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  • Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:46 PM | Karen Krossing

    CONGRATULATIONS

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

    2013 Forest of Reading® Nominees

    The Ontario Library Association has announced the nominees for the 2013 Forest of Reading® Program.

    Blue Spruce™ Nominees (Grades K - 2)

    • JoJo the Giant, written by Jane Barclay, illustrated by Esperança Melo, Tundra Books
    • Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story, written by Martin Springett, photos by Isobel Springett, Penguin Group (Canada)
    • Larf, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, Kids Can Press
    • Splinters, written and illustrated by Kevin Sylvester, Tundra Books

    Silver Birch® Nominees (Grades 3 - 6)

    Fiction

    • Dragon Seer’s Gift, written by Janet McNaughton, HarperCollins Publishers
    • The Grave Robber’s Apprentice, written by Allan Stratton, HarperCollins Publishers
    • Making Bombs For Hitler, written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Scholastic Canada
    • Missing, written by Becky Citra, Orca Book Publishers
    • Neil Flambé and the Crusader’s Curse, written by Kevin Sylvester, Simon & Schuster

    Non-Fiction

    • Explorers Who Made it ... or died trying, written by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Bill Dickson, Scholastic Canada
    • No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs, written by Rob Laidlaw, Pajama Press
    • Shannen and the Dream for a School, written by Janet Wilson, Second Story Press
    • To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis, written by Kathy Kacer, Second Story Press

    Express

    • In The Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up, written by Monica Kulling, illustrated by David Parkins, Tundra Books
    • I Owe You One, written by Natalie Hyde, Orca Book Publishers
    • Matatu, written by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eva Campbell, Orca Book Publishers
    • The Paper House, written by Lois Peterson, Orca Book Publishers
    • Who Needs a Swamp?, written and illustrated by Karen Patkau, Tundra Books

    Red Maple™ Nominees (Grades 7 - 8)

    Fiction

    • crush. candy. corpse., written by Sylvia McNicoll, James Lorimer & Company
    • The Dragon Turn, written by Shane Peacock, Tundra Books
    • End of Days, written by Eric Walters, Doubleday Canada
    • First Descent, written by Pam Withers, Tundra Books
    • Testify, written by Valerie Sherrard, Dundurn Press
    • This Dark Endeavour, written by Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins Publishers
    • The Tiffin, written by Mahtab Narsimhan, Dancing Cat Books

    Non-Fiction

    • Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War, written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Pajama Press
    • Lizards in the Sky: Animals Where You Least Expect Them, written by Claire Eamer, Annick Press
    • The Lowdown On Denim, written by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Clayton Hanmer, Annick Press
    • Real Justice: Fourteen And Sentenced To Death - The Story of Steven Truscott, written by Bill Swan, James Lorimer & Company
    • The Secret Life of Money: A Kid’s Guide To Cash, written by Kira Vermond, illustrated by Clayton Hanmer, Owlkids Books Inc.

    White Pine™ Nominees (Grades 9 - 12)

    • All Good Children, written by Catherine Austen, Orca Book Publishers
    • Karma, written by Cathy Ostlere, Puffin Canada
    • The Taming, written by Eric Walters and Teresa Toten, Doubleday Canada
    • Witchlanders, written by Lena Coakley, Atheneum Books

    The OLA also offers two adult reading categories: Evergreen™ and Golden Oak™. The Golden Oak program provides new readers in adult literacy programs to read books chosen specifically for them. The nominees in this category are:

    • Behind Enemy Lines, written by Carol Matas, Scholastic Canada
    • Remembering The Titanic, written by Frieda Wishinsky, Scholastic Inc.
    • In The Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up, written by Monica Kulling, illustrated by David Parkins, Tundra Books
    • Matatu, written by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eva Campbell, Orca Book Publishers
    • No Ordinary Day, written by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books

    Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

    Sarah Ellis has been nominated for the The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), the world's largest award for children's and young adult literature. Sarah was chosen as one of 207 candidates from 67 countries. This award is named for Astrid Lindgren, one of Sweden’s most important authors. The recipient or recipients of the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced on 26 March 2013 at 1 pm. 

    Jacqueline Guest awarded the prestigious Indspire Award for the Arts

    Jacqueline Guest is the recipient of the prestigious Indspire Award for the Arts, which recognizes Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement. Created in 1993 in conjunction with the UN's International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the Indspire Awards represent the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own achievers.

    Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award

    IBBY Canada announces the winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award: A Few Blocks by Cybèle Young, published by Groundwood Books.

