Recent Russell Grant winner shortlisted for book award

Picturing Canada: A History of Canadian Children’s Illustrated Books and Publishing (University of Toronto Press) has been shortlisted for the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Book Prize, under the humanities category in English.

Authors Gail Edwards and Judith Saltman won IBBY Canada’s Frances E. Russell Grant–a $1,000 prize–in 2007. The Russell Grant supports research for a publishable work on Canadian children’s literature, giving authors a financial boost in often costly endeavours. Ms. Saltman said, “We’re so grateful to IBBY Canada and the Frances Russell jury for research support and encouragement.”

Could your work be the next Picturing Canada? IBBY Canada is currently accepting applications for the 2011 Frances E. Russell Grant. For more information, please click here. The deadline for proposals is May 31, 2011.

Register your interest for the 33rd IBBY International Congress

The official website of the 33rd IBBY International Congress, which will take place August 23-26, 2012, in London, England, is now up and running. The theme of the Congress is “Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations.”

Check out the website here and click on “register” to be added to an email list. The organizers will notify you when more information is available, including when Congress registration begins.

Patsy Aldana Appointed to the Order of Canada

IBBY Canada congratulates Patricia Aldana on her recent appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada. Patsy was one of 54 new appointments announced by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. The Order of Canada recognizes a “lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation.” We were particularly pleased to see that Patsy’s citation recognized “her contributions to children’s publishing in Canada and around the world.” The announcement is available to view here.

Founder of Groundwood Books, one of Canada’s pioneer and pre-eminent publishers of outstanding children’s books, Patsy has been a tireless advocate for children and reading through her leadership roles in publishing associations, school library coalitions and the TD National Reading Summits.

During her recent four-year tenure as the President of IBBY, Patsy forged new partnerships with like-minded organizations, strengthened the national sections, and worked tirelessly for the the Children in Crisis and The Child’s Right to Become a Reader programs. Her efforts were highlighted in a January 2011 Globe and Mail editorial, available here.

Our warmest congratulations to a remarkable woman!


Mark your calendars! IBBY Canada’s annual general meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 26 at the Runnymede Public Library (2178 Bloor Street West) in Toronto. Come hear about all of our activities from this busy year and meet other active IBBY members from the children’s publishing community, including librarians, editors, authors, and scholars. Refreshments will be served.

Join the Discussion on Canada’s Reading Strategy

Registration is now open for the second TD National Reading Summit: Toward a Nation of Readers. IBBY Canada is a founding partner of the National Reading Campaign.

The summit will be held in Montreal January 20-21, 2011, and features an outstanding lineup of speakers including Mr. Li, principal of Nanshan Experimental School in Shenzen, China’s leader in reading promotion; France Desmarais of Communication-Jeunesse; children’s author Shane Peacock; John Ralston Saul; composer and conductor Dr. John Kim Bell; singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark; author Jon Scieszka; Clara N. Bohrer, Chair of Every Child Ready to Read; Craig Alexander, Chief Economist from TD Bank; and many more. Members are encouraged to register and attend the summit, either in person or by webcast. Program and registration details are available online at /

IBBY Congress 2010 Speeches and Photos Available

Unable to attend the 32nd IBBY Congress in Santiago de Compostela this past September? Grab a glass of sangria and pretend you’re in Spain as you access the speeches and seminars and view photos of the five-day Congress. Can you spot IBBY Canada President Patricia Ocampo?

Be sure to check out IBBY Canada member Joanne Schwartz’s seminar on the emergence of Inuit children’s books and the moving acceptance speech by Joana Felih and Kathy Knowles of the OSU Children’s Library Fund, the IBBY Canada-nominated winner of the Asahi Award.