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Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers<br>La société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants
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  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013 7:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Social Media and Beyond – Thinking Outside the Box

    From book trailers to websites, contests to conferences, come hear the strategies four successful children's literature professionals use to promote their books. Lena Coakley, Joanna Karaplis, Cheryl Rainfield and Vikki Vansickle will share their ideas and expertise on our panel this month.

    Please note: Before our regular program begins, CANSCAIP will hold memorial readings in tribute to Claire Mackay.

    WE HAVE MOVED! ATTEND MEETINGS AT:

    Centre for Social Innovation, Annex.
    720 Bathurst St. (just south of Bloor on Bathurst)
    Second Wednesday of the month, September 11 at 7:00 pm.

    Meetings are held in the ING Presentation Room, Ground Floor of 720 Bathurst St.

    Parking: There are two Green P's within walking distance. Street parking is also available, both paid and one-hour free zones.
    Transit: CSI Annex is one block south of the Bathurst subway stop on the Bloor line.
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013 11:47 AM | Karen Krossing
    In 2013, CANSCAIP instituted our first ever Creator-in-Residence program, featuring BC illustrator Dianna Bonder and Ontario author Kathy Stinson as Creators-in-Residence. Now, CANSCAIP is pleased to continue this program with one new author Creator-in-Residence for 2014. Interested applicants must apply by October 11, 2013. (Based on continued success of this program, an illustrator Creator-in-Residence is tentatively planned for 2015.)

    For more information on the position and how to submit, please click here.

    Applications to be mentored by the Creator-in-Residence will begin in November 2013. Details to come. 

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013 11:12 AM | Karen Krossing
    CONGRATULATIONS

    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners and nominees:

    2013 Dallas Songwriters Song Contest

    Max Tell was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Dallas Songwriters Song Contest for “Cat in My Hoody.” It was also an award winner in the 2012 Great American Songwriting Contest in the children’s lyric division.

    Winnipeg Public Library’s On the Same Page 2013-2014 Reading Club

    Eva Wiseman’s book No One Must Know has been shortlisted for Winnipeg Public Library’s On the Same Page 2013-2014 Reading Club. You can vote for Eva’s book at http://wpl.winnipeg.ca/library/onthesamepage.asp

    2013 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award

    The 2013 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards were presented in June 6 at the Toronto Reference Library. Sharon E. McKay won in the Children’s Literature category for her novel Enemy Territory, published by Annick Press.

    Barbara Reid appointed to the Order of Canada

    Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Barbara Reid has been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. The announcement was made in Ottawa on June 28, 2013. Reid was chosen for her contributions as a children’s book illustrator and author, widely known for her creative use of the medium of Plasticine.

    Her first book was New Baby Calf by Edith Newlin, and since then Barbara has illustrated over 25 books for children. She has won numerous awards including the Amelia Francis Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award (Illustration), the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award and the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award (Illustration).

    For more information about the Order of Canada or to nominate someone, visit www.gg.ca/honours.

    Finalists announced for the 2013 Information Book Award

    The Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2013 Information Book Award. The deadline for voting is November 18, 2013 with the winner being announced on November 22, 2013. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    • Kate and Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story, written by Martin Springett, photographs by Isobel Springett, Puffin Canada
    • Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport, written by Deborah Hodge, Tundra Books

    2012 Lane Anderson Award

    The finalists competing for the 2012 Lane Anderson Award were announced by Hollister Doll and Sharon Fitzhenry, directors of the Fitzhenry Family Foundation. The annual Lane Anderson Award honours two jury-selected books, in the categories of adult and young reader, published in the field of science, and written by a Canadian. The winner in each category will receive a prize of $10,000. Winners will be announced on 26th September. The finalists in the young reader category include Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea, written by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Willow Dawson, Kids Can Press.

    Finalists for CODE’s Inaugural Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature Announced

    CODE is proud to announce the finalists for its inaugural Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. The winners of the first edition of this annual Award will be announced on October 2nd, 2013. Established by CODE in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, this aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across Canada by recognizing excellence in English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors. The shortlist includes Free Throw, by Jacqueline Guest, published by James Lorimer & Company.

