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.

IBBY’s partner CODE is hiring a Literary Awards Officer

The Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) is looking for a Literary Awards Officer. This is a full-time position located in Ottawa. The successful candidate will lead all aspects of CODE’s Burt Award for African Literature and its expansion. Since this is a fairly unique position, the job description is at best a guideline, describing a wide range of hoped-for experiences from publishing, literary awards, marketing and communications, to strategic planning and international development. Anyone with experience in one and interest in the rest is encouraged to apply. Good luck!

Literary Awards Officer JD

2010 Aubry Award to Andrea Deakin and Chantal Vaillancourt

IBBY Canada is thrilled to announce that Andrea Deakin and Chantal Vaillancourt are the recipients of the 2010 Claude Aubry Award for distinguished service in the field of children’s literature. Andrea Deakin has promoted Canadian children’s literature extensively throughout her career as a teacher, syndicated book reviewer, and correspondent for the UK review journal ACHUKA. Chantal Vaillancourt has worked for over 20 years in publishing and reading promotion.

Andrea Deakin will be presented with her Aubry Award in Edmonton on Thursday, October 27th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library (Lower Level, Rutherford Library, University of Alberta). Chantal Vaillancourt will receive her Aubry Award at the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal on Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m., in conjunction with the gala presentation of the French language TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.

For more information on the Aubry Award and the 2010 recipients, visit our Aubry award page or read the press release here.

Call for Papers on “Children’s Literature and Imaginative Geography”

In October 2012, the Department of English at the University of Ottawa will host a symposium on “Children’s Literature and Imaginative Geography: Past, Present, and Future.”

For Tolkien, the Realm of Faerie defined an imaginative place. That sense of place not only defined fairy tales for him; it made the magic of fairy tales possible. It was at the beginning, at the root of fairy tales. Story begins in a place. An imaginative place is also the backdrop of a children’s novel, poem, or play; it IS the world of Story. Whether realistic, fantastic, historical, gothic, or nonsensical, a work of fiction has its own geography. The giant sequoia on a prehistoric island opens Kenneth Oppel’s Darkwing, and defines the soon to be destroyed safety of its colony of chiropters, Oppel’s imagined prehistoric bats. The North shapes the adventures and redemption of protagonist Burl Crow in Tim Wynne-Jones’s The Maestro. P.E.I. inspires and nurtures Anne of Green Gables; her own imagination grows out of her love of the Island. Fantastic geographies, whether in the past or present, can be small or epic in scope: Lilliput or Middle-earth, the Hundred Acre Wood or Narnia, the house of the Other Mother in Coraline or the dark multitudinous worlds of the Inkheart trilogy to name a few.

Cyberspace cannot be mapped like a place on Earth, but it plays a role in present day imaginative geography. It is a place of websites, blogs, e-mails, and tweets, and enables the downloading of books, as well as the creation of interactive fictional worlds. Computers, cell phones, e-readers, and tablets connect us to imaginary places. Cyberspace has also helped make our world into a global village, where it is not so strange to read children’s literature from around the world, whether about the Australian Outback, Nazi Germany, India, or the thick woods of early Canada. The imaginative geography of children’s literature is the focus of this conference. Where has it been? Where is it now? Where is it going?

Among the keynote speakers are Kenneth Oppel, Alan Cumyn, and Margot Hillel.

Please send electronic or paper proposals by November 15, 2011 to Aïda Hudson at ahudson@uottawa.ca or Amy Einarsson at aeina018@uottawa.ca

Volunteer Editors Needed for CODE’s Reading Liberia Program

IBBY Canada’s partner organization, the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE), needs volunteer editors for their Reading Liberia program. The aim of the Reading Liberia program is to help guide Liberian writers and artists in creating quality children’s books. The larger aim is for Liberians to have a self-sustaining children’s publishing community that creates books in which Liberian children can recognize themselves. These stories will be their stories.

Editors will mentor Liberian writers and illustrators by e-mail and phone. Manuscripts will be available for review starting September 1, and editors will be able to work on their own schedules, though the time commitment is anticipated to stretch to May 2012. This is an opportunity to help others who are passionate about connecting children with books. IBBY Canada member Kathy Stinson has shared her Reading Liberia experience here: http://www.kathystinson.com/2011/06/29/reading-liberia-june-2011.

Please contact Meddie Mayanja, Liberia Program Manager at CODE at mmayanja@codecan.org or call toll free 1.800.661.2633.