    2012 Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature

    Paul Yee is the winner of the 2012 Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature. Yee has contributed uniquely and powerfully to our literary landscape over a writing career that spans almost 30 years. He was virtually the first children’s author to document the Chinese Canadian experience from its early days to the present.

    2012 Matt Cohen Award

    Jean Little is the winner of the 2012 Matt Cohen Award. Established by a group of anonymous donors, the Matt Cohen Award recognizes a lifetime of distinguished work by a Canadian writer, working in either poetry or prose in either French or English. Jean Little is recognized throughout North America for her candid and unsentimental portrayals of adolescent life.

    Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature

    The Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature Text goes to The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, by Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books.

  • Friday, November 09, 2012 1:57 PM | Karen Krossing
    As a celebration of its 35th anniversary, CANSCAIP announces its first ever Creator-in-Residence program. From January 15 to May 15, 2013, CANSCAIP will have not one, but two, Creators-in-Residence. Please join us in welcoming BC illustrator Dianna Bonder and Ontario author Kathy Stinson as our 2013 CANSCAIP Creators-in-Residence.

    The purpose of this program is to encourage exchanges between our Creator-in-Residence and the CANSCAIP community across Canada, and to foster mentorship of new and emerging authors and illustrators who are both Members and Friends of CANSCAIP. As part of this program, Dianna Bonder and Kathy Stinson will each be conducting twelve Creator-in-Residence Blue Pencil Mentorships.

    For information on how to apply to be mentored by Dianna or Kathy, please click here.

  • Thursday, October 25, 2012 7:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Copyright lawyer Mireille Goulet will be our featured speaker. Whether you're an author or illustrator, emerging or established, Mireille has information that you need to know!

    Join us at the John A. Simms Community Centre 8 Westminster South, Montreal West.
  • Tuesday, October 09, 2012 10:09 AM | Karen Krossing
    CONGRATULATIONS

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

    Order of Canada

    Writer Tim Wynne-Jones was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in a ceremony at Rideau Hall. Wynne-Jones has written more than 30 books for children, youth and adults. His many awards include the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature (twice), The Arthur Ellis Award (twice), The Boston Horn Book award (twice), The Edgar Award, and the Canadian Library Association Children’s Book of the Year Award (four times). Over the course of 35 years, Tim Wynne-Jones has travelled the length and breadth of Canada, conducting workshops and readings for children. He is a favoured keynote speaker at international conferences and festivals, including Packaging Your Imagination 2012. His books and critical writings have been translated into a dozen languages and published all over the world. A gifted and influential teacher, Tim Wynne-Jones has fostered the development of some of Canada’s most exciting new writers. Wynne-Jones has been invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada for his services to children’s literature in Canada.

    Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature

    Children’s Literature Text

    • Under the Moon, Deborah Kerbel, Dancing Cat Books
    • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books
    • The Grave Robber’s Apprentice, Allan Stratton, HarperCollins Publishers

    Children’s Literature Illustration

    • Big City Bees, illustrated by Renné Benoit, written by Maggie de Vries, Greystone Books
    • In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps it Up, illustrated by David Parkins, written by Monica Kulling, Tundra Books
    • Picture a Tree, Barbara Reid, North Winds Press

    2012 Victoria Book Prize Nominees

    Ten authors from the Victoria region have been shortlisted for the 2012 Victoria Book Prizes. The Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize nominees include The Whole Truth, written by Kit Pearson, HarperCollins. The winner will be announced on October 10.

    2012 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

    Pre-Teen Fiction – General
    Gold: Run Marco Run, by Norma Charles, Ronsdale Press

    Pre-Teen Fiction – Historical/Cultural
    Gold: Outcasts of River Falls, by Jacqueline Guest, Coteau Books
    Silver: Day of the Cyclone (Disaster Strikes #7), by Penny Draper, Coteau Books

    Children’s Poetry
    Bronze: And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems, edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer; illustrated by Kevin Sylvester (FriesenPress)

    Young Adult Fiction – Mature Issues
    Gold: How to Tend a Grave, by Jocelyn Shipley, Great Plains

    Eureka! Silver Honor Book Award

    The World in Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods, by Claire Eamer and artwork by Sa Boothroyd, Annick Press

  • Wednesday, October 03, 2012 7:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Gwen Molnar will be reading from her new book “Just Because,” and will talk about her publishing journey and the challenges of writing poetry. 