    2013 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards

    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is pleased to announce the finalists for its seven major children’s book awards. The winners will be announced at two invitation-only gala events in Toronto on October 22 and Montreal on October 29. For the first time ever, TD is partnering with CBC Books to present the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Fan Choice Award. Young readers will be asked to pick their favourite book from the shortlisted TD Award titles in an online poll starting on Monday, September 9. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

    • Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War, written by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books
    • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, written by Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books
    • The Stamp Collector, written by Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by François Thisdale, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

    • The Stamp Collector, written by Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by François Thisdale, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

    • Going Up! Elisha Otis’s Trip to the Top, written by Monica Kulling, illustrated by David Parkins, Tundra Books
    • Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story, written by Martin Springett, photographs by Isobel Springett, Puffin Canada
    • Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War, written by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books
    • Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death – The Story of Steven Truscott, written by Bill Swan, James Lorimer
    • Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport, written by Deborah Hodge, Tundra Books

    Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

    • A Call to Battle, written by Gillian Chan, Scholastic Canada
    • Making Bombs for Hitler, written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Scholastic Canada
    • Yesterday’s Dead, written by Pat Bourke, Second Story Press

    John Spray Mystery Award

    • Becoming Holmes, written by Shane Peacock, Tundra Books
    • Devil’s Pass (Seven the series), written by Sigmund Brouwer, Orca Book Publishers
    • Neil Flambé and the Tokyo Treasure, written and illustrated by Kevin Sylvester, Simon & Schuster Books

    Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy

    • Island of Doom: The Hunchback Assignments IV, written by Arthur Slade, HarperCollins Publishers
  • Wednesday, September 04, 2013 12:19 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Call for Papers 

    We invite you to submit proposals for seminar and poster sessions at the 34th IBBY International Congress in Mexico City, 2014 

    Central Topics • The idea of inclusion • Inclusion in children’s and young adult literature • Literature as a hospitable house • Literature that excludes • In the promotion of reading 

    Please refer to the pop-up menu Central Topics for a more detailed description. Requirements for presentations at the seminar sessions • Title of proposed presentation • Main topic presented • Summary of presentation in no more than 250 words 

    Requirements for presentations at the poster sessions • Title of proposed poster • Main topic presented • Summary of presentation in no more than 100 words Requirements for all proposals • The presentation can be in English or in Spanish.

    Deadline for submitting all applications is 31 August 2013. • Each submission must be accompanied by the applicant's full name, nationality, title, postal address, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail. 

    The Congress Committee will select the seminar speakers by 30 November 2013 and will reply to all accepted applicants before the end of the year. • The Congress Committee will select the posters by 30 November 2013 and will reply to successful proposals before the end of the year. • It is understood that all seminar speakers and poster presenters will pay the Congress registration fee. 

    Applications should be addressed to: 34th IBBY International Congress 2014 
    Goya núm. 54 Colonia Insurgentes-Mixcoac, C.P. 03920 México, D.F. 
    Tel. 5563 1435 / 5211 0492 vinculacion AT ibbymexico DOT org DOT mx
  • Monday, August 19, 2013 10:34 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Claire Mackay 1930-2013

    CANSCAIP is deeply saddened to have lost one of our founding members, Claire Mackay. 

    Claire co-founded CANSCAIP in 1976 and was an integral part of the growth and professionalization of Canadian children's literature.  She was a mentor with a brilliant sense of humour to many other writers in addition to being admired by her thousands of readers. 

    She will be missed by her husband, Jack, her three sons, her daughter-in-laws, her grandchildren, and by CANSCAIP and the Canadian children's literature community at large.

    Further details can be found in the following Globe and Mail article.
  • Friday, June 21, 2013 2:11 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)


    E writer in residence – Young Voices: creative writing with teens 

    Off-site, Oct 26 – November 23, 2013 
    Remuneration: $3,500 

    Toronto Public Library invites applications from creative writers for the Young Voices fall 2013 E Writer in Residence position. The residency is designed to encourage exchanges between the author and the community and requires 14 hours per week of on-line exchanges, plus attendance at 3 events in Toronto: the launch of the 2013 Young Voices magazine October 8, 2013, the 2013 Young Voices Conference on October 26, plus a wrap-up celebration event, date to be determined. 

