Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program – Dianna Bonder at Edmonton Public Library

JFIR logoDianna 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. 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, Dogabet and her most recent ABSea: A Deepsea Symphony. Dianna now lives on Gabriola Island, BC and is working on her 15th children’s book.

The free art workshops for Grade 2 to Grade 6 by children’s book illustrator Dianna Bonder will be held in the main floor program room at the Stanley A. Milner Library.

UPDATE: The workshops are fully subscribed. Thank you for your interest and our apologies.


High school art students and adults can schedule a one-to-one portfolio review with Dianna Bonder. Thirty minute reviews will be held at the Stanley A. Milner Library. First come first booked.

Thursday October 20
9:45 am-10:15 am, 11:15 am-11:45am

Monday October 24
5:30pm– 6:00pm,  6:15pm–6:45pm

Thursday October 27
9:00am–9:30am, 9:45 am–10:15am, 10:30am–11:00am, 11:15am–11:45am

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Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award to How To by Julie Morstad / Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver décerné à Julie Morstad pour How To

Wild Berries by Julie Flett and The Man with the Violin illustrated by Dušan Petričić shortlisted

How To, written and illustrated by Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books, 2013). Cover courtesy of Simply Read Books

How To, written and illustrated by Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books, 2013). Cover courtesy of Simply Read Books

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (March 24, 2014) – IBBY Canada (International Board on Books for Young People, Canadian section) is pleased to announce that How To, illustrated and written by Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books, 2013), is the winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award for 2013.

Julie Morstad received her BFA at Alberta College of Art and Design, and produces art for children’s books, CD and book covers, fabric, wallpaper and animation. Her other books include When You Were Small and Where You Came From. Julie lives in Vancouver with her husband and three kids.

The jury also noted two books on their shortlist for the 2013 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award: Wild Berries, illustrated and written by Julie Flett (Simply Read Books, 2013) and The Man with the Violin, illustrated by Dušan Petričić and written by Kathy Stinson (Annick Press, 2013).

The jury for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award was comprised of Theo Heras, Children’s Librarian and Author (jury chair); Melanie Fishbane, MFA VCFA, Merchandiser Kids & Teens at Indigo Books, YA Author, and Coordinator Children’s Book Reviews at National Reading Campaign; Allison Taylor McBryde, Adjunct Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia and retired Children’s Librarian. The jury’s comments on How To:

How To is intelligent. It is a book that is raucous and quiet, active and contemplative, child-focused and ageless. It presents a unique perspective on “seeing” things and opens up all sorts of possibilities. The book is masterfully designed and the colour palette is consistent throughout. The font is clean and perfectly laid-out. Even the endpapers play a role: solid blocks of yellow, rose, blue and green hint at the colour within. How To is whimsical, light as a breeze – a book to look at again and again.

The IBBY Canada 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.

IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People, founded in 1953, represents an international network of people committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada is one of over 70 national sections worldwide. IBBY Canada, founded in 1980, is a volunteer organization promoting quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally.

For more information, please contact:

Helena Aalto | Promotion Officer | IBBY Canada |

Le prix IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver est décerné à l’illustratice Julie Morstad pour How To

POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE : IBBY Canada (Centre international de la littérature pour la jeunesse, section canadienne) est heureux d’annoncer que le livre How To, illustré et écrit par Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books, 2013), est le gagnant du prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver en 2013 .

Julie Morstad a reçu son baccalauréat en arts de l’Alberta College of Art and Design, et conçoit l’art pour les livres, CD, couvertures de livres, tissu, papier peint et animation pour enfants. Ses autres livres incluent When You Were Small et Where You Came From. Julie vit à Vancouver avec son mari et ses trois enfants.

Le jury a également pris note de deux autres livres qui étaient sur leur liste de prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver 2013 : Wild Berries, illustré et écrit par Julie Flett (Simply Read Books, 2013) et The Man with the Violin, illustré par Dušan Petričić et écrit par Kathy Stinson (Annick Press, 2013).