    For new location and date details, please contact CANSCAIP Edmonton Regional Rep, Dennis Lee.
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:36 AM | Karen Krossing
    CANSCAIP is pleased to invite applications from Canadian authors and/or illustrators for the new Creator-in-Residence position. The residency is designed to encourage exchanges between the creator and the CANSCAIP community across Canada, and to foster mentorship of new and emerging authors and illustrators. 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 2012. Details to come. 
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:08 AM | Karen Krossing
    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners and nominees:

    Finalists Announced for the 2012 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards

    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) announced the finalists for its seven major children’s book awards in June. The winners will be announced at the TD Canadian Children`s Literature Awards in Toronto this fall.

    TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

    • The Dragon Turn, written by Shane Peacock, Tundra Books
    • No Ordinary Day, written by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books
    • Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World, written by Susan Hughes, Owlkids

    Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

    • Picture a Tree, written and illustrated by Barbara Reid, Scholastic
    • Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?, written by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Rae Maté, Simply Read Books
    • Small Saul, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, Kids Can Press

    Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

    • Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World, written by Susan Hughes, Owlkids
    • Scribbling Women: True Tales from Astonishing Lives, written by Marthe Jocelyn, Tundra

    Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

    • Shot at Dawn: World War I (I Am Canada), written by John Wilson, Scholastic
    • This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, written by Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins
    • The Whole Truth, written by Kit Pearson, HarperCollins

    John Spray Mystery Award

    • The Case of the Missing Deed (Teaspoon Detectives), written by Ellen Schwartz, Tundra
    • The Dragon Turn, written by Shane Peacock, Tundra Books
    • True Blue, written by Deborah Ellis, Pajama Press

    Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy

    • Hunted, written by Cheryl Rainfield, WestSide Books

    Shortlist for the 2012 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic

    The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic are presented annually to Canadian writers with a speculative fiction novel or book-length collection of speculative fiction published any time during the previous calendar year. The young adult shortlist includes the following title by a CANSCAIPer:

    • All Good Children, written by Catherine Austen, Orca Book Publishers

    Awards for Five Thousand Years of Slavery

    Five Thousand Years of Slavery, by Marjorie Gann and Janet Willen, (Tundra Books, 2011) has recently won two awards:

    • ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year, 2011 Silver Winner.
    • Young Adult Nonfiction and Nautilus 2012 Gold for Middle Grade and Teen Nonfiction.
  • Wednesday, September 05, 2012 3:32 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    St. Albert Public Library presents award-winning and popular author Kenneth Oppel, September 26, 7pm at the Arden Theatre. http://www.kennethoppel.ca 

    Oppel is one of the most popular Canadian writers of the day, appealing to children, teens and adults alike. His books include the Silverwing trilogy, which has sold over a million copies around the world, and Airborn, winner of the 2004 Governor General's Award for children's literature, and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book award from the American Library Association. His current series The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein gave usThis Dark Endeavour in 2011, which was shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year and is being made into a movie by the producer of Twilight. The sequel Such Wicked Intent was published this year, and Oppel will be reading excerpts during his appearance at the Arden. This is going to be an event not to be missed! Tickets are available from St Albert Public Library tel: 780 459 1682 or at Audreys books.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2012 1:22 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Author: Carol-Ann Hoyte (creator and co-editor); illustrated by Kevin Sylvester
    Book Title: And the Crowd Goes Wild!: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems (www.crowdgoeswildpoems.com)
    Genre: Poetry 
    Approximate Age Range: 8-12 
    Publisher: FriesenPress 
    ISBN: Paperback 978-1-77097-953-6 Price: $17.99 (colour)   
    E-book (PDF format) 978-1-77097-954-3 (colour)  Price: $3.99 (colour) 

    Launch Details: MONTREAL LAUNCH Thursday, September 13th, 2012 7 p.m. Selwyn House School 95 Cote St. Antoine Road, Westmount (The Montreal event has been postponed).
    OTTAWA LAUNCH Saturday, October 13th, 2012 2 p.m. Sunnyside Branch - Ottawa Public Library 1049 Bank Street, Ottawa 
    TORONTO LAUNCH Friday, November 9th, 2012 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Northern District Branch - Toronto Public Library 40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto (Second Floor)
  • Friday, August 10, 2012 3:28 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Attention Writers, Poets, Illustrators!

    Applications are invited from creative writers for the term position of Saskatoon Public Library/Canada Council for the Arts Writer in Residence from September 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. Remuneration: up to $30,000 for a nine-month term.

    Criteria are based on Canada Council guidelines; position subject to Canada Council funding. 

    Applications must be received by 5 p.m., November 1, 2012 For more details visit http://www.saskatoonlibrary.ca/node/676
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