Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers<br>La société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants

NOTES from Past Meetings

To extend the content of our monthly Toronto meetings to our full membership across Canada, we provide notes from these meetings on our website.
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:36 AM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    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 (Administrator)
    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. 

    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 (
    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
  • Monday, July 16, 2012 12:15 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Carol-Ann Hoyte presents the Montreal Screening -- "Louder than a Bomb" (

    Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 2012
    Time: 7 p.m. 
    Location: Selwyn House School, 95 Cote St. Antoine Road, Westmount
    Contact: hoytec at selwyn dot ca
    Other Information: Tickets ($10) available at Babar en ville (1235 Greene Ave., Westmount,Phone: 514-931-0606) and Livres Babar Books (46 St. Anne Street, Pointe Claire, Phone: 514-694-0380).
  • Monday, July 16, 2012 12:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    What is the future of illustration studies? 

    What can comics scholars learn from animation studies and vice versa? Do illustrated books or graphic novels resist the supposed obsolescence of the book? What do pictures want (now)?

    These and related questions will be explored at the Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference at Dartmouth College to be held April 19 – 21 2013.

    Scholars interested in the illustrated image in all of its mediated guises are invited to participate in this interdisciplinary conference. Nearly all illustrated or drawn ‘texts’ are eligible for consideration:
     *comics and graphic novels 
     *cartoons and animated films 
     *picture books 
     *illustrated books  

    And given the uniquely plenary nature of the conference, which brings together scholarship on static and moving illustrations, preference will be given to proposals that seek to bridge visual media. Possible topics may include: 
     *Individual titles by prominent practitioners in the field 
     *Identity, subjectivity, authority, ideology or culture in or more type of illustration media  *The future of particular schools of criticism (psychoanalysis, critical race theory, phenomenology, Marxism, feminism, queer theory, post-colonialism, formalism, aesthetic theories, etc.) and one or more type of illustration media 

    The location of the conference may also be a source of inspiration for prospective participants. Not only does Dartmouth College lie in close proximity to the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont, but it is also the historic home of Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss, whose illustrated books continue to awe and amuse. 

    Interested participants may propose individual papers or panels. Individual papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Panels shall be ninety minutes long and should be comprised of three presenters and one (ideally separate) panel chair. Please send 300 word abstracts and a brief bio for each proposed paper no later than December 1, 2012. 

    Send all proposals and inquiries to: Michael A. Chaney michael dot chaney at dartmouth dot edu
  • Friday, July 13, 2012 12:44 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    Under the direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is launching the third Manchester Poetry Prize – a major international literary competition celebrating excellence in creative writing.

    The Manchester Poetry Prize will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best poems submitted. The competition is open internationally to both new and established writers aged 16 or over; there is no upper age limit.

    All entrants are asked to submit a portfolio of three to five poems (total maximum length: 120 lines). The poems can be on any subject, and written in any style or form, but must be new work, not previously published, or submitted for consideration elsewhere during this competition.

    For more details visit:

    Deadline: August 31, 2012
  • Friday, July 13, 2012 12:42 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)
    The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award is for a manuscript that celebrates cultural diversity in the widest possible sense, either in terms of its story or the ethnic and cultural origins of its author.

    The prize of £1,500, plus the option for Janetta Otter-Barry at Frances Lincoln Children's Books to publish the novel, will be awarded to the best work of unpublished fiction for 8-to-12-year-olds by a writer, aged 18 years or over, who has not previously published a novel for children. The writer may have contributed to an anthology of prose or poetry. The work must be written in English and it must be a minimum of 15,000 words and a maximum of 35,000 words.

    The closing date for all entries is 31st December 2012. Helena Mulhearn (the award's coordinator) confirmed that non-UK writers can enter the competition.

    For more details visit:

  • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:36 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)

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

    Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration

    At the Atlantic Book Awards held in May in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the winner of the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration was announced as There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen, illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by Sheree Fitch (Nimbus Publishing).

