You’re Invited: IBBY Luncheon with Andy Jones

IBBY Canada and the Toronto Storytelling Festival invite you to a luncheon with one of Newfoundland’s favourite sons – Andy Jones.

Friday, March 31, 2017
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Free Times Cafe
320 College Street (2 blocks west of Spadina)

Andy Jones is Newfoundland’s best-known storyteller. He has been a professional writer, actor, and storyteller for over forty years. He has extensively toured, to critical acclaim, across Canada as well as to Glasgow (Scotland) and Waterford (Ireland). Andy Jones is well-known in Canada as one of the groundbreaking members of the Newfoundland comedy troupe CODCO. Andy’s prize-winning retellings of traditional Jack tales are published by Running Goat Press.

Andy’s books will be available for sale at the event.

Chicken and vegetarian buffet, including hst and gratuity – $20.00
(Drinks not included.)

Seating is limited. RSVP to Theo Heras at theoheras@gmail.com.

Call for Submissions: 2017 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program

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IBBY Canada invites submissions from Canadian children’s book illustrators for the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program, for the month of October 2017, hosted at the Toronto Public Library Northern District Branch. Submissions are evaluated by a jury with expertise in children’s books and illustration. The submission deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017.

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program is a joint project of IBBY Canada, Toronto Public Library, Edmonton Public Library, and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. The program is funded by the family of Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), whose books include Plain Noodles, Emily’s House, The Blue Hippopotamus and Doctor Kiss Says Yes (winner of the Governor General’s Award).  The Illustrator in Residence in previous years has been Martha Newbigging (2013 in Toronto), Patricia Storms (2014 in Toronto), John Martz (2015 in Toronto) and Dianna Bonder (2016 in Edmonton).

Overview of IBBY Canada’s Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program in 2017:

  • Held at Toronto Public Library Northern District Branch (at Yonge, north of Eglinton) from October 1 to 31, 2017
  • The illustrator leads art activities for classes of children, makes presentations to adults and students, and offers individual portfolio reviews
  • The illustrator’s original work is exhibited in the art gallery in the library
  • Remuneration of $4,000 provided to the illustrator, plus up to $300 for art supplies
  • Travel, accommodation and meals are the responsibility of the illustrator
  • The illustrator will provide about 20 to 25 programming hours per week, with some evening and possible weekend events

Requirements for illustrators:

  • Has illustrated four or more professionally-published children’s books, with publication of a new book expected within the next few years
  • Experienced in developing and delivering programs for kids, teens and adults
  • Is friendly and empathetic, with an understanding of the needs of aspiring artists
  • Has preparatory sketches and finished work that can be displayed in the library’s art gallery
  • Is available for the month of October 2017 (the illustrator is not scheduled on every day)
  • Is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Send submissions by Friday, April 28, 2017 to promotions@ibby-canada.org.  Submissions must be a single attachment of a Word or PDF document that includes:

  • Your ideas for workshops and presentations for different audiences: school kids, adults, high school/college students (see Programming Guidelines on next page)
  • CV that includes your presentation experience and published books (include publisher and year)
  • Letters of reference (2) about your presentation experience

Programming Guidelines

The selected illustrator will lead the following types of workshops and presentations. We encourage illustrators to propose creative and engaging programming ideas, and also be open to suggestions from the library and IBBY Canada.

Workshops for Grades 2 to 6
Classes of about 30 kids from Grades 2 to 6 come to the library to participate in 90-minute workshops led by the illustrator; teachers are there to supervise the class. The workshops are scheduled in the morning and afternoon on 2 days of each week in October, about 15 workshops in total. Since a different class comes each time, workshop content can be similar/the same for all the classes, perhaps with modifications for different ages. Workshops must include a hands-on art activity, with everyone creating a piece (or group project) they take with them. The illustrator provides the art materials (costs of materials is reimbursed).  The workshop can also include short presentations with projected visuals such as PowerPoint, but most of the time should be spent on the hands-on art activities.

Adult presentations
Presentations for adults are 60 minutes, scheduled in the library on 1 evening of each week in October, about 5 adult presentations in total.  The content of each presentation should be different, since the same people often come back.  The focus should be on topics like getting started as an illustrator, work opportunities for illustrators, promoting illustration work, building a portfolio, and illustrating for publishers. Adult presentations should include projected visuals such as PowerPoint.  Hands-on art activities aren’t recommended for adult presentations.

Student presentations at high schools and colleges
High school presentations are held at the school or college, not in the library.  Presentations for student audiences can be similar to those for adults.  Presentations in schools are about 45 to 60 minutes long, depending on each school’s class schedules.

Portfolio reviews
Artists and art students can book individual 30-minute portfolio review meetings with the illustrator for feedback on the artwork they bring with them. Portfolio reviews are held in the library, on 1 evening of each week in October, with up to 6 portfolio reviews scheduled per evening.  A program coordinator books the portfolio reviews, and the illustrator receives an ongoing updated schedule.

