How to Help the Slave Lake Library

As of May 15, 2011, the public library in Slave Lake, Alberta, burned to the ground in a massive forest fire that also consumed 40% of the town infrastructure. Even more heartbreaking, the library had just opened in 2010—a brand-new, beautiful building full of new books and excited staff. If you would like to donate books—new or nearly new (nothing more than two years old) and in good condition—or money, please check out the Peace Library System website or these other helpful links.

Andersen Nominee, Tim Wynne-Jones, in The Toronto Star

Here is a great interview with Tim Wynne-Jones, IBBY Canada’s author nominee for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. Our artist nominee is Stéphane Jorisch. The biennial award recognizes an author and artist whose entire body of work has made a lasting contribution to children’s literature. The winners will be announced in March 2012.

IBBY’s Children in Crisis Support for Japan

IBBY’s Children in Crisis fund is accepting donations for the 3-11 Picture Book Project, a project initiated by JBBY to aid the children of Japan after the devastating earthquake on March 11, 2011. For more information on the project and details on how to donate, please visit IBBY Canada Councillor-West Margriet Ruurs’s website Bookmatchmaker.

IBBY Russia at the Toronto Russian Film Festival

IBBY Russia has organized a special children’s program as part of the 2nd Annual Toronto Russian Film Festival. Come see movies celebrating Russian culture and discuss children’s books by Russian creators, particularly those now living in Toronto. For more information, please visit

Congratulations to Michelle Mulder!

Michelle Mulder’s book After Peaches was shortlisted for both the Chocolate Lily Award and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize, and she was selected to tour with TD Book Week 2011. Michelle was awarded the Frances E. Russell Grant in 2006 for her work and research for After Peaches. The TD Book Week runs from Saturday, April 30 until Saturday, April 7. Please visit the TD Canadian Chidlren’s Book Week website for more information about the upcoming tour.

Celebrate International Children’s Book Day on April 2nd

Saturday, April 2, 2011 is International Children’s Book Day! Celebrated annually since 1967 on or around the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, ICBD is facilitated by IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) and celebrated worldwide to inspire a love of reading amongst children and adults alike. This year’s international sponsor is IBBY Estonia and the theme is ‘The Book Remembers’, a reminder that books can be invaluable sources of history: The book remembers the time in which it was written. In honour of International Children’s Book Day and to celebrate this year’s theme, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre has put together a list of Canadian children’s books which are evocative of life in Canada throughout history.

Take a look at the list here. IBBY Canada vice-president Susane Duchesne has compiled a list of French books on the same theme. You can view her list of French books here.