IBBY Workshop on Books for Young People with Disabilities at Toronto International Book Fair

IBBY Canada is very pleased to announce an important workshop at the Toronto International Book Fair that will include speakers from Switzerland and Norway.  The $25 registration fee for this workshop includes 3 days of admission to the Toronto International Book Fair.  Please pass this information along to your colleagues including educators and librarians, and those working with people with disabilities.

WORKSHOP: Reading Challenges and Options for Young People with Disabilities

DATE: Friday, November 14, 2014 (during the Toronto International Book Fair)

TIME: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

LOCATION:  Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building, downtown Toronto on Front Street

COST: $25 (includes 3 days of admission to the Toronto International Book Fair)

REGISTRATION: https://www.microspec.com/tix123/eTic.cfm?code=BOOKFAIR14

WORKSHOP SUMMARY

International and Canadian experts will discuss reading challenges and options for children and teens with disabilities, with examples from the IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities. This outstanding international collection, formerly in Norway and now housed at North York Central Library, encompasses 3,000 books in traditional formats and accessible formats including sign language, tactile, Braille, and Picture Communication Symbols.

WORKSHOP SPEAKERS

  • Heidi Cortner Boiesen, former director of the IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities in Norway
  • Sharon Moynes,  manager of readers’, youth and children’s services at North York Central Library
  • Liz Page, executive director of IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People, from Basel, Switzerland
  • Leigh Turina, lead librarian for the IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities at North York Central Library

ABOUT IBBY

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.

Children’s book creator Patricia Storms is Illustrator in Residence at Toronto Public Library

IBBY Canada program honours illustrator Joanne Fitzgerald

September 15, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IBBY Canada and the Toronto Public Library are pleased to announce that children’s book illustrator Patricia Storms is the 2014 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence. Patricia Storms’ residency will be at the Northern District Branch (Yonge & Eglinton) for the month of October. She will be hosting a series of workshops during the month.

Patricia Storms’ Illustrator in Residence schedule includes art activities for children’s class trips to the library, visits to high schools and colleges, and portfolio reviews with individual artists. The Northern District Branch art gallery will feature Patricia Storms’ and Joanne Fitzgerald’s concept sketches and original artwork.

The Illustrator in Residence Program is a collaboration between IBBY Canada and the family of Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), honouring the memory of the award-winning illustrator whose books include Plain Noodles, Emily’s House, and Doctor Kiss Says Yes.

“We launched the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program at the Toronto Public Library in 2013, and are delighted to be back at Northern District Branch forour second year,” said Shannon Babcock, president of IBBY Canada. “The program is becoming a key event in the children’s book community.”

“We’re proud to offer this program with IBBY Canada. This is an opportunity for people to experience something new at the library, to connect with local artists and create something memorable,” said Anne Bailey, Acting City Librarian. “We look forward to seeing some of the wonderful portfolios.”

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Patricia Storms has illustrated and written children’s books such as The Pirate and the Penguin and Never Let You Go. She also works as a cartoonist and illustrator for magazines, newspapers and humour books. www.patriciastorms.com

ABOUT IBBY CANADA: IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org), founded in 1953, is an 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. www.ibby-canada.org

ABOUT TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY: Toronto Public Library is one of the world’s busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what’s happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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

News about IBBY Libraries in Gaza

Liz Page, Executive Director of IBBY International, sent a notice to IBBY members Monday July 21st regarding the state of IBBY libraries in Gaza. As you know, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) was established shortly after the close of World War II. IBBY’s founder, Jella Lepman (a German Jew), believed that books could build bridges of understanding and peace between people. The children needed to know what all good readers know: you are not alone; others have experiences, feelings and needs just like you do, and there is a whole world out there you know nothing about.

For the past five years IBBY has been supporting two children’s libraries in Gaza through the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund.  One library is situated in the northern community of Beit Hanoun, the other is in the south in the town of Rafah. In 2013 an IBBY delegation of the Executive Director, President, IBBY Foundation President, and IBBY Palestine President, visited the two libraries and subsequently helped them to upgrade the services and collections with support from the Katherine Paterson Family Foundation as well as the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund.  See the IBBY website for a report of the visit and the project by IBBY Palestine.