Cleaver Art Raffle

IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that tickets are now available to purchase for the Cleaver Art Raffle. The raffle celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, which recognizes outstanding artistic talent in a Canadian picture book. In support of IBBY Canada, the raffle offers the unique opportunity to own a signed illustration from Isabelle Arsenault, a Cleaver Award–winning illustrator of children’s books.

1st PRIZE: original cover art from Once Upon a Northern Night(Groundwood Books, 2013), signed by Isabelle Arsenault

1st PRIZE: original cover art from Once Upon a Northern Night (Groundwood Books, 2013), signed by Isabelle Arsenault

2nd PRIZE: Giclée print from Virginia Wolf (Kids Can Press, 2012), signed by Isabelle Arsenault

2nd PRIZE: Giclée print from Virginia Wolf (Kids Can Press, 2012), signed by Isabelle Arsenault

Tickets are $25 CAD and can be purchased online through IBBY Canada’s website until November 30, 2016. The raffle is open to residents of Canada and the United States.

About IBBY Canada
IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Canada is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide children with access to books and literacy programs, introduce Canadian children’s literature to the world, and promote exceptional international children’s literature in Canada. This is done through our national awards and programs, nominations for prestigious international awards such as the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and partnerships with Canadian literacy organizations. For more information, please visit us online at www.ibby-canada.org.

For further information contact:

Katie Scott
IBBY Canada board member
newsletter@ibby-canada.org

EPL to host Illustrator in Residence program this fall

Artist and children’s book illustrator Dianna Bonder will be in Edmonton October 17 through November 10

For immediate release:

JFIR logoEDMONTON, AB, October 17, 2016 – Artists of all ages and abilities are in for a treat, as artist and children’s book illustrator Dianna Bonder is taking up residence at the Edmonton Public Library (EPL).

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Canada Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program launched at the Toronto Public Library in 2013 in memory of children’s illustrator Joanne Fitzgerald and, for the first time, is extending beyond that region.

“I know I’m not alone in being constantly curious, and therefore inspired to create stories through art and illustration,” said Bonder. “I’m thrilled to be joining EPL. It’s going to be a fun few weeks working alongside both accomplished and aspiring artists in Edmonton, helping them bring their dreams to life through their work.”

Bonder will host workshops for adults, art activities for children and students, and present to high school and post-secondary classes, as well as hold one-on-one portfolio reviews. Her original artwork will also be on display at the Stanley A. Milner Library from October 17 to November 10.

Bonder studied fine arts, illustration and design, and has worked as a commercial artist. After the success of her first book The Pacific Alphabet in 2001 other books followed, including Accidental Alphabet, Three Royal Tales, Digging Canadian Dinosaurs, Leon’s Song and Dogabet. Bonder is currently working on her 15th children’s book.

“EPL continues to champion both innovation and excellence when it comes to serving our customers, and we are delighted to be hosting the IBBY Canada 2016 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program,” said Pilar Martinez, CEO of EPL. “This is a fantastic chance for Edmontonians to take their love of art to the next level.”

The IBBY Canada Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program offers a published Canadian children’s book illustrator a month-long residency in a public library, honouring the memory of illustrator Joanne Fitzgerald (1956-2011), whose books include Plain Noodles, Emily’s House and the Governor General’s Literary Award-winner Doctor Kiss Says Yes.

The program is a joint project of IBBY Canada and EPL, with financial support from Fitzgerald’s family. Since its inception, more than 1,400 children, teens and adults have attended library workshops and programs. Previous Illustrators in Residence include Martha Newbigging (2013), Patricia Storms (2014) and John Martz (2015).

For more information, visit epl.ca/illustrator-in-residence. For more on Bonder and her work, visit diannabonder.com.

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About the Edmonton Public Library

The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) is proud to be 2014 Library of the Year! We’ve come a long way since 1913 when books were all you could find on our shelves… and we’re just getting started! Today, EPL carries everything you care about. We are Edmonton’s largest lender of all manner of information and entertainment.

Our professionally trained staff take you beyond Google with the knowledge, discernment and desire to help you navigate a universe of information. The second most visited place in Edmonton, every year EPL hosts over 14 million in-branch and online visits across our 20 branches and website. We deliver our incredible content to you everywhere – in the library, at home or on your handheld device. Unmatched access and unrivalled value – that is today’s EPL. EPL is a registered charity and relies on donations to enhance services. Spread the words. www.epl.ca/give

About the International Board on Books for Young People

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), founded in 1953, is a network of organizations in over 70 countries committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada promotes quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally.

For more information, contact

Heather McIntyre
Marketing Communications Specialist
Edmonton Public Library
780-496-7055
hmcintyre@epl.ca

Call for Submissions: 2016 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award

Publishers across Canada are invited to submit picture books for the annual Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award / Le Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour le meilleur livre d’images Canadien (the Cleaver Award).

