A Pattern for Pepper, written and illustrated by Julie Kraulis, winner of Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award

IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that A Pattern for Pepper, written and illustrated by Julie Kraulis, is the winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. The book is published by Tundra Books.

Author-illustrator Julie Kraulis lives and works in Toronto. She received a Bachelor of Design in Illustration from the Ontario College of Art & Design. She has written and illustrated three other picture books: Whimsy’s Heavy Things, An Armadillo in Paris and An Armadillo in New York.

The jury for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award was comprised of jury chair Lyne Rajotte, school librarian at the Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles; Camilia Kahrizi, former Marketing and Website Coordinator for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre; and Carol-Ann Hoyte, school librarian, children’s poet and editor.

In selecting A Pattern for Pepper, the jurors commented:

What an original book this is! Julie Kraulis gives a lesson on fabric patterns and their origins in this story about Pepper who needs a special dress for a special occasion. There is a nostalgic feel to the book as Pepper goes to the tailor shop with her mother to choose just the right fabric for her dress. The illustrations in oil are filled with patterns in the background as well as with images of who wore what and where the fabrics came from. Pixie-like and curious, Pepper is depicted in a variety of poses and is hard at work designing her dress as the tailor sets to his task. Both a documentary and an endearing story, A Pattern for Pepper, is a delicate and delightful confection.

The jury also selected two Honour Books that were considered for the Award:

Town Is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith and written by Joanne Schwartz (Groundwood Books, 2017).

Smith seduces us from the first spread … Throughout the picture book, he juxtaposes bright and dark pages to reveal the contrast between life outside and inside of the mine.
 

When the Moon Comes, illustrated by Matt James and written by Paul Harbridge (Tundra Books, 2017).

James’s illustrations are magnificent, an excellent marriage between bright and dark colours. He evocatively captures the sense of waiting for the perfect moment when the ice will finally be ready for that first hockey match on the pond.

IBBY Canada’s 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.

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IBBY Canada est heureux d’annoncer que A Pattern for Pepper, écrit et illustré par Julie Kraulis, est lauréate du Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour un album illustré. Le livre est publié par Tundra Books.

L’auteure et illustratrice Julie Kraulis vit et travaille à Toronto. Elle a obtenu un Baccalauréat en Design et Illustration du Collège d’art et de design d’Ontario. Elle a écrit et illustré trois autres albums: Whimsy’s Heavy Things, An Armadillo in Paris et An Armadillo in New York.

Les membres du jury du Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour un album illustré étaient sous la présidence de Lyne Rajotte, bibliothécaire à la Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles; Camilia Kahrizi, ancienne coordinatrice du marketing et du site web du Centre du livre canadien pour la jeunesse; et Carol-Ann Hoyte, bibliothécaire scolaire, poète et éditrice de littérature pour la jeunesse.

En choisissant A Pattern for Pepper, les membres du jury ont fait ces commentaires:

Quel livre original! Julie Kraulis offre une leçon sur les motifs des tissus et leur origine dans cette histoire à propos de Pepper qui a besoin d’une robe unique pour une occasion toute spéciale. Le livre revêt une ambiance nostalgique lorsque Pepper va à la boutique du tailleur avec sa mère pour choisir le tissu parfait pour sa robe. Les illustrations peintes à l’huile sont agrémentées de motifs en arrière- plan, d’images de qui a porté quoi et de la provenance des tissus. Vive et menue, Pepper est représentée dans une variété de poses, elle s’applique à créer le modèle de sa robe alors que le tailleur s’affaire à la tâche. A Pattern for Pepper est autant un documentaire qu’une histoire touchante, c’est un assemblage délicat et adorable.

Le jury a également sélectionné deux livres à l’honneur pour ce prix :

Town Is by the Sea, illustré par Sydney Smith et écrit par Joanne Schwartz (Groundwood Books, 2017). Dès la première double page, l’illustrateur nous séduit. Tout au long de l’album, le contraste entre les pages lumineuses à l’extérieur de la mine et les pages sombres dans la mine vivent en alternance.

When the Moon Comes, illustré par Matt James et écrit par Paul Harbridge (Tundra Books, 2017). Les illustrations sont magnifiques, un excellent mariage entre les couleurs vives et sombres. Matt James saisit subtilement l’attente du moment parfait où la glace sera enfin prête pour cette première partie de hockey sur la mare.

Le Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour un album illustré a été mis sur pied en 1985 en l’honneur d’une des illustratrices les plus reconnues au Canada. Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver a laissé des fonds dans son testament pour honorer annuellement un talent artistique remarquable pour un album illustré canadien. Le lauréat reçoit 1000$.

IBBY Canada Children in Crisis Refugee Centre Reading Program Information Night

IBBY Canada is launching a therapeutic reading program for young refugee claimants from 6-12 years old living in shelters in Toronto, based on the model of IBBY Children in Crisis programs worldwide.

Increasing numbers of refugee claimants are arriving in the Greater Toronto Area and are facing longer and longer waits for refugee hearings. Children and families need support during this transitional stage.

IBBY Canada will be training volunteers to read with the children. A six-week pilot reading program at the Christie Street Welcome Centre will begin in mid-May 2018. We hope to expand to shelters across the GTA and eventually across the country, as fuelled by need and volunteer interest.

To learn more about the IBBY Canada Children in Crisis Refugee Centre Reading Program and how you can get involved as a volunteer reader, committee member or sponsor, please join us:

Monday, April 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Palmerston Library
560 Palmerston Ave., Toronto, ON

Please RSVP to info@ibby-canada.org if you would like to attend.

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Shortlist announced for 2017 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award

IBBY Canada is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2017 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award.

The winner and honour books will be announced online on Tuesday, April 10, at 10:00 a.m.

The jury reviewed over 135 books, and this high number of submissions is a testament to the quality and artistry of Canadian picture books published in 2017. For their originality, impressive synthesis between art and text, and skilful portrayal of children’s experiences, we would like to recognize these five illustrators on the shortlist.

Dépareillés, illustrated by Geneviève Després and written by Marie-Francine Hébert (Les editions de la Bagnole, 2017)

Després has a particular talent for strong double-page spreads, contrasting the little girls’ emotions by showing Rose under a half-sunny, half-cloudy sky, and Blanche with a great sorrow in her heart under a sinister sky.

Stolen Words, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard and written by Melanie Florence (Second Story Press, 2017)

With her signature soft, sensitive illustrations, Gabrielle Grimard portrays the grandfather and the little girl’s experiences through many finely illustrated emotions: joy, incomprehension, gentleness, sadness and redemption.

When the Moon Comes, illustrated by Matt James and written by Paul Harbridge (Tundra Books, 2017)

James’s illustrations are magnificent, an excellent marriage between bright and dark colours. He evocatively captures the sense of waiting for the perfect moment when the ice will finally be ready for that first hockey match on the pond.

A Pattern for Pepper, written and illustrated by Julie Kraulis (Tundra Books, 2017)

What an original book. … Kraulis gently guides us in a fictional story that verges on documentary.

Town Is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith and written by Joanne Schwartz (Groundwood Books, 2017)

Smith seduces us from the first spread … Throughout the picture book, he juxtaposes bright and dark pages to reveal the contrast between life outside and inside of the mine.

The jury for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award was comprised of jury chair Lyne Rajotte, school librarian and board member for the Corporation of Professional Librarians of Quebec; Camilia Kahrizi, former Marketing and Website Coordinator for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre; and Carol-Ann Hoyte, school librarian, children’s poet and editor.

IBBY Canada’s 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.

More information is available here.

Call for Submissions: 2017 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 (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 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 IBBY Canada. The jury members for the 2017 award are Lyne Rajotte (chair), Camilia Kahrizi, and Carol-Ann Hoyte.

Criteria:

  1. The recipient of the Cleaver Award is a Canadian illustrator of a picture book published by a Canadian publisher in English or French between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017.
  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, the book will not be eligible for consideration. Translations are not eligible.

Submission information:

  1. A copy of each submitted title is mailed by the publisher to each of the three committee members. Please contact Lyne Rajotte for the addresses of the committee members.
  2. There is a $20 fee for each title submitted to the Cleaver Award. For example, if you are submitting two titles for consideration, you will mail one copy of each book 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.

Please send a cheque made payable 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

Please ensure that your submission fee arrives no later than December 1, 2017. Deadline for mailings to jurors is December 15, 2017.

100 Books for Children and Young People in Arabic

IBBY Europe has compiled a selection of 100 books for children and young people in Arabic from different countries in the Arab-speaking world. The list was originally in French and was collated by the Arab World Reading Committee of the journal Takam Tikou, which brings together professionals from different horizons: the French National Library, IBBY France, the Arab World Institute, libraries of the City of Paris, and more.

Organised by genre and in alphabetical order by title in English, this guide also includes a few translations into Arabic of books originally published in different languages, to encourage the building of bridges between languages and cultures.

The PDF of the version in English can be downloaded here. The pdf of the version in French can be downloaded here.

You’re Invited! Celebrate the 2017 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence

IBBY Canada and Toronto Public Library
invite you to celebrate the
Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program
and the 2017 illustrator

ASHLEY BARRON

Monday, October 2, 2017
6:00 to 7:30 pm
Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch
40 Orchard View Blvd., Room 224 

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program is a joint project of IBBY Canada, 
Toronto Public Library, and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, with the support of The Young Family. IBBY Canada is the Canadian section of the International Board on Books for Young People.