CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: IBBY Canada 2019 Illustrator in Residence program

IBBY Canada invites submissions from published Canadian children’s book illustrators for the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program. The program will be held during the month of October 2019, hosted at the Toronto Public Library North York Central Branch (Yonge & Sheppard). The submission deadline is Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program is a joint project of IBBY Canada, the family of Joanne Fitzgerald, Toronto Public Library, Edmonton Public Library, and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. The program honours the memory of Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), whose books include Plain Noodles, Emily’s House and Doctor Kiss Says Yes (winner of the Governor General’s Award). The program launched in 2013 with children’s book illustrator Martha Newbigging, followed by Patricia Storms, John Martz, Dianna Bonder, Ashley Barron, and Nahid Kazemi.

Overview of the Illustrator in Residence program:

  • The illustrator conducts art activities for classes of children, presentations to adults and students, and individual portfolio reviews
  • The illustrator’s original work is exhibited in an art gallery space at Toronto Public Library
  • Remuneration of $4,000 is provided to the illustrator, plus up to $300 for art supplies
  • Additional funds or other support for travel and accommodation may be available
  • Submissions are evaluated and the illustrator is selected by a jury with expertise in illustrated children’s books

Requirements for illustrators:

  • Has illustrated four or more professionally published children’s books, with publication confirmed for a new book within the next few years
  • Experience in developing and delivering programs for kids, teens, and adults
  • Is friendly and empathetic, with an understanding of the needs of aspiring artists
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Vulnerable sector screening clearance from police
  • Available for month of October 2019 for 15 to 20 hours of scheduled programming per week: two days of morning and afternoon school visits, two weekday evenings of adult programming (but no weekends). More information is in the following Programming Guidelines.
  • PREVIOUS APPLICANTS WELCOME: If you’ve applied in a previous year, you are welcome to apply again for the 2019 program

Send submissions by Wednesday, July 31, 2019 to illustrator@ibby-canada.org. Submissions must be a single Word or PDF document that includes:

  • Your programming ideas for different audiences: classes of school kids, art students in high school/college/university, adults (see Programming Guidelines below)
  • CV or resume that includes books (with publisher and year) and presentation experience
  • Two letters of reference about your presentations

Programming Guidelines

IBBY Canada’s Illustrator in Residence program coordinator works closely with the illustrator and the library before and during the residency. The coordinator arranges and schedules the class visits and portfolio reviews, maintains and updates the calendar of activities, and keeps the illustrator informed about any changes. The library promotes the program through their marketing vehicles, provides rooms and equipment, and offers space for the illustrator to store their supplies. The illustrator develops and presents the programming sessions, conducts the portfolio reviews, brings mounted or framed artwork for the gallery display, and purchases materials and supplies (costs are reimbursed).

We encourage illustrators to propose creative and engaging programming ideas, and also to be open to suggestions from Toronto Public Library and IBBY Canada. The illustrator develops and leads the following types of workshops and presentations:

Workshops for Grades 2 to 6 in the library
Classes of kids from Grades 2 to 6 visit the library for 90-minute hands-on art workshops developed and led by the illustrator. In the workshops, everyone creates an individual piece to take with them, or works together on a group project to bring back to the school. Since different classes come to each workshop, the art activity can be the same, with modifications as needed for the ages of the kids.

The workshops for school classes should include a short presentation about the illustrator’s work with projected visuals (e.g., PowerPoint); a projector and screen are provided by the library. However, most of the workshop should be spent on the hands-on art activity.

The workshops for school classes are scheduled in the morning and afternoon on two days each week, with about 15 in total for the month. The illustrator provides enough art materials and reusable supplies for a class set and at the end of each workshop collects the reusable supplies. The costs of materials and supplies is reimbursed. Teachers and parent volunteers stay in the workshop to supervise the class.

Presentations for adults in the library
Presentations for adults are 60 minutes, with a presentation scheduled one evening of each week in October, four in total. The content of each presentation should be different, since adults may come to several presentations. Hands-on art activities aren’t recommended for adult presentations. The focus should be on professional development topics, such as getting started as an illustrator, illustration work opportunities, developing a style, promoting illustration work, building a portfolio, and illustrating for publishers. Adult presentations should include projected visuals (e.g., PowerPoint).

Portfolio reviews in the library
Artists and art students can book individual 30-minute portfolio review meetings with the illustrator, to get feedback and suggestions on the artwork they bring with them. Portfolio reviews are held in the library, on one evening of each week in October, with up to six portfolio reviews per evening.

Presentations for students at high schools, colleges, and universities
High school, college and university presentations are held at the school, not in the library. Presentations are 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the school’s schedule. The presentations for students at their schools can be similar to the presentations for adults at the library.

You’re Invited to the IBBY Canada Annual General Meeting of Members

The IBBY Canada Annual General Meeting of Members will be taking place on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

IBBY Canada members* and public are welcome to attend.

Please join us to meet the incoming executive board, to celebrate IBBY Canada’s activities over the past year, to learn about what’s planned for 2019-2020, and to vote on upcoming changes! Light refreshments will be served.

WHEN: Monday, June 17, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
WHERE: Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Room 200

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: “The Lady with the Books”
Author Kathy Stinson will speak about her upcoming book on IBBY founder Jella Lepman

After the formal meeting, join us at the Duke of Kent, 2315 Yonge Street (Yonge and Roehampton, one block north of Eglinton).

*Please note that, while all are welcome, in order to vote at the AGM you have to be a current member in good standing. You can renew your membership at any time online here. Memberships can also be renewed at the AGM.

Please RSVP to ibbycanada@gmail.com by June 10, 2019 to let us know if you’ll be able to make it. We hope to see you there!


Vous êtes invités à l’Assemblée générale annuelle des membres d’IBBY Canada

Veuillez vous joindre à nous pour rencontrer les membres sortants et les nouveaux membres du comité exécutif. Ainsi, vous allez pouvoir vous mettre à jour sur les réalisations d’IBBY Canada au cours de l’année, voter pour les changements à venir et en savoir plus long sur les projets 2019-2020.

QUAND: le lundi 17 juin 2019, 6 :00-8 :00.
LIEU: Succursale centrale North York, Bibliothèque publique de Toronto, 40, boulevard Orchard View, salle 200.

PRÉSENTATION SPECIAL: “The Lady with the Books”
L’auteur Kathy Stinson parlera de le fondateur de IBBY Jella Lepman

Après la réunion officielle, joignez-vous à Duke of Kent, 2315 Yonge Street (Yonge and Roehampton, au nord de Eglinton).

*Tous sont les bienvenus, cependant veuillez prendre note du fait que seuls les membres de plein droit pourront exercer le droit de vote. Il vous est possible de renouveler votre cotisation en ligne en tout temps ou en personne le soir de l’Assemblée.

Veuillez bien confirmer votre présence par courriel (ibbycanada@gmail.com) avant le juin 10 Au plaisir de vous y voir!

Julie Morstad wins 2018 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award for Bloom

IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that Julie Morstad has won the 2018 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award for Bloom, written by Kyo Maclear, published by Tundra Books. The winner receives $1,000. The jury also selected two honour books from the list of ten finalists: Africville, illustrated by Eva Campbell and written by Shauntay Grant; and Deep Underwater, written and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher.

Julie Morstad is an acclaimed illustrator and author who lives with her family in Vancouver, BC. She has written and illustrated many children’s books including Today, How To and The Wayside. Her beautiful illustrations can be found in When Green Becomes Tomatoes, written by Julie Fogliano; Julia, Child, written by Kyo Maclear; the critically acclaimed Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, written by Laurel Snyder; and When I Was Small and This Is Sadie, both written by Sara O’Leary.

