IBBY Canada AGM / Assemblée Générale Annuelle d’IBBY Canada

You’re Invited: IBBY Canada AGM

Mark your calendars! IBBY Canada’s annual general meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, 2014. Please join us at 9:30 a.m. for coffee; we will begin promptly at 10 a.m.

All IBBY Canada members are welcome to join. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the executive, hear about the past year’s accomplishments, renew your membership (cash or cheque only), and find out what’s in store for the year ahead. Why not bring a friend or colleague to help them discover IBBY Canada? We hope to see you there!

Location: Northern District Library, Room 200, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto


Vous êtes invités à l’Assemblée Générale Annuelle d’IBBY Canada

À vos calendriers! L’Assemblée générale annuelle (AGA) d’IBBY Canada est prévue pour le samedi 1 mars 2014. Venez vous joindre à nous à 9h30 pour le café, la réunion débutera à 10 heures.

Tous les membres d’IBBY Canada sont invités à participer. C’est une belle occasion de rencontrer l’exécutif, de vous informer sur les accomplissements de l’année écoulée, renouveler votre carte de membre (espèces ou chèque seulement) et de découvrir ce qui se présente pour l’année à venir. Bienvenue à tous et pourquoi ne pas emmener un ami ou collègue pour lui faire découvrir IBBY Canada.

Lieu: Northern District Library, salle 200, 40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto.

You’re Invited: IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities Launches at Toronto Public Library

IBBY Canada invites you to join us at the official launch of the IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities at Toronto Public Library on Thursday, February 27, 2014. The launch will be hosted at North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St., 2nd floor auditorium (North York Centre subway stop) from 5:30–7:00 p.m.

This collection of over 4,000 titles represents the best books from around the world for children and teens with disabilities. In addition to the extensive collection, the library will offer invaluable information and consultation services to the public. The launch will provide a great chance to see the books and to share information about IBBY with other agencies, school board contacts, and librarians who work with young people with disabilities.

Can’t come on February 27? Email Leigh Turina at ibby@torontopubliclibrary.ca or call 416-395-5630 to arrange a tour. Want to help? If you have some expertise with languages or disabilities, just email to become a virtual friend.


Vous êtes invités : Lancement de La Collection d’IBBY sur les livres pour enfants handicapés à la Bibliothèque publique de Toronto

IBBY Canada vous invite à vous joindre à nous lors du lancement officiel de La Collection d’IBBY sur les livres pour enfants handicapés à la Bibliothèque publique de Toronto, le jeudi 27 Février 2014 de 17:30 à 19:00. Le lancement aura lieu à North York Central Library, 5120 rue Yonge, à l’auditorium du 2ème étage (station de métro North York Centre).

Cette collection de plus de 4000 titres représente les meilleurs livres du monde pour les enfants et adolescents qui ont un handicap. En plus de la vaste collection, la bibliothèque offrira des informations précieuses et des services de consultation au public. Le lancement sera une excellente occasion de consulter les livres et de partager des informations sur IBBY avec d’autres organismes, conseils scolaires et bibliothécaires qui travaillent avec des jeunes handicapés.

Vous ne pouvez être présent le 27 Février? Contacter Leigh Turina par courriel à ibby@torontopubliclibrary.ca ou téléphoner au 416-395-5630 pour réserver une visite à une date ultérieure. Vous voulez aider? Si vous avez une certaine expertise avec les langues ou les personnes handicapées, envoyez un courriel pour devenir un ami virtuel.

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 promotions@ibby-canada.org.


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 : promotions@ibby-canada.org

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 events@grant.mcnallyrobinson.ca 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 wallemilie@hotmail.com or (204) 857-9338

Monday October 7, 2013, Vancouver
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3811 Point Grey Rd, 7:00 pm
Info: Nancy Garrett at ngarrett2611@gmail.com or (604) 224-2181

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

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

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

Friday October 25, 2013, Toronto
Sue and Steve Howe, 166 Roxborough Dr, 7:00 pm
RSVP: suehowe@rogers.com 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.