    On-line duties commence October 26 and end November 23 and include: 
    • Receive submissions by email and respond with thanks 
    • Read submissions and develop feedback and respond 
    • Blog on the TPL teen page, monitor blog and respond to comments as appropriate 
    • Develop e-zine featuring teen writers who submitted to the program
    In advance of the actual residency, the E writer in residence will develop, in collaboration with the Young Voices staff working group:
    • Creative ideas for interacting online with youth
    • Criteria and guidelines for the call for submissions
    • A set schedule for on-line activities 
    Eligibility Criteria: 
    • Must reside in Canada. Please note, no travel or accommodation costs will be paid.
    • Professionally published author of fiction or poetry
    • Experience in teaching creative writing concepts to teens
    • Understanding of the needs of aspiring teen writers
    • Active online presence with experience developing blog content, e-zines or literary journals and delivering programs, workshops and readings.
    Applications must include:
    • Cover letter outlining ability to meet eligibility criteria (1 page)
    • Curriculum Vitae or Resume, including a list of publications and completed projects, a summary of teaching or workshop experience, and experience in the development of on-line content and use of social media
    • Sample of recent work (15-20 pages)
    • Two letters of reference 
    Application Deadline: Friday, June 28, 2013 

    Send applications to: E Writer in Residence – Young Voices c/o Jayne Delbeek Eksteins Cedarbrae Branch 545 Markham Road Toronto, Ontario M1H 2A1 - OR - jdelbeek-eksteins at torontopubliclibrary dot ca
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2013 7:53 PM | Karen Krossing

    CONGRATULATIONS

    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners and nominees:

    2013 Forest of Reading Award Winners

    The winners of the 2013 Forest of Reading Awards were announced in May. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    Blue Spruce™ Award Winner

    • Kate and Pippin, Martin Springett and Isobel Springett, Puffin Canada

    Honour Book

    • Splinters, Kevin Sylvester, Tundra Books

    2013 Silver Birch® Fiction Award Winner

    • Making Bombs for Hitler, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Scholastic Canada

    Honour Book

    • Missing, Becky Citra, Orca Book Publishers

    2013 Silver Birch® Non-Fiction Award Winner

    • No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs, Rob Laidlaw, Pajama Press

    2013 Red Maple™ Fiction Award Winner

    Honour Book

    • This Dark Endeavour, Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins Canada

    2013 Red Maple™ Non-Fiction Award Winner

    • Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death, Bill Swan,  James Lorimer

    Honour Book

    • Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch Pajama Press

    2013 White Pine™ Award Honour Books

    • Witchlanders, Lena Coakley, Simon & Schuster
      All Good Children, Catherine Austen, Orca Book Publishers

    R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature
    The Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta announced the winner of the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature, supported in memory of CANSCAIPer Mary Woodbury. The winner is The Discovery of Longitude, written by Joan Marie Galat and illustrated by Wes Lowe, Pelican Publishing Company.

    Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

    The 2013 winners for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced. Winner of the Children’s Picture Book Award Category is A Hen for Izzy Pippik, written by Aubrey Davis, illustrations by Marie Lafrance, Kids Can Press. Winner of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award Category is The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books.

    IBBY Canada’s Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program

    IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that CANSCAIPer Martha Newbigging has been selected for the inaugural Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. Martha Newbigging’s residency will take place during the month of October 2013 at the Northern District Branch of the Toronto Public Library. The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program offers published children’s book illustrators the opportunity to participate in a one month residency in a public library. The program honours Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), who illustrated many influential Canadian children’s books.

    2013 Arthur Ellis Award

    The winners of the 2013 Arthur Ellis Awards have been announced. Shane Peacock takes home the prize for best juvenile/YA crime book for his novel, Becoming Holmes (Tundra), the sixth and final installment in The Boy Sherlock Holmes series.

    2013 CBA Libris Awards

    The winners of the 2013 CBA Libris Award recognize the extraordinary professionals who deliver great books to Canadian readers. Children’s bookstore Mabel’s Fables took home the honour for specialty bookseller. The winner in the young reader category was Such Wicked Intent written by Kenneth Oppel, published by HarperCollins Publishers.