In selecting Bloom as the winner, the jury commented:

Julie Morstad presents a riot of colour in Bloom, with flowers and fashion leaping from the page and bringing designer Elsa Schiaparelli and her talents to life. Morstad’s illustrations are as refined and creative as the subject of her book, and beautifully convey the message of empowerment from Kyo Maclear’s text. A dazzling and elegant work that is sure to enchant the imagination of young readers.

About the two honour books, the jury said:

Africville, illustrated by Eva Campbell and written by Shauntay Grant (Groundwood Books)

Eva Campbell brings Africville to life using vibrant colours and immersive compositions. Her rich oil and pastel illustrations create a warm and vivid world, inviting readers to become part of this historic community and experience it fully.

Deep Underwater, written and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher (Groundwood Books)

Irene Luxbacher presents a kaleidoscope of colours, objects, shifting currents and patterns, creating an ocean filled with mystery, magic and fantastical creatures. Her wondrous illustrations will both soothe and fascinate readers.


The jury for the 2018 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award was comprised of jury chair Camilia Kahrizi, former Marketing and Website Coordinator for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre; Carol-Ann Hoyte, school librarian, children’s poet and editor; and Merle Harris, library technician, author, storyteller and literacy advocate.

IBBY Canada’s 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.

For more information, please contact:

Emma Sakamoto
Promotions Officer, IBBY Canada
promotions@ibby-canada.org


Julie Morstad remporte le prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver 2018 pour l’album Canadien Bloom

IBBY Canada (Union internationale pour les livres de jeunesse — section canadienne) est fier d’annoncer que Julie Morstad a remporté le prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver 2018 pour l’album illustré Bloom, écrit par Kyo Maclear, publié chez Tundra Books. La gagnante reçoit un prix de $1,000. De la liste des 10 finalistes, le jury a également sélectionné deux livres à l’honneur : Africville, illustré par Eva Campbell et écrit par Shauntay Grant ; et Deep Underwater, écrit et illustré par Irene Luxbacher.

Julie Morstad est une illustratrice et auteure de renommée qui vit avec sa famille à Vancouver, C.B. Elle a écrit et illustré de nombreux livres pour enfants, entre autre, Today, How To and The Wayside. On retrouve ses magnifiques illustrations dans When Green Becomes Tomatoes, écrit par Julie Fogliano; Julia, Child, écrit par Kyo Maclear; Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, livre acclamé par la critique écrit par Laurel Snyder; When I Was Small et This Is Sadie, écrit tout deux par Sara O’Leary.

En choisissant Bloom comme vainqueur, le jury a ainsi commenté :

Dans Bloom, Julie Morstad nous présente une explosion de couleurs, avec des fleurs et des vêtements qui sortent de la page, tout en donnant vie à la dessinatrice de mode Elsa Schiaparelli et à son talent. Les illustrations de Morstad sont à la fois raffinées et créatives tout comme le sujet de son livre, et rend hommage au message d’émancipation du texte de Kyo Maclear. Une œuvre éblouissante et élégante qui saura enchanter l’imaginaire des jeunes lecteurs.

Au sujet des livres à l’honneur, le jury a écrit :

Africville, illustré par Eva Campbell et écrit par Shauntay Grant (Groundwood Books)

À travers ses couleurs vibrantes et ses compositions immersives, Eva Campbell donne vie à Africville. Les riches illustrations à l’huile et au pastel créent un monde chaleureux et vivace qui invite les lecteurs à prendre part à cette communauté historique et à y vivre pleinement.

Deep Underwater, écrit et illustré par Irene Luxbacher (Groundwood Books)

Irene Luxbacher nous présente un kaléidoscope de couleurs, d’objets, déplaçant les courants et les motifs, créant ainsi un océan rempli de mystère, de magie et de créatures fantastiques. Ses illustrations merveilleuses apaisent et fascine les lecteurs.