The two IBBY library areas (Rafah and Beit Hanoun) are now military zones. The librarian in Beit Hanoun, Abla Hassan, sent a message to PBBY (IBBY Palestine) about the situation there before she was displaced a number of days ago. She says that the al-Ata’ community-based centre that hosts the library has been very badly damaged. The children’s courtyard has been destroyed as well as books, computers, windows and walls. Many local homes have been partially or completely destroyed as well. According to PBBY, there is no specific news about the library in al-Shawka – Rafah or about the situation of the children using the library and the library building. All families are displaced including the librarian Mahmoud.

In times of conflict, children on both sides suffer. IBBY’s mandate through the Children in Crisis Fund is to help where it can. The above news gives you an idea of the immediacy and importance of IBBY’s mandate around the world and how fragile the work of IBBY is.

One of Lepman’s beliefs, and we in IBBY Canada say this repeatedly, is that books are mirrors and windows. Through reading and books, people can come to know and understand each other. Making reading and books available to children and families everywhere is a crucial part of what IBBY does.

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, what better time to donate to IBBY’s Children in Crisis Fund.

Thank you.
Shannon Babcock and Theo Heras
IBBY Canada President and Vice-President
With information from IBBY International and IBBY Palestine

Patricia Storms is IBBY Canada Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence / Patricia Storms sélectionné pour le programme d’illustrateur en résidence Joanne Fitzgerald de IBBY Canada

Patricia Storms is IBBY Canada Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence

May 9, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that children’s book illustrator Patricia Storms has been selected for the 2014 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program.  The Program is a one month residency in a public library for a published children’s book illustrator.

Patricia Storms will be at the Northern District Branch of the Toronto Public Library for the month of October 2014. During her residency, she will engage children in art activities during class visits to the library, present workshops for the public, talk to students and teachers in art programs at high schools and colleges, and schedule portfolio review meetings with artists and art students.

Patricia Storms has illustrated children’s books for publishers including Scholastic Canada, OwlKids Books and Kids Can Press. Patricia is the author as well as the illustrator of books such as The Pirate and the Penguin and Never Let You Go. She also works as a cartoonist and illustrator for magazines, newspapers and humour books. Patricia lives in Toronto.

Illustrators from across Canada submitted applications for the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. The 2014 illustrator was selected by a jury comprised of Shannon Babcock, Ministère de l’Éducation, Quebec and president of IBBY Canada; Marie-Louise Gay, illustrator and author; Meghan Howe, Canadian Children’s Book Centre; Martha Newbigging, illustrator (and the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence in 2013); Martha Scott, Toronto Public Library; and Leigh Turina, Toronto Public Library.

A collaboration between IBBY Canada and Joanne’s family, the Program honours the memory of Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), who illustrated children’s books that include Plain Noodles, Emily’s House, The Blue Hippopotamus, and Doctor Kiss Says Yes, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award.  Additional financial support for the Program is offered by Groundwood Books, publisher of many of Joanne’s books.

The Toronto Public Library hosts the residencies in 2013 and 2014. In subsequent years, in partnership with the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, IBBY Canada will work with libraries in other provinces to host the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Helena Aalto
Promotion Officer
IBBY Canada
promotions@ibby-canada.org
416 658-3144


Patricia Storms sélectionné pour le programme d’illustrateur en résidence Joanne Fitzgerald de IBBY Canada

9 Mai 2014 – POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE :

IBBY Canada est fier d’annoncer que Patricia Storms est l’illustratrice sélectionnée dans le cadre du Programme d’illustrateur en résidence Joanne Fitzgerald pour 2014. Le programme consiste en une résidence d’un mois pour un illustrateur de livre jeunesse dans une bibliothèque publique.

Patricia Storms sera en résidence à la Northern District Branch de la Toronto Public Library au mois d’octobre 2014. Au cours de son séjour, elle invitera les enfants à participer à des activités artistiques durant les visites de classe à la bibliothèque, présentera des ateliers et autre activités pour le public en général et donnera des conférences aux étudiants et enseignants des programmes d’art des écoles secondaires et des collèges. Elle planifiera aussi des rencontres individuelles avec des artistes et des étudiants en art pour revoir avec eux leur portfolio.

Patricia Storms a illustré des livres jeunesse pour plusieurs éditeurs dont:  Scholastic Canada, Owlkids Books et Kids Can Press. Patricia est l’auteur et l’illustratrice de «The Pirate and the Penguin» et de «Never Let You Go». Elle travaille aussi en tant qu’illustratrice et caricaturiste pour des magazines, journaux and livres d’humour.  Patricia vit à Toronto.

Des illustrateurs de tout le pays ont produit des soumissions pour le Programme d’illustrateur en résidence Joanne Fitzgerald. L’illustratrice choisie pour 2014 a été sélectionnée par un jury composé de Shannon Babcock, Ministère de l’Éducation, Québec et présidentede IBBY Canada; Marie-Louise Gay, illustratriceet auteur; Meghan Howe, Canadian Children’s Book Centre; Martha Newbigging, illustratrice (et illustratrice duProgramme d’illustrateur en résidence Joanne Fitzgerald en 2013); Martha Scott, Toronto Public Library; et Leigh Turina, Toronto Public Library.

Le Programme d’illustrateur en résidence Joanne Fitzgerald d’IBBY Canada honore Joanne Fitzgerald (1956-2011), qui a illustré de nombreux livres exceptionnels pour enfants, y compris ; «Plain Noodles», «Emily’s House», «The Blue Hippopotamus» et «Doctor Kiss Says Yes» gagnant du Prix littéraire du Gouverneur Général. En mémoire de son engagement à l’égard des livres et illustrations pour enfants, sa famille a collaboré avec IBBY Canada pour instaurer le Programme d’illustrateur en résidence Joanne Fitzgerald d’IBBY Canada. Un soutien financier supplémentaire pour le Programme est offert par Groundwood Books, éditeur de nombreux livres de Joanne.

La Toronto Public Library accueille les résidences de 2013 et 2014. Dans les années suivantes, en partenariat avec le Conseil des bibliothèques urbaines du Canada, IBBY Canada travaillera avec les bibliothèques des autres provinces afin d’accueillir leProgramme d’illustrateur en résidence Joanne Fitzgerald.

L’Union Internationale pour les Livres de Jeunesse (IBBY) (www.ibby.org), fondée en 1953, est une association sans but lucratif qui forme un réseau international de personnes qui dans le monde entier cherchent à favoriser la rencontre des enfants et des livres.IBBY Canada est l’une des 70 sections nationales dans le monde entier. IBBY Canada est un organisme bénévole faisant la promotion de la littérature jeunesse canadienne française et anglaise de qualité au niveau national et international.

Pour plus d’informations, visitez www.ibby-canada.org ou contactez:

Helena Aalto
Agent de promotion
IBBY Canada
(416) 658-3144
promotions@ibby-canada.org

Bonnie Tulloch receives IBBY Canada’s Frances E. Russell Grant / Bonnie Tulloch reçoit la bourse Frances E. Russell de IBBY Canada

UBC student Bonnie Tulloch receives IBBY Canada’s Frances E. Russell Grant for research on Canadian children’s literature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 8, 2014: IBBY Canada (the Canadian national section of the International Board on Books for Young People) is pleased to announce that the Frances E. Russell Grant recipient is Bonnie Tulloch, a graduate student in the children’s literature program of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia.

The $1,000 grant will be presented to Bonnie Tulloch for her analysis of contemporary Canadian children’s and young adult novels that focus on island adventures. The resulting work will be titled “No ‘Man’ is an Island: Examining Island Imagery and its Relation to Female Identity in a Selection of Canadian Children’s and Young Adult Fiction.”

Bonnie Tulloch is a candidate in the Master of Arts in children’s literature program at the University of British Columbia. Her research interest and passion for children’s nonsense verse has led to her involvement in various community school projects that have targeted literacy development through poetry and art. Last summer she attended the Institute for World Literature at Harvard University where she developed an interest in children’s and young adult island-adventure novels.

The Frances E. Russell Grant jury consisted of Professor Joanne Findon (associate professor of English, Trent University), Dr. Gwyneth Evans (emeritus professor of Vancouver Island University) and chair Deirdre Baker (author, Toronto Star children’s books reviewer and assistant professor, Faculty of English, University of Toronto).

The Frances E. Russell Grant was established in memory of a longtime supporter of IBBY Canada. The $1,000 grant is intended “to initiate and encourage research in young people’s literature in all its forms” and is given in support of research for a publishable work (a book or a paper) on Canadian children’s literature. Past winners include Beverley Brenna, Paulette Rothbauer, Gail Edwards and Judith Saltman, Michelle Mulder, Michelle Cobban, André Gagnon, Ronald Jobe, Carole Carpenter, Linda Granfield and Françoise Lepage.  The 2014 call for submissions for the Frances E. Russell Grant will be issued in September, with a deadline in November.

IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org) was founded in 1953, and represents an international network of people committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada (www.ibby-canada.org), one of over 75 IBBY national sections worldwide, is a volunteer organization promoting quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally.

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For more information, please contact:
Helena Aalto
Promotions Officer, IBBY Canada
416 658-3144
promotions@ibby-canada.org


L’étudiante Bonnie Tulloch reçoit la bourse Frances E. Russell de IBBY Canada pour la recherche sur la littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse

POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE, le 8 avril, 2014 : IBBY Canada (la section nationale canadienne de l’Union internationale pour les livres de jeunesse ) est heureux d’annoncer que la bourse Frances E. Russell est décernée à Bonnie Tulloch, une étudiante diplômée en littérature de jeunesse du programme de l’École de bibliothéconomie, d’archivistique et sciences de l’information de  l’University of British Columbia.

La bourse de 1000 $ sera remis à Bonnie Tulloch pour son analyse des romans canadiens contemporains pour enfants et jeunes adultes qui mettent l’accent sur les aventures se déroulant sur une île. Le travail résultant sera intitulé « aucun homme n’est une île : l’examen de l’image de l’île et sa relation à l’identité féminine dans une sélection de romans canadiens en littérature jeunesse. »

Bonnie Tulloch est candidate à la maîtrise ès arts dans le programme de littérature de jeunesse à l’University of British Columbia. Son sujet de recherche et sa passion pour l’absurde dans la poésie de la littérature jeunesse l’ont amenée à s’impliquer dans divers projets d’écoles communautaires qui ont ciblé le développement de l’alphabétisation à travers la poésie et l’art. L’été dernier, elle a assisté à l’Institut pour la littérature mondiale à Harvard University où elle a développé un intérêt pour les romans d’aventures se déroulant sur une île pour enfants et jeunes adultes.

Le jury de la Bourse Frances E. Russell est composée de la professeure Joanne Findon (professeur agrégé d’anglais, Université Trent), le Dr Gwyneth Evans (professeur émérite de l’Université de l’île de Vancouver) et président Deirdre Baker (auteur des livres pour enfants, réviseur pour le Toronto Star et professeur adjoint à la Faculté d’anglais, Université Toronto).

La Bourse Frances E. Russell a été créée à la mémoire d’une adepte de longue date de IBBY Canada. La bourse de 1000 dollars est destinée à « initier et encourager la recherche dans la littérature pour les jeunes sous toutes ses formes » et est attribuée à l’appui de la recherche d’un travail publiable (un livre ou un document) sur la littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse. Parmi les lauréats précédents, on retrouve Beverley Brenna, Paulette Rothbauer , Gail Edwards et Judith Saltman, Michelle Mulder, Michelle Cobban, André Gagnon, Ronald Jobe, Carole Carpenter, Linda Granfield et Françoise Lepage. L’appel de candidature pour la Bourse Frances E. Russell 2014 sera publié en septembre prochain, avec sa date limite en novembre.

IBBY, l’Union internationale pour les livres de jeunesse (www.ibby.org), a été fondée en 1953 et représente un réseau international de personnes qui cherchent à favoriser la rencontre des enfants et des livres. IBBY Canada (www.ibby-canada.org), l’une des 75 sections nationales dans le monde, est un organisme bénévole de promotion de la littérature jeunesse canadienne de qualité, pour les enfants, à l’échelle nationale et internationale.

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Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter:
Helena Aalto
Directrice de la promotion, IBBY Canada
416 658-3144
promotions@ibby-canada.org

IBBY Announces the Winners of the 2014 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award

The Children’s Book Bank of Toronto among the winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BOLOGNA (March 24, 2014) – The IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award, initiated by the International Board on Books for Young People and sponsored by the Japanese newspaper company the Asahi Shimbun, is presented to projects run by groups or institutions that are judged to be making a lasting contribution to reading promotion for children and young people.

The Award is given every two years to two projects and presented to the winners at the biennial IBBY Congress. It was a difficult task for the current jury to choose two winners from the fourteen nominations as all the projects were of great merit and complemented IBBY’s Mission Statement. Each nominated project targeted children who live in disadvantageous circumstances with no or little access to books. They are really Reading Promotion Projects!

The projects nominated for the 2014 IBBY-Asahi Award were:

    • International Book Art Festival: Back to Book, Yerevan; proposed by IBBY Armenia
    • The Children’s Book Bank, Toronto; proposed by IBBY Canada
    • ATD Quart Monde: Street Libraries, International; proposed by IBBY France
    • Room to Read, International; proposed by IBBY Germany
    • The Travelling Library: Knowledge Beyond, Piraeus; proposed by IBBY Greece
    • Le Biblioteche di Antonio, Rome; proposed by IBBY Italy
    • Palabra en la Montaña, Tepoztlán, Morelos; proposed by IBBY Mexico
    • Voice Keeper Children of the Forest, Lamas; proposed by IBBY Peru
    • The All-Poland Tactile Book Library, Lublin; proposed by IBBY Poland
    • The Reading Badge Crossing Boundaries to all kind of Minorities, National; proposed by IBBY Slovenia
    • PRAESA, Cape Town, South Africa; proposed by IBBY Sweden
    • Literacy Project, Lake Titicaca, Peru; proposed by IBBY USA
    • The Sullivan Literacy Center, Valdosta, GA; proposed by IBBY USA
    • BBVA Provincial Foundation Papagayo Program, Caracas; proposed by IBBY Venezuela

After an intensive discussion the jury made its choice from these fourteen projects, we are pleased to announce that the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Awards for 2014 go to:

The Children’s Book Bank
Toronto, Canada
and
PRAESA, South Africa

The Children’s Book Bank was founded in 2007 in Toronto with the mission of supporting children’s literacy by recycling gently used children’s books and distributing them, free of charge, to children living in high-needs neighbourhoods. The area where the Book Bank is located is one of Toronto’s high density / low income neighbourhoods. It is also the first home to many new Canadians. There are 102 nationalities within a two kilometres radius of the Book Bank!

The Book Bank operates like a bookstore, but with one big difference: the books are free to children. There is no membership, registration or fee of any kind at the Book Bank. On each visit children are permitted to choose and take home to keep one book. They are encouraged to visit frequently and to build their own home libraries, which supports the development of book-reading activities, as well as a love of reading.

We selected the Children’s Book Bank as one of this year’s winners because it is a very simple system of book recycling, which in addition to getting books into the hands of children, effectively uses the skills of retired librarians and teachers. This idea has the possibility to be expanded and replicated in many places.

PRAESA: The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa, PRAESA is an independent unit for research and development, attached to the faculty of Humanities at the University of Cape Town. PRAESA was established in 1992 having emerged from the struggle against apartheid education.

PRAESA organizes various projects for development of bilingualism and bi-literacy in early childhood education, as well as running activities developed to raise the status of African languages in society.

It lobbies for language policy in education, especially the area of language policy within the education policy, and implementation at national and provincial government levels. Its focus is on a well-run mother tongue based bilingual system, that provides the best of both words for all children, where teachers and children communicate in a language they command and understand.

Currently PRAESA is researching how e-tablets can be used as tools to increase the stock of mother tongue reading materials, for the multilingual classroom and community. They are doing further studies to work out in which conditions e-tablets can be best used to help motivate and support reading for enjoyment.

PRAESA’s activities are in agreement with the basic philosophy of IBBY in that they value the child’s mother tongue. Their study of how to incorporate new media, such as tablets, is unique as a research and development programme focusing on bi-literacy and bilingualism in early childhood education.

This is the third time an organization in South Africa has won the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award. As the 2014 winner, the PRAESA projects and activities are especially significant because this year is the 20th anniversary of the abolition of apartheid.

IBBY warmly congratulates these two outstanding projects for their creative and effective approaches to helping children enter the world of books and reading.

The 2014 jury comprised:
Jury Chair Kiyoko Matsuoka (Japan), Marilar Aleixandre (Spain), Hasmig Chahinian (France), Nadia El Kholy (Egypt), Azucena Galindo (Mexico), Linda Pavonetti (USA) and Timotea Vrablova (Slovakia).

The prize money of US $10,000 for each winning project will be presented at the 34th IBBY Congress in Mexico City, at a special festive occasion on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Papalote Children’s Museum in Mexico City.

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization that represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together. It represents countries with well-developed book publishing and literacy programmes, and other countries with only a few dedicated professionals who are doing pioneer work in children’s book publishing and promotion.

For more information, please contact:

Susan Raab | Raab Associates | 00-1-914-241-2117 | sraab@raabassociates.com

www.ibby.org | www.ibbycongress2014.org | www.childrensbookbank.com | www.praesa.org.za