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  • Thursday, April 26, 2012 8:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    9th Annual Albert Lahmer Memorial Lecture with SARAH ELLIS 

    Sowing Seeds in Danny, Dorothy, Dennis, Dillon and Destiny: A Century of Library Service to Children 

    As we celebrate the centenary of children’s librarians at the Toronto Public Library and look back to the early decades of library service to children let’s examine some of the specific books and stories that lay behind that mission. What were those seeds that Lillian H. Smith and her disciples were sowing with such energy, idealism and creativity? And how did they get away with it? 

    Thursday April 26, 8 p.m. Lillian H. Smith Branch, Community Room 239 College Street (at Huron) The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books. 

    This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections Please call 416-393-7753 for more information. Free admission.
  • Thursday, April 26, 2012 6:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    BEN MCNALLY'S BOOKS 366 BAY STREET (just south of Richmond on west side)

    6 - 8 P.M. (short author talk at 6:30 p.m.) 

    Please drop by and help me celebrate the launch of my first novel for children - TIME SNATCHERS (ages 10 and up). Feel free to bring friends and family! 

    I'll be giving a short talk at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments provided. 

    Here's the description from my publisher: Time Snatchers A thrilling middle-grade sci-fi... "The year is 2061, and Caleb’s world is crashing down around him. The small group of orphans who were also “adopted” by Uncle used to feel like family, but both the competition to be the top time snatcher and the punishment for failure have gotten fierce. Time traveling to steal priceless objects can be a thrill, but with bully Frank trying to steal his snatches, his partner Abbie falling for Frank’s slimy charms, and Uncle planning to kidnap innocent kids to grow his business, Caleb starts thinking about getting out. But there is no place on earth, past or present, that is safe from Uncle’s tentacles, and runaways get the harshest punishment of all. Will Caleb risk everything to fight for the future he dreams about?" 

    Looking forward to seeing you there! 


  • Monday, April 09, 2012 2:53 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award nominees:

    Shortlist for the 2012 Atlantic Book Awards

    The Atlantic Book Awards Society is pleased to announce the full shortlist for the nine different book prizes that make up the 2012 Atlantic Book Awards. Winners will be announced at a special awards show on May 17 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. These shortlists include the following titles by CANSCAIPers:

     Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

    • Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret, Vicki Grant, HarperCollins Canada

     Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration

    • A Day with You in Paradise, illustrated by Patsy MacKinnon, written by Lennie Gallant, Nimbus Publishing
    • Monkeys in My Kitchen, illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by Sheree Fitch, Nimbus Publishing

     The Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award

    • Dragon Seer’s Gift,  Janet McNaughton, HarperCollins Canada

    Shortlist for the 2012 Violet Downey Book Award

    The shortlist for The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award, value $3000, has been announced. The Award is offered annually for the best young children’s English-language book containing at least 500 words of text. The winner will be announced at IODE Canada’s National Annual Corporate Meeting on May 26. This shortlist includes the following titles by CANSCAIPers:

    • Dragon Seer’s Gift, Janet McNaughton, HarperCollins Canada
    • That Fatal Night, Sarah Ellis, Scholastic Canada
    • This Dark Endeavour, Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins Canada
    • Timber Wolf, Caroline Pignat, Red Deer Press

    IBBY Canada Announces 2012 Honour List Children’s Books

    IBBY Canada, the Canadian National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People, is delighted to announce the selection of Canada’s IBBY Honour List of children’s books for 2012. This list includes the following titles by CANSCAIPers:
    • ENGLISH TEXT: The Nine Lives of Travis Keating, Jill MacLean, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    • TRANSLATION ENGLISH TO FRENCH:  L'oeil de la corneille (Eye of the Crow),translated by Pierre Corbeil from English text, written by Shane Peacock, Bayard Canada livres
    The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding books for children, selected by a jury, to represent the best recently published children’s literature in each country. IBBY Canada’s Honour List titles, and Honour List titles from many other countries, will be presented at the 33rd IBBY World Congress in London, England in August 2012.

    2012 Alberta Literary Awards Shortlist

    The Writers Guild of Alberta (WGA) is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2012 Alberta Literary Awards. The Alberta Literary Awards recognize and celebrate the highest standards of literary excellence from Alberta authors. Winners will be announced at the Alberta Book Awards Gala in Calgary on Saturday June 9, 2012These shortlists include the following titles by CANSCAIPers:

    R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature

    • Ghost Messages, Jacqueline Guest, Coteau Books
    • Karma, Cathy Ostlere, Puffin Canada

  • Saturday, March 31, 2012 4:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    In Toronto? Then you're invited to Cheryl Rainfield's launch for HUNTED (YA paranormal fantasy/dystopian) on March 31st from 4-6 pm at Bakka-Phoenix Books on Harbord (84 Harbord St near Spadina). There will be food and prizes--and possibly a psychic! I hope you can come help me celebrate!

  • Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:09 AM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners and nominees:

    2012 Notable Book for a Global Society

    Five Thousand Years of Slavery by Marjorie Gann and Janet Willen (Tundra) has been selected as a 2012 Notable Book for a Global Society by the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group, International Reading Association.

    Shortlist for the 2011 Saskatchewan Book Awards

    Children’s Literature Award

    • Full Steam to Canada: A Barr Colony Adventure, written by Anne Patton, Coteau Books
    • Racing Home, written by Adele Dueck, Coteau Books
    • Picturing Alyssa, written by Alison Lohans, Dundurn Press
    • The Secret of the Stone Circle, written by Judith Silverthorne, Coteau Books

    Regina Book Award

    Picturing Alyssa, written by Alison Lohans, Dundurn Press

    Saskatoon Book Award

    Waiting for No One, Beverley Brenna, Red Deer Press

    Fiction Award

    Empire of Ruins: The Hunchback Assignments III, Arthur Slade, HarperCollins Publishers

    Award winners will be announced on April 28.

    Canadian Library Association 2012 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Shortlist

    The Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award recognizes an illustrator of a noteworthy Canadian book, published in 2011, that appeals to children up to the age of 12 years.

    The winners will be announced prior to the Canadian Library Association National Conference on May, 31 2012. CANSCAIPers include:

    • Migrant, written by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, Groundwood
    • Picture a Tree, by Barbara Reid, Scholastic Canada

    Canadian Library Association 2012 Book of the Year for Children Award Shortlist

    The 2012 Book of the Year for Children Award recognizes a Canadian author of an outstanding book published in Canada in 2011, which appeals to children up to and including age 12. CANSCAIPers include:

    • When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew by Jan Andrews, Groundwood
    • No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood
    • That Boy Red by Rachna Gilmore, Harper Collins Canada
    • Dragon Seer’s Gift by Janet McNaughton, Harper Collins Canada
    • The Tiffin by Mahtab Narsimhan, Dancing Cat Books
    • Dragon Turn by Shane Peacock, Tundra Books
    • The Whole Truth by Kit Pearson, Harper Collins Canada
    • Empire of Ruins by Arthur Slade, Harper Collins Canada

    The winners will be announced prior to the Canadian Library Association National Conference on May 31, 2012.

    Canadian Library Association 2012 Young Adult Book Award Shortlist

    The 2012 Young Adult Book Award recognizes an author of an outstanding English-language Canadian work of fiction (novel, collection of short stories or graphic novel), published in 2011, that appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18. The winner will be announced prior to the National Canadian Library Association Conference on May 31, 2012. CANSCAIPers include:

    •  The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong, Random House
    •   All Good Children by Catherine Austen, Orca
    • The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby, HarperCollins
    • This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins
    • Karma by Kathy Ostler, Penguin Canada

    Finalists for the 2012 BC Book Prizes

    The West Coast Book Prize Society is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2012 BC Book Prizes. The winners will be announced at the annual Gala on May 12, 2012 in Vancouver.

    Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize

    The Runaway, written by Glen Huser, Tradewind Books

    Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

    Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?, written by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Rae Maté, Simply Read Books

    The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award Shortlist, valued at $3000, has been selected from among submitted books published in 

    Canada in 2011. The Award is offered annually for the best young children’s English language book containing at least 500 words of text. The winner will be announced at IODE Canada’s 112th National Annual Corporate Meeting, being held at the Delta Airport West Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario on 26 May 2012. The five Canadian authors short-listed for this Award are:

    ·         Dragon Seer’s Gift by Janet McNaughton, 

    St. John’s, NL, published by Harper Collins Canada

    ·         Howl by Karen Hood-Caddy, 

    Bracebridge, ON , published by Dundurn Press

    ·         That Fatal Night by Sarah Ellis, 

    Vancouver, BC , published by Scholastic Canada

    ·         This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel, 

    Toronto, ON , published by Harper Collins

    ·         Timber Wolf by Caroline Pignat, 

    Kanata, ON , published by Red Deer Press

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2012 1:16 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    PRESS RELEASE   For immediate release

    Join us in Toronto for the world’s first Globally Coordinated Book Reading Flash Mob on March 28th at 4pm On March 28th at 4pm in Toronto’s Union Station you are invited by the Pay it Forward Foundation to take part in the world’s first globally coordinated book reading flash mob. 

    All you need to do is bring a book that inspired you in some way, take some time to reflect on how that book inspired you and also reflect on how a random act of kindness has the potential to change someone else’s life. Now more than ever in these tough financial times we need to help and be kind to each other and you can become part of a global movement helping to make the world a kinder place. 

    The event has been put together by the Pay It Forward Foundation to raise awareness of the impact that small, random acts of kindness can have on people and to encourage people to Pay It Forward. Charley Johnson, President of the Pay it forward Foundation says “We realise that change starts with us, and for this reason, we believe that it is a simple thing that everyone can do to remind people that the world is still an amazing place and that others still do care.” 