Le jury du Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour un album illustré Canadien 2018 était cette année formé de Camilia Kahrizi, anciennement coordonnatrice du marketing et du site internet pour le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien, et présidente du jury ; Carol-Ann Hoyte, bibliothécaire scolaire, poète pour enfants et éditrice ; et Merle Harris, documentaliste, auteur, conteur et défenseur de la littérature.

Le prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour un album illustré Canadien, a été mis sur pied en 1985 par IBBY Canada en l’honneur de l’une des illustratrices les plus reconnues au Canada. Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver a laissé un legs testamentaire afin de faire reconnaitre chaque année le talent artistique exceptionnel retrouvé dans un album illustré canadien. Le lauréat reçoit un prix de 1000$.

IBBY, l’Union internationale pour les livres de jeunesse, (www.ibby.org), a été fondé en 1953. Ce réseau d’organismes qui se trouve dans 79 pays, a pour mission de favoriser la rencontre des livres et des enfants. IBBY Canada, créé en 1980 (www.ibby-canada.org) est un organisme bénévole qui fait la promotion au niveau national et international de la littérature canadienne francophone et anglophone pour la jeunesse.

Pour plus d’information, veuillez contacter :

Emma Sakamoto
Agente de promotion, IBBY Canada
promotions@ibby-canada.org

Finalists announced for 2018 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award

IBBY Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. Every year, the Cleaver Award is presented to a Canadian illustrator in recognition of artistic excellence in a picture book.

The winner and the honour books will be announced via IBBY Canada’s Facebook and Twitter on Thursday, February 21, at 11:00 AM EST.

The jury reviewed over 100 picture books published in Canada in 2018. This year’s finalists do an exceptional job of telling stories for and about children using a wide range of styles and media. For their artistic excellence and outstanding visual storytelling, the jury has selected the following ten picture books:

Africville, illustrated by Eva Campbell and written by Shauntay Grant (Groundwood Books)
Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock, illustrated by Amanda Strong and written by Dallas Hunt (Portage & Main Press / HighWater Press)
Bloom, illustrated by Julie Morstad and written by Kyo Maclear (Tundra Books)
Blue Rider, illustrations and story by Geraldo Valério (Groundwood Books)
Deep Underwater, written and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher (Groundwood Books)
The Funeral, written and illustrated by Matt James (Groundwood Books)
Mustafa, written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood Books)
Red Sky at Night, written and illustrated by Elly MacKay (Tundra Books)
Toucania, illustrated by Marianne Ferrer and co-written with Valérie Picard (Monsieur Ed)
Wallpaper, illustrations and story by Thao Lam (Owlkids Books)

The jury for the 2018 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award was comprised of jury chair Camilia Kahrizi, former Marketing and Website Coordinator for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre; Carol-Ann Hoyte, school librarian, children’s poet and editor; and Merle Harris, library technician, author, storyteller and literacy advocate.

IBBY Canada’s 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), was founded in 1953. It is a network of organizations in 79 countries committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada, started in 1980 (www.ibby-canada.org), is a volunteer organization promoting quality Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally.

For more information, please contact:

Emma Sakamoto
Promotions Officer, IBBY Canada
promotions@ibby-canada.org

 


Annonce des finalistes du Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour un album illustré Canadien 2018

IBBY Canada est heureux d’annoncer les finalistes pour le Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour un album illustré Canadien 2018. Chaque année, le prix Cleaver est remis à un illustrateur canadien en reconnaissance de l’excellence artistique d’un album illustré.

Le gagnant et les livres sur la liste d’honneur seront annoncés en ligne sur les sites Facebook (facebook.com/ibbycanada) et Twitter de IBBY Canada le jeudi 21 février à 11:00, heure de l’est.

