IBBY Honour List Press Release – English

February 10, 2010: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

IBBY Canada announces 2010 Honour List children’s books
Canadian children’s book authors, illustrators and translators recognized internationally

IBBY Canada, the Canadian National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People, is delighted to announce the selection of Canada’s IBBY Honour List children’s books for 2010:

  • English text: Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson (Penguin Canada, 2008)
  • French text: Hush! Hush! by Michel Noel (Éditions Hurtubise, 2006)
  • Illustration: La Petite Rapporteuse de Mots, illustrated by Geneviève Côté and written by Danielle Simard (Les Éditions Les 400 Coups, 2007)
  • Translation English to French: L’Ombre de Malabron, by Thomas Wharton; translated by Dominique Fortier (Éditions du Trécarré Groupe Librex, 2008)Translation French to English: Pieces of Me (La liberté? Connais pas…), by Charlotte Gingras; translated by Susan Ouriou (Kids Can Press, 2009)
  • by Vital Thomas; translated by Mary Siemens; illustrated by Archie Beaulieu (Theytus Books, 2007)
  • Translation English to Dogrib: Yamǫózha Eyıts’ ǫ Wets’èkeè Tsà – Yamozha and His Beaver Wife, by Vital Thomas; translated by Mary Siemens; illustrated by Archie Beaulieu (Theytus Books, 2007)

The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding books for children, jury-selected to represent the best recently published children’s literature in each country. IBBY Canada Honour List titles, along with the Honour List titles from many other countries, will be presented at the 32nd IBBY World Congress in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, September 8-12, 2010.

IBBY Canada’s selection jury consisted of:

  • Lisa Doucet, co-manager, Woozles Children’s Bookstore, Halifax
  • Susane Duchesne, manager of children’s literature, Librairie Monet, Montreal
  • Brianne Grant, Human Early Learning Partnership, UBC, Vancouver
  • Kathy Kacer, author, Toronto
  • Alice Liénard, bookseller, Librairie Monet, Montreal
  • Elise Lewis, library technician, Katimavik School and Edouard Laurin School, Montreal
  • Olivia Marleau, librarian, J.P. Dawson Bibliothèque de Ville-Mont-Royal, Montréal

IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People, was started in 1953 in postwar Germany to promote understanding around the world through children’s books. IBBY is an international network with a mandate to ensure that children in every part of the world can become readers, to bridge cultures and promote peace and understanding between peoples. IBBY has over 70 national sections in countries as diverse as Mongolia, Uganda, Venezuela, India, Japan, France, Finland, China, Mexico, the US and Canada.

IBBY Canada (www.ibby-canada.org) is a volunteer organization, formed in 1980, to promote quality English, French and Aboriginal language Canadian children’s literature, in Canada and around the world. IBBY Canada members include authors, illustrators, librarians, booksellers, educators, and publishers.

For more information, please contact:
Helena Aalto
Promotion Officer, IBBY Canada
(416) 658-3144