    Nancy Runstedler, of Paris, Ontario, and organizer of the Toronto flash mob says “We know that serving others has the power to create change. Real change! You can make a difference today, no need to be a celebrity or millionaire. Be the change you want to see in the world. Understanding that a small act of kindness can shift someone’s perspective on life is the reality we live in. Help us share the message, the outcome will give purpose and meaning to everyone involved.” 

    Come along and be a part of the Pay It Forward Book Reading Flash mob in Toronto’s Union Station on March 28th at 4pm. For further information on all flash mob locations go to You can help make a difference in the world! ENDS Notes for Editors Nancy Runstedler is available for interviews and photographs. For further information email or call (519)209-6932 cell Charley Johnson, President of the Pay it Forward foundation is also available for interview. Email For additional information on the Pay it Forward Foundation got to Issued by Maritza Duncan PR Consulting Tel: +44(0) 750 621 6288
  • Monday, March 05, 2012 1:22 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Eight Mondays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (March 5 to April 30 - no meeting April 9) 1200 Atwater Avenue, Suite 3 $175 ($155 for QWF members) 

    Workshop leaders: Monique Polak and Lori Weber 

    Hosted by the Quebec Writers' Federation (

    To register, email For many of us, the books we read as teens have stayed with us for the rest of our lives and may even have shaped our values and ideas on our place in the world. Today, the YA market is thriving, making it an exciting time to be a YA author. However, the genre can be challenging. The writer must create stories that engage young readers, authentically reflect their world, and speak to them in a way that is never pedantic or condescending. The writer must do all this with plots that are fast-paced and original, and with characters that are believable and never clichéd.
  • Friday, February 17, 2012 4:21 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    World Literacy Canada is proud to once again present our annual national writing contest. Give your students a chance to win $1000 and an amazing prize package.


    Along with the contest, a teacher's resource package is available, complete with a reading guide for Deborah Ellis' book No Ordinary Day, discussion prompts and classroom activities to teach students about diversity and tolerance.


    Please visit the World Literacy Canada website to download the contest package.  

  • Thursday, February 16, 2012 11:01 AM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to launch its 16th annual Writing for Children Competition, which invites writers to submit a piece for children up to 1,500 words in the English language that has not previously been published in any format. A $1,500 prize will be awarded to an unpublished Canadian writer, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted for consideration to three publishers of children's books. The deadline for entries is April 24, 2012.

    The Writing for Children Competition, which welcomes submissions for all ages of young people, from picture books to young adult (YA) stories, can be a springboard into a writing career. “Lisa Dalrymple, whose ‘Skink on the Brink’ won last year, will have her story published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside in the spring of 2013,” notes Kelly Duffin, the Union's Executive Director. “It will be very exciting to see this winning story in print.”

    The Union initiated the Writing for Children competition to discover, encourage, and promote new writers of children’s literature. The Competition has grown in popularity since its inception, last year attracting over 680 submissions from every region of Canada.

    The Union is proud to announce an esteemed group of jurors for the 2012 Writing for Children Competition. Author and screenwriter Don Calame is known for his critically acclaimed YA novels Beat the Band, which appears on the American Library Association’s 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults List, and Swim the Fly, nominations for which include for Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading White Pine Award, the New Westminster Hyack Teen Readers Award, the Nevada Young Readers Award, and the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. His new book Call the Shots is due for release in the fall of 2012. A Governor General’s Award nominee for Tess, Hazel Hutchins has published forty-plus books throughout the English-speaking world and has been translated into German and Korean. Recent awards include the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature for Mattland, the Norma Fleck Honour Award for A Second is a Hiccup, and the Shining Willow Young Reader's Choice Award for TJ and the Cats. Rene Schmidt’s novel Leaving Fletchville was a Red Maple Honour Book 2010, was named a Best Books for Kids & Teens 2010 selection by Canadian Children’s Book Centre, and was shortlisted for the IODE Violet Downey Award.

    He is also the author of the non-fiction work Canadian Disasters, which profiles forty-two tragedies over the last two centuries.

    To be eligible, submissions must be written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have not been published in book format in any genre and who do not have a contract with a book publisher. Any text, fiction or non-fiction, up to 1,500 words, in the English language, that is original and not previously published in any format, is eligible. A typed, double-spaced entry in a clear twelve-point font on white paper, not stapled or exceeding the maximum word length, along with an entry fee of $15 per submission (cheque or money order), should be sent to The Writers’ Union of Canada at 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1P1. The deadline for submissions is April 24, 2012. The winner will be announced in July 2012. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. For complete rules and regulations, please visit TWUC's website.

    The Writers' Union of Canada is our country's national organization representing professional authors of books. Founded in 1973, the Union is dedicated to fostering writing in Canada, and promoting the rights, freedoms, and economic well-being of all writers. For more information, please visit

  • Wednesday, February 08, 2012 2:31 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Applications have now closed.
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