Twenty-five of the best Indigenous picture books published in Canada between 2018–2020 were selected for the 2021 edition, with care taken to ensure that the collection reflects the diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit voices from sea to sea to sea, and that the titles are available and in print for anyone who wishes to access them.
The virtual launch of the 2021 edition of From Sea to Sea to Sea: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Books was hosted by celebrated author and journalist Waubgeshig Rice, and featured interviews with authors and illustrators Rebecca Thomas, Jenny Kay Dupuis, David Alexander Robertson, Leah Marie Dorion, Richard Van Camp, Monique Gray Smith and Nadia Sammurtok. We are grateful to all the creators involved.
There were many event highlights with 550 people joining the virtual launch and about 200 attending the post-event live webinar. The launch video is posted on Bibliovideo and continues to gain traction with over 3,500 views!
It brings us great joy that the catalogue is finding such a wide audience and is already being utilized by libraries and schools. Since IBBY Canada first launched From Sea to Sea to Sea in 2018, we’re thrilled to see the increase in interest in high-quality Indigenous children’s books published in Canada. And we’re honoured to have played a role in bringing these wonderful books and children together.
Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support of the launch of the 2021 edition of From Sea to Sea to Sea: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Books — and to our launch partners Bibliovideo and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
We look forward to continuing to promote the 2021 Indigenous Picture Book Collection with the introduction of the educators’ resource in the fall. Stay tuned!
To learn more about the 2021 edition of From Sea to Sea to Sea: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Books, and the wonderful team behind it, please click here. Or see the daily Twitter feed highlighting each book in the collection here.
Contributed by Patti McIntosh