  • Monday, May 13, 2013 9:01 AM | Karen Krossing

    CONGRATULATIONS

    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners and nominees:

    2013 BC Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

    The West Coast Book Prize Society is proud to recognize Sarah Ellis as a recipient of the 10th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. This prize was established in 2003 to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. The recipient receives a cash award of $5,000 and a commemorative certificate.

    Shortlist for the 2013 Alberta Literary Awards

    The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2013 Alberta Literary Awards, including the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    • The Discovery of Longitude, written by Joan Marie Galat, illustrated by Wes Love, Pelican Publishing Company

    2013 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award

    The Canadian Library Association selected The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen (Tundra Books) as the winning title for the 2013 Book of the Year for Children Award. The jury also selected The Grave Robber’s Apprentice by Allan Stratton (HarperCollins) as an Honour Book.

    2013 CLA Young Adult Book Award

    The Canadian Library Association selected My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt (Groundwood Books) as the winner of the 2013 CLA Young Adult Book Award. Honour books include What Happened to Ivy by Kathy Stinson (Second Story Press).

    Shortlists for the 2013 Arthur Ellis Award

    The Crime Writers of Canada announced the shortlists for the 2013 Arthur Ellis Awards for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book. The awards are for crime writing, and include crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense and thriller writing. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    • Becoming Holmes, written by Shane Peacock, Tundra Books
    • Crush. Candy. Corpse., written by Sylvia McNicoll, James Lorimer & Company

    2012 Science in Society Book Award

    The Canadian Science Writers’ Association offers two $1000 annual book awards to honour outstanding contributions to science writing – one intended for children/middle grade readers and one for the general public. The youth book winner is The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea by Helaine Becker and Willow Dawson (illus.), published by Kids Can Press. Entries were judged on the basis of initiative, originality, scientific accuracy, clarity of interpretation and value in promoting a better understanding of science by the public.

    Nominees for the 2013 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards

    The 2013 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards aim to promote reading and Canadian literature by giving young people the opportunity to vote for their favourite Canadian book from an annual preselected list. Nominees for the 2014 award include the following titles by CANSCAIPers:

    • Crush. Candy. Corpse., Sylvia McNicoll (Lorimer)
    • Making Bombs for Hitler, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Scholastic)
    • Middle of Nowhere, Caroline Adderson (Groundwood Books)
    • My Name is Parvana, Deborah Ellis (Groundwood Books)
    • Such Wicked Intent, Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins)
    • The Grave Robber’s Apprentice, Allan Stratton (HarperCollins)
    • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, Susin Nielsen (Tundra)
    • Ungifted, Gordon Korman (Scholastic)
    • Yesterday’s Dead, Pat Bourke (Second Story Press)

    Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize

    The West Coast Book Prize Society handed out the 2013 BC Book Prizes in May. The winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize is Middle of Nowhere, written by Caroline Adderson, Groundwood Books.

    2012/2013 Red Cedar Book Awards

    The Information Book Award Winner for the 2012/2013 Red Cedar Book Awards is Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War by Marsha Forchuck Skrypuch, Pajama Press.

    Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards

    The winners of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award 2013 were announced. Catherine Austen, author of 25 Tips for Surviving Grade 6, was the winner in the English fiction category.

    CBA Libris Awards Shortlist Revealed

    The Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) and Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced the 2013 CBA Libris Awards shortlist. In the Picture Book Category, titles by CANSCAIPers include The Stamp Collector, written by Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by François Thisdale, Fitzhenry and Whiteside. In the Young Reader Category, titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, written by Susan Nielsen, Tundra Books
    • Such Wicked Intent, written by Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins
  • Wednesday, May 01, 2013 12:18 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Congratulations to Jennifer Lanthier, winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for The Americas (Canada/Mexico/Central & South America) for The Stamp Collector (Fitzhenry and Whiteside, illustrated by Francois Thisdale).


  • Monday, April 22, 2013 11:58 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    CONGRATULATIONS to Sylvia McNicoll, nominated for Crush Candy Corpse published by Lorimer and to Shane Peacock, nominated for Becoming Holmes, published by Tundra Books, both in the Juvenile/YA category for The Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards!
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