    2012 South Asia Book Awards

    The South Asia Book Award, administered by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, is given annually for up to two outstanding works of literature and up to five Honor Books and Highly Commended Books, from early childhood to secondary reading levels, which accurately and skillfully portrays South Asia or South Asians. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    Honor Book: No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books

    Highly Commended Book: Karma by Cathy Ostlere, Razorbill

    IODE Violet Downey Book Award

    Janet McNaughton, author of The Dragon Seer’s Gift, published by HarperCollins Canada, wins the IODE Violet Downey Book Award for the second time. The prize was announced at the National Annual Meeting of IODE Canada in May.

    2012 Chocolate Lily Awards

    The winners of the 2012 Chocolate Lily Awards were announced in May. The Chocolate Lily Awards began with a desire to encourage BC grade school children to read books by authors and illustrators living in British Columbia. After seven years, Chocolate Lily has grown into a nationally recognized book awards program. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    Picture Book: Stanley’s Little Sister, written by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Bill Slavin, Kids Can Press

    Novel: Follow the Elephant, written by Beryl Young, Ronsdale Press

    2012-2013 Chocolate Lily Nominations

    Congratulations to the publishers, authors, and illustrators for their 2012-2013 Chocolate Lily nominations. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    2012-2013 Chapter Book Nominees (Grade 3 – Grade 5)

    • Ghosts of the Titanic by Julie Lawson, Scholastic
    • That Fatal Night by Sarah Ellis, Scholastic
    • The Runaway by Glen Huser, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    • Run Marco Run by Norma Charles, Ronsdale Press
    • The Whole Truth by Kit Pearson, HarperCollins
    • Ice Storm by Penny Draper, Coteau Books

    2012- 2012 Picture Book Nominees

    • Pussycat, Pussycat Where have you Been by Dan Bar-el, Simply Read Books
    • Seal Song by Andrea Spalding, Orca Books
    • Grandpa’s Girls by Nicola I. Campbell, Groundwood

    First Nation Communities Read program

    The winner of this year’s First Nation Communities Read program is Janet Wilson’s Shannen and the Dream for a School (Second Story Press), about the fight to get a new school for the Northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat.

    2012 Arthur Ellis Award

    The Crime Writers of Canada have announced the winners for the 2012 Arthur Ellis Awards. The winner for Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book is Blink and Caution, written by Tim Wynne-Jones, Candlewick Press.

    2012 CBA Libris Awards

    The Canadian Booksellers Association has revealed the winners of this year’s Libris Awards, which recognize literary achievement as voted on by independent booksellers. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    Young Reader: This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins Canada)
    Picture Book: Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid (Scholastic Canada)

    Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

    The 2012 winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were revealed in May at Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School. The winner in the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award Category is The Whole Truth, by Kit Pearson, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

    Red Cedar Book Awards

    The winners of the 2011/2012 Red Cedar Book Awards include Fiction Award Winner After the Fire by Becky Citra, Orca Books. Nominees for next year’s Red Cedar Award were also announced. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    2012/2013 Fiction Nominees

    • Ice Storm by Penny Draper, Coteau Books
    • Racing Home by Adele Dueck, Coteau Books
    • That Boy Red  by Rachna Gilmore, HarperCollins
    • To Stand on My Own: the Polio Epidemic Diary of Noreen Robertson by Barbara Haworth-Attard, Scholastic
    • Saving Arm Pit by Natalie Hyde, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    • Exiles From the War: The War Guest Diary of Charlotte Mary Twiss by Jean Little, Scholastic
    • The Listening Tree by Celia Barker Lottridge, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    • Dragon Seer’s Gift by Janet McNaughton, HarperCollins
    • Nutz! by Virginia Frances Schwartz, illustrated by Christina Leist, Tradewind Books
    • Catboy by Eric Walters, Orca Books

    2012-2013 Information Nominees

    • Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue From War by Marsha Forchuck Skrypuch, Pajama Press
    • Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World by Susan Hughes, Owlkids
    • Highway of Heroes by Kathy Stinson, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    • Shannen and the Dream for a School by Janet Wilson, Second Story
    • Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet by Janet Wilson, Second Story
    • Explorers Who Made It ... Or Died Trying by Frieda Wishinsky, Scholastic

    2012 Alberta Literary Awards

    At the 2012 Alberta Literary Awards, the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature was announced. The winner is Karma by Cathy Ostlere, Puffin Canada.

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