Le jury du prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour l’album était composé de Theo Heras, bibliothécaire jeunesse et auteur (présidente du jury ); Melanie Fishbane, MFA VCFA, marketing littérature jeunesse chez Indigo Books, auteur de littérature pour adolescent et coordinatrice des critiques de littérature jeunesse pour la Campagne Nationale de Lecture; Allison Taylor McBryde, professeur adjoint à l’école de bibliothéconomie, d’archivistique et sciences de l’information à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique et bibliothécaire pour enfants. Les commentaires du jury sur How To:

How To est un livre intelligent. Il s’agit d’un livre qui inspire à la fois l’énergie et le calme, l’action et la contemplation. Il est axé sur l’enfant et sans âge à la fois. Il présente un point de vue unique sur la façon de voir les choses et ouvre toutes sortes de possibilités. Le livre est conçu avec brio et la palette de couleurs est conforme dans l’ensemble. La typographie est propre et parfaitement disposée. Même les pages de garde jouent un rôle : des blocs solides de jaune, rose, bleu et vert font allusion aux couleurs de l’histoire. How To est fantaisiste, léger comme une brise – un livre à regarder encore et encore.

Le prix IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver, créé en 1985, vise à reconnaître le talent artistique exceptionnel d’un illustrateur canadien de livres pour enfants publié en anglais ou en français. Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver – laisse dans son testament des fonds pour la remise annuelle d’un prix visant à reconnaître les qualités artistiques d’un ouvrage illustré pour la jeunesse au Canada; le destinataire reçoit 1000 $.

IBBY: Centre international de la littérature pour la jeunesse a été créée en 1953, c’est un réseau international de plus de 70 sections nationales qui souhaite que les enfants aient accès aux livres. IBBY veut aussi rapprocher les cultures, favoriser la compréhension internationale et également promouvoir la paix. Fondé en 1980, IBBY Canada est une association à but non lucratif qui fait la promotion de la littérature canadienne en français et en anglais, sur le plan national et international.

Pour renseignements, contactez :

Helena Aalto | Chargée des communications | IBBY Canada |

Canadian Titles on IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities List

There are 14 Canadian titles of 60 on the IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities List, a biennial catalogue of the best titles catering to children and youth with disabilities. This curated selection is shown around the world, including at the Bologna Book Fair, and the books are housed at the Haug School and Resource Centre near Oslo. Here are the Canadian selections:
Torrie & The Snake-Prince by K.V. Johansen (Annick Press)
The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara (Annick Press)
Free as a Bird by Gina McMurphy-Barber (Dundurn)
La clé by Angèle Delaunois, illustrated by Christine Delezenne (Editions de l’Isatis)
Une petite bouteille jaune by Angèle Delaunois, illustrated by Christine Delezenne (Editions de l’Isatis)
Pied-de-Puce by Sylvie Nicolas, illustrated by Marion Arbona (Éditions Trampoline)
Boy in Motion by Ainslie Manson, illustrated by Renné Benoit (Greystone)
In Front of My House by Marianne Dubuc (Kids Can Press)
Me and You by Geneviève Côté (Kids Can Press)
Spork by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Kids Can Press)
Willow’s Whispers by Lana Button, illustrated by Tania Howells (Kids Can Press)
Terre de glaces by Louise-Michelle Sauriol (Les editions de soleil de minuit)
The Lucky One by Deborah Cowley, photos by Kathy Knowles (OSU Children’s Library Fund)
To Stand On My Own: The Polio Epidemic Diary of Noreen Robertson by Barbara Haworth-Attard (Scholastic)

2010 Cleaver Award to Julie Flett

We were thrilled to announce in May that Vancouver artist Julie Flett is the 2010 winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award for her book, Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer: L’Alfabet di Michif / Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet, published by Simply Read Books. But we want to remind fans of Canadian picture-book illustration that the award ceremony will be held on October 15 at the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable’s Illustrator’s Breakfast.

The Cleaver Award jury praised Flett for breathing “new life into some of the most archetypal Canadian images.”

The Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award was established in 1985. In her will, book illustrator Cleaver designated funds for an award to be given annually in recognition of outstanding artistic talent in a Canadian picture book. The recipient wins a cheque for $1,000 and a certificate.