The Cleaver Award is given annually in recognition of outstanding artistic talent in a Canadian picture book. The recipient receives a cheque for $1,000 dollars and a certificate. An award ceremony to celebrate the winner is held each year.

The Cleaver Award is administered by a committee of three members of the Canadian section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY Canada). The committee members for the 2016 award are: Allison Taylor-McBryde (Chair), Lyne Rajotte, and Camilia Kahrizi.

Please keep in mind these terms when submitting your book(s):

  1. The recipient of the Cleaver Award is a Canadian illustrator of a picture book published in Canada in English or French between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016.
  2. The book must be a first edition and contain original illustrations by a Canadian artist (either a citizen or permanent resident).
  3. All genres are considered: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and folk and fairy tales.
  4. If a book has been submitted in previous years, even if it was submitted in a different language, the book will not be eligible for consideration.
  5. There is a $20 fee for each title submitted to the Cleaver Award. A copy of each submitted title is mailed by the publisher to each of the three committee members. If you are submitting two titles for consideration, you will mail two copies to each of the three jury members and a cheque for $40 to IBBY Canada’s head office. The fee is non-refundable, even if your submission is determined to be ineligible, so please read the submission guidelines carefully. This fee will be used to offset administration costs as well as costs associated with the presentation of the award.
  6. Please send a cheque made out to “IBBY Canada” with “Cleaver Award fee” on the memo line to:

IBBY Canada c/o The Canadian Children‘s Book Centre
217-40 Orchard View Blvd.
Toronto, ON
M4R 1B9

The deadline for cheques to IBBY is December 1, 2016. Deadline for mailings to jurors is December 15, 2016.

Please contact Allison Taylor McBryde for the addresses of the committee members.

Children’s book creator Dianna Bonder is Illustrator in Residence at Stanley A. Milner Library in Edmonton (Oct. 17 to Nov. 10)

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September 8, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IBBY Canada and the Edmonton Public Library are pleased to announce that children’s book creator Dianna Bonder is the 2016 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence.  Dianna Bonder’s residency will be at the Stanley A. Milner branch from October 17 to November 10.  The Illustrator in Residence program launched at the Toronto Public Library in 2013, and has become a key annual event in the children’s book community.

Dianna Bonder was born in Kamloops BC, and after studying fine arts, illustration and design in Toronto, she moved to Vancouver to work as a commercial artist. Tired of the hustle and tight deadlines of commercial art, Dianna evolved a unique style which found its way into children’s books. “For me, it’s simple…dreaming is believing,” she said. “If you can dream it… it can be.”

After the success of her first book The Pacific Alphabet in 2001, other books followed including Accidental Alphabet, Three Royal Tales, Digging Canadian Dinosaurs, Leon’s Song and Dogabet. Dianna now lives on Gabriola Island BC and is working on her 15th children’s book.

Dianna’s Illustrator in Residence schedule will include workshops for adults, art activities for children’s class trips to the library, presentations to art students in high schools and colleges, and portfolio reviews with individual artists. The library will also display her original artwork.

“The Edmonton Public Library continues to champion both innovation and excellence when it comes to serving our customers, and we are delighted to be hosting the 2016 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program,” said Pilar Martinez, CEO of the Edmonton Public Library. “This is a fantastic chance for Edmontonians of all ages and abilities to connect with Dianna Bonder and one another about art, and create and make within our community.”

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program offers a published Canadian children’s book illustrator a month-long residency in a public library, honouring the memory of illustrator Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), whose books include Plain Noodles, Emily’s House, and the Governor General’s Literary Award-winner Doctor Kiss Says Yes.  The program is a joint project of IBBY Canada, Toronto Public Library, Edmonton Public Library and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, with financial support from Joanne’s family. Previous Illustrators in Residence were Martha Newbigging (2013), Patricia Storms (2014) and John Martz (2015), all at the Toronto Public Library.

Every year, IBBY Canada invites children’s book illustrators to submit applications for the Illustrator in Residence program. The submissions are evaluated and the illustrator is selected by a jury made up of representatives from the host library and IBBY Canada, as well as the previous year’s Illustrator in Residence.

The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) is proud to be 2014 Library of the Year! We’ve come a long way since 1913 when books were all you could find on our shelves… and we’re just getting started! Today, EPL carries everything you care about. We are Edmonton’s largest lender of all manner of information and entertainment. Our professionally trained staff take you beyond Google with the knowledge, discernment and desire to help you navigate a universe of information. The second most visited place in Edmonton, every year EPL hosts over 14 million in-branch and online visits across our 20 branches and website. We deliver our incredible content to you everywhere – in the library, at home or on your handheld device. Unmatched access and unrivalled value – that is today’s EPL. EPL is a registered charity and relies on donations to enhance services. Spread the words.

IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org), founded in 1953, is a network of organizations in over 70 countries, committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada (www.ibby-canada.org) promotes quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally.

For more information, please contact:

Helena Aalto
Promotion Officer
IBBY Canada
promotions@ibby-canada.org

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