying Yang; illustrator Liang Xiong
  • Croatia: illustrator Svjetlan Junaković
  • Denmark: author Lene Kaaberbøl; illustrator Charlotte Pardi
  • Estonia: author Aino Pervik
  • Finland: author Kirsi Kunnas; illustrator Pekka Vuori
  • France: author Jean-Claude Mourlevat; illustrator François Place
  • Germany: author Mirjam Pressler; illustrator Rotraut Susanne Berner
  • Greece: author Sofia Madouvalou; illustrator Daniela Stamatiadi
  • Iran: author Houshang Moradi Kermani
  • Ireland: author Eoin Colfer; illustrator PJ Lynch
  • Italy: author Bianca Pitzorno; illustrator Fabian Negrin
  • Japan: author Nahoko Uehashi; illustrator Ken Katayama
  • Republic of Korea: author Jin-Kyung Kim; illustrator Byoung-Ho Han
  • Latvia: illustrator Reinis Petersons
  • Netherlands: author Ted van Lieshout; illustrator Marit Törnqvist
  • Norway: author Bjørn Sortland; illustrator Øyvind Torseter
  • Portugal: author António Torrado; illustrator Teresa Lima
  • Russia: author Vladislav Krapivin; illustrator Igor Oleinikov
  • Serbia: author Ljubivoje Ršumović; illustrator Dobrosav Zivković
  • Slovakia: author Daniel Hevier; illustrator Peter Uchnár
  • Slovenia: author Polonca Kova; illustrator Alenka Sottler
  • Spain: illustrator Javier Zabala
  • Sweden: illustrator Eva Lindström
  • Switzerland: illustrator Albertine
  • Turkey: author Serpil Ural; illustrator Saadet Ceylan
  • UK: author Jacqueline Wilson; illustrator John Burningham
  • USA: author Jacqueline Woodson; illustrator Bryan Collier

The Jury President will guide the judging process and preside at the jury meeting 15-16 March 2014. The shortlist will be disseminated immediately following the Jury meeting and the winners will be announced at the IBBY Press Conference at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair on Monday, 24 March 2014.

Le prix IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver est décerné à l’illustratice Isabelle Arsenault

IBBY Canada est heureuse d’annoncer que l’illustratrice Isabelle Arsenault est le récipiendaire de l’édition 2013 du prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour le livre «Virginia Wolf», écrit par Kyo Maclear et publié par Kids Can Press. «Virginia Wolf» est une libre adaptation de la vie de l’écrivain Virginia Woolf (qui souffrait de dépression) et de sa sœur, peintre Vanessa Bell.

Le prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver sera remis à Isabelle Arsenault lors d’une présentation mercredi le 24 avril à 12:45h au troisième étage de la Bibliothèque Père Ambroise, 2093 rue de La Visitation à Montréal en collaboration avec le Festival Métropolis Bleu. 

Isabelle Arsenault a reçu le Prix du Gouverneur général en 2004 pour son premier livre illustré pour enfants. Elle a illustré de nombreux livres pour enfants, depuis lors, et a reçu son deuxième Prix du Gouverneur général en 2012 pour «Virginia Wolf». Isabelle vit et travaille à Montréal.

Le jury du Prix Cleaver était composé de Lina Gordaneer, une bibliothécaire de Montréal, Mélanie Fishbane, marchandiseur et rédactrice en chef de littérature jeunesse chez Indigo Books et candidate MFA au programme de rédaction en littérature jeunesse du Vermont College of Fine Arts et Susane Duchesne, présidente de IBBY Canada, responsable du Secteur jeunesse de la Librairie Monet et candidate en maîtrise des Sciences de l’information de l’Université de Montréal. Les commentaires du jury sur «Virginia Wolf»:

“Un traitement sans prétention de la dépression qui ne diminue en rien son caractère poignant. Les illustrations d’Isabelle Arsenault égayent l’histoire. Commençant par une touche de rouge et de bleu ici et là, la tristesse, incarnée dans les noirs et les gris qui empiètent sur la page dans un nuage de désordre, entoure et envahit Virginie, elle devient une ombre d’elle-même. Quand Virginie commence à peindre et que l’atmosphère devient moins lourde, plus de couleurs apparaissent subtilement alors que l’obscurité s’estompe. Arsenault rappelle Virginie et les lecteurs que le monde est rempli de beauté. ”

Le prix IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver, créé en 1985,  vise à reconnaître le talent artistique exceptionnel d’un illustrateur canadien de livres pour enfants publié en anglais ou en français. Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver – laisse dans son 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 destinataire reçoit 1000 $.

IBBY: L’Union internationale pour les livres de jeunesse ( a été créée en 1953, c’est 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.

IBBY Canada Cleaver Picture Book Award to illustrator Isabelle Arsenault

IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that illustrator Isabelle Arsenault is the winner of the IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award for Virginia Wolf, written by Kyo Maclear (Kids Can Press, 2012). Virginia Wolf is loosely based on the writer Virginia Woolf (who suffered from depression) and her sister the painter Vanessa Bell. 

The Cleaver Award was presented to Isabelle Arsenault on Wednesday, April 24 at 12:45, at the Père Ambroise Library, 2093 rue de la Visitation, 3rd floor, in Montreal.

Isabelle Arsenault’s first illustrated children’s book received the Governor General’s Award in 2004. She has illustrated many children’s books since then, and received her second Governor General’s Award in 2012 for Virginia Wolf. Isabelle lives and works in Montreal.

The Cleaver Award jury was made up of Lina Gordaneer, a Montreal librarian; Melanie Fishbane, Online Merchandiser and Editor for Kids and Teen books at Indigo Books and MFA candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children’s and Young Adults program; and Susane Duchesne, IBBY Canada President and Responsable du secteur jeunesse, Librairie Monet. The jury’s comments on Virginia Wolf:

“An un-precious treatment of depression that never diminishes its poignancy. Isabelle Arsenault’s illustrations illuminate the story. She begins with a touch of red and blue here and there. Then the sadness, embodied in blacks and greys that encroach on the page in a messy cloud, surrounds and engulfs Virginia as she becomes a dark shadow of herself. When Virginia starts painting and as the spirit changes, more colours begin to subtly appear as the darkness recedes. Arsenault reminds Virginia and the readers that the world is full of beauty.”

The IBBY Canada 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 (, founded in 1953, represents an international network of people committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada is one of over 70 national sections worldwide. IBBY Canada is a volunteer organization promoting quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit