Cleaver Award presented to Oleg Lipchenko

2009 Cleaver Award winner Oleg Lipchenko with IBBY Canada President Patricia Ocampo.

IBBY Canada President Patricia Ocampo presented the 2009 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award to Oleg Lipchenko at a book launch held at Nicholas Hoare Books in Toronto on October 7, 2010. Mr. Lipchenko received a cheque for $1,000 and a certificate honouring his work on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published by Tundra Books, which was also celebrating the publication of his latest work, Humpty Dumpty and Friends.

This year’s jury – comprised of a Montreal school librarian; children’s librarian at the National Library and Archives of Quebec; and Master’s in Children’s Literature student from BC – had this to say about the winner:

“Oleg Lipchenko has turned this classic story into a rich experience for readers greeting Alice for the first time, as well as for those who know the original…Lipchenko’s illustrations are more than images on a page; they are an homage to the surreal quality and humor of Lewis Carroll’s text.”

The annual IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, established in 1985, honours outstanding artistic talent in Canadian picture books.

IBBY Canada at Word on the Street!

A bright, crisp Sunday morning was the perfect setting for book lovers, writers, families and friends to get together and celebrate literacy and reading. Our colourful IBBY Canada booth drew in plenty of curious passers-by. We spread the word about IBBY Canada while handing out bookmarks, buttons, and some sweets. This year we were fortunate to be able to feature a great raffle with a fantastic prize of Canadian picture books worth over $150. Congratulations to Bonnie Chin, a Toronto teacher, who won this awesome prize!

A special thanks to all the volunteers who came to help out at the IBBY Canada booth!

IBBY Canada at TPL’s Inaugural Book Bash!

The sun shone bright and warm on Saturday, August 28, 2010 as the Toronto Public Library held its first Book Bash! Children’s Literature Festival at the North York Central Library and on the outdoor stage in Mel Lastman Square. The event featured readings by authors and storytellers such as Marthe Jocelyn, Kenneth Oppel, Mariella Bertelli, and Barbara Reid, as well as crafts, face painting, and stilt walkers.

Patricia Ocampo (President), Kate Newman (Councillor–Ontario), and Jessica Fung (Newsletter Editor) were on hand to increase awareness of IBBY Canada and its goal of promoting children’s literacy at home and abroad. There were also Cleaver cards, posters, and, of course, memberships for sale. Knowing this was an event for children, Kate brought a bucket full of candy to give a way that proved immensely popular. There will also be free candy at the IBBY Canada booth at Toronto’s Word on the Street on Sunday, September 26, 2010 to celebrate IBBY Canada’s 30th birthday, so make sure to come by and say hello!

IBBY Canada at TPL’s inaugural Book Bash!

Come join some of Canada’s best-known authors and illustrators of great kids’ books at North York Central Library and Mel Lastman Square for the Toronto Public Library’s inaugural Book Bash! Children’s Literature Festival. It will be a fun day featuring readings, storytelling, a puppet show, face painting, crafts, activities, and enjoyment for all.

Saturday, August 28, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Meet talents like Sarah Ellis, Marthe Jocelyn, Loris Lesynski, Kenneth Oppel, Shane Peacock, Barbara Reid, Eric Walters, and Paul Yee. Be sure to drop by the IBBY booth!

IBBY Canada Cleaver Picture Book Award to illustrator Oleg Lipchenko

IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that illustrator Oleg Lipchenko is the winner of the 2009 IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (by Lewis Carroll), published by Tundra Books. The $1000 award will be presented to Oleg Lipchenko at a date and location to be announced.

Vivian Howard Receives Russell Grant for Research on Canadian Children’s Literature

IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that Vivian Howard of Dalhousie University is the recipient of the 2009 Frances Russell Grant. The $1,000 grant will be presented to Ms. Howard on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 7:00 p.m., at the New Book Bash & International Children’s Book Day Celebration, an annual event hosted by the Nova Scotia Children’s Literature Roundtable.

Ms. Howard receives the Frances Russell Grant for her proposal, “The regional geography of creativity: an investigation of regional themes in Atlantic Canadian literature for children and young adults.” She is undertaking a detailed analysis of regional themes in contemporary and historic Atlantic Canadian children’s literature and aims to create print and digital resources to enable greater use of regional Atlantic literature among readers, scholars, teachers and librarians.