IBBY Canada Cleaver Picture Book Award to illustrator Isabelle Arsenault

IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that illustrator Isabelle Arsenault is the winner of the IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award for Virginia Wolf, written by Kyo Maclear (Kids Can Press, 2012). Virginia Wolf is loosely based on the writer Virginia Woolf (who suffered from depression) and her sister the painter Vanessa Bell. 

The Cleaver Award was presented to Isabelle Arsenault on Wednesday, April 24 at 12:45, at the Père Ambroise Library, 2093 rue de la Visitation, 3rd floor, in Montreal.

Isabelle Arsenault’s first illustrated children’s book received the Governor General’s Award in 2004. She has illustrated many children’s books since then, and received her second Governor General’s Award in 2012 for Virginia Wolf. Isabelle lives and works in Montreal.

The Cleaver Award jury was made up of Lina Gordaneer, a Montreal librarian; Melanie Fishbane, Online Merchandiser and Editor for Kids and Teen books at Indigo Books and MFA candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children’s and Young Adults program; and Susane Duchesne, IBBY Canada President and Responsable du secteur jeunesse, Librairie Monet. The jury’s comments on Virginia Wolf:

“An un-precious treatment of depression that never diminishes its poignancy. Isabelle Arsenault’s illustrations illuminate the story. She begins with a touch of red and blue here and there. Then the sadness, embodied in blacks and greys that encroach on the page in a messy cloud, surrounds and engulfs Virginia as she becomes a dark shadow of herself. When Virginia starts painting and as the spirit changes, more colours begin to subtly appear as the darkness recedes. Arsenault reminds Virginia and the readers that the world is full of beauty.”

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 (www.ibby.org), 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 is a volunteer organization promoting quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit www.ibby-canada.org.

Appel de candidatures: IBBY Canada Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrateur en résidence

IBBY Canada invite les illustrateurs canadiens de livres pour enfants à soumettre leur candidature pour le premier volet du programme « Joanne Fitzgerald illustrateur en résidence ». Le programme, administré par IBBY Canada et financé par la famille de Joanne avec le soutien de Groundwood Books Éditeur, offre à des illustrateurs publiés l’occasion de participer à une résidence unique hébergée par une bibliothèque publique. (more…)

Call For Submissions: IBBY Canada’s Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program

IBBY Canada invites applications from Canadian children’s book illustrators for the inaugural Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. The program provides published illustrators the opportunity to participate in a unique residency hosted by a public library, administered by IBBY Canada, and funded by Joanne’s family, with additional support from publisher Groundwood Books. (more…)

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)

Laptops for Liberia

Can you imagine, as a writer, not having your own computer? Having access to only a few public computers, at the library, which isn’t always open? And, when your chance to use one of the computers does arise, having your time on it limited because demand for its use is high? Or maybe, when your turn comes, the generators go down and you have to wait till next week to continue your work?

That’s the situation for most Liberian writers Kathy Stinson has had the privilege of working with for the past three years, as a volunteer for CODE (the Canadian Organization for Development through Education) and the We Care Foundation in Liberia.

Meanwhile, how many writers in Canada have laptop computers gathering dust in their closets, having upgraded to a newer model in recent months, or will soon have a laptop they don’t need because there’s an upgrade in their near future?

The contrast between dire need and likely availability led Kathy to the idea of “Laptops for Liberia”. If she can find some not-too-old laptops that would be of value to writers in Liberia, CODE has agreed to pay the not-insubstantial cost of shipping them there, as a way of supporting the Reading Liberia program which is designed to create Liberian-authored books for Liberian children. We Care in Liberia is working out details of fair distribution of any laptops that are donated.

So Kathy is now reaching out to her Canadian friends and colleagues through her blog, CANSCAIP, IBBY Canada (who originally arranged for her involvement in “Reading Liberia”), and The Writers’ Union of Canada. Whether you write for children or adults, novels, short stories, poetry, non-fiction, or picture book texts, and whether you’ve upgraded your computer recently or expect to in the near future, she hopes you’ll consider donating your used laptop to “Laptops for Liberia”.

You can email Kathy to let her know of your interest in doing so at kathy@kathystinson.com. Please put Laptops for Liberia in the subject line. Find out more about the Reading Liberia program at http://www.codecan.org/get-involved/reading-code/reading-liberia, about the We Care Foundation at http://www.codecan.org/our-partners/wcf, or about Kathy’s involvement with Reading Liberia at http://www.kathystinson.com/category/liberia/.