Le jury a évalué plus de 100 livres publiés au Canada en 2018. Les finalistes choisis cette année ont remarquablement bien illustré et raconté des histoires au sujet des enfants et pour eux, en utilisant une grande variété de styles et de média. Pour l’excellence artistique et la narration visuelle exceptionnelle, le jury a choisi les 10 albums suivants:

Africville, illustré par Eva Campbell et écrit par Shauntay Grant (Groundwood Books)
Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock, illustré par Amanda Strong et écrit par Dallas Hunt (Portage & Main Press / HighWater Press)
Bloom, illustré par Julie Morstad et écrit par Kyo Maclear (Tundra Books)
Blue Rider, illustré par Geraldo Valério (Groundwood Books)
Deep Underwater, écrit et illustré par Irene Luxbacher (Groundwood Books)
The Funeral, écrit et illustré par Matt James (Groundwood Books)
Mustafa, écrit et illustré par Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood Books)
Red Sky at Night, écrit et illustré par Elly MacKay (Tundra Books)
Toucania, illustré par Marianne Ferrer et co-écrit avec Valérie Picard (Monsieur Ed)
Wallpaper, illustré par Thao Lam (Owlkids Books)

Le jury du Prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour un album illustré Canadien 2018 était cette année formé de Camilia Kahrizi, anciennement coordonnatrice du marketing et du site internet pour le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien, et présidente du jury; Carol-Ann Hoyte, bibliothécaire scolaire, poète pour enfants et éditrice; et Merle Harris, documentaliste, auteur, conteur et défenseur de la littérature.

Le prix Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver pour un album illustré Canadien, a été mis sur pied en 1985 par IBBY Canada en l’honneur de l’une des illustratrices les plus reconnues au Canada. Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver a laissé un legs testamentaire afin de faire reconnaitre chaque année le talent artistique exceptionnel retrouvé dans un album illustré canadien. Le lauréat reçoit un prix de 1000$.

IBBY, l’Union internationale pour les livres de jeunesse, (www.ibby.org), a été fondé en 1953. Ce réseau d’organismes qui se trouve dans 79 pays, a pour mission de favoriser la rencontre des livres et les enfants. IBBY Canada, créé en 1980 (www.ibby-canada.org) est un organisme bénévole qui fait la promotion au niveau national et international de la littérature canadienne francophone et anglophone pour la jeunesse.

Pour plus d’information, veuillez contacter :

Emma Sakamoto
Agente de promotion, IBBY Canada
promotions@ibby-canada.org

Wordless picture books from Canada nominated for the Silent Books Collection in Italy

Four wordless picture books have been chosen to represent Canada in the fourth edition of the Silent Books Collection:

Blue Rider by Geraldo Valério, published by Groundwood Books
Letters to a Prisoner by Jacques Goldstyn, published by Owlkids Books
Wallpaper, by Thao Lam, published by Owlkids Books
Woodrow at Sea by Wallace Edwards, published by Pajama Press

“This international collection of wordless picture books, initiated by IBBY Italia, has been invaluable for the creation of a children’s library on the island of Lampedusa. Due to the ongoing wave of migration and the constant flow of arrivals in many countries, it continues to be important that publishing should concentrate on producing good quality books to help refugee children and their families understand the world.” [IBBY Italia]

This collection is now expanding to its fourth edition. An international panel of judges will compile an honour list from all the submitted titles from around the world. The honour list will be announced at the upcoming Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy. These books are highly valued internationally and will be highlighted by IBBY International.

The collection will be exhibited in three places: one permanently housed at the prestigious Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome as part of their Art Shelf collection; another one as a travelling world exhibition; and a third as the children’s library on the island of Lampedusa.

We are delighted that our Canadian books will beautify far-away shelves and that they’ll be shared by so many others worldwide.

Meet Nahid Kazemi

IBBY Canada and Toronto Public Library invite you to celebrate Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program and the 2018 illustrator Nahid Kazemi

Monday, October 1, 2018
6:00 to 7:30 pm
Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch 40 Orchard View Blvd., Room 200

IBBY Canada is the Canadian section of the International Board on Books for Young People. The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program is a joint project of IBBY Canada, Toronto Public Library, and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, with the support of The Young Family.