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NOTES from Past Meetings

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  • Monday, February 06, 2012 12:17 PM | Karen Krossing
    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners:

    ALSC Announces 2012 Notable Children’s Books

    Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, identifies the best of the best in children’s books. Two CANSCAIPers made this year’s list:

    • Migrant, written by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, Groundwood Books.
    • No Ordinary Day, Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books.

    Paul Yee Honoured at ALA’s 2012 Youth Media Awards

    Author Paul Yee was honoured by the American Library Association for his latest book, Money Boy (Groundwood Books), which was selected as an honour book for the Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award. This award is given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

    Barbara Reid Appointed to the Order of Ontario

    Author and illustrator Barbara Reid has been appointed as a member of the Order of Ontario. The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, invested the appointees at a ceremony on Thursday, January 26 at Queen’s Park.

    2012 YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list

    The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced its list of books at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list honoured CANSCAIPers:

    • Kenneth Oppel, This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, HarperCollins
    • Cathy Ostlere, Karma, Puffin Canada

    Ontario Library Association Best Bets for Children


    Dog Breath, written by Carolyn Beck, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan, Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

    Wellington’s Rainy Day, written by Carolyn Beck, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan, Orca Book Publishers.

    Picture a Tree, Barbara Reid, Scholastic Canada.

    Reaching, written by Judy Ann Sadler, illustrated by Susan Mitchell, Kids Can Press.



    Missing, Becky Citra, Orca Book Publishers.

    Racing Home, Adele Dueck, Coteau Books.

    No Ordinary Day, Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books.

    Dear Canada: That Fatal Night of Dorothy Wilton, Sarah Ellis, Scholastic Canada.

    Banjo of Destiny, Cary Fagan, Groundwood Books.

    Better Than Weird, Anna Kerz, Orca Book Publishers.

    The Listening Tree, Celia Lottridge, Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

    The Tiffin, Mahtab Narsimhan, Dancing Cat (Cormorant Books).

    The Whole Truth, Kit Pearson, Harper Trophy Canada.



    That Boy Red, Rachna Gilmore, Harper Collins.

    Timber Wolf, Caroline Pignat, Red Deer.



    To Hope and Back: the Journey of the St. Louis, Kathy Kacer, Second Story Press.

    In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up, written by Monica Kulling, illustrated by David Parkins, Tundra.

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

    Canadian Money, Elizabeth MacLeod, Scholastic Canada.

    The Last Airlift: a Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War, Marsha Skrypuch, Pajama Press.



    Snowy Science: 25 Cool Experiments, written by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone, illustrated by Patricia Storms, Scholastic.

    Space Tourism, written by Peter McMahon, illustrated by Andy Mora, Kids Can.


    Ontario Library Association Best Bets for Young Adults

    The Fifth Rule, Don Aker, Harper Collins.

    Witchlanders, Lena Coakley, Atheneum.

    B Negative, Vicki Grant, Orca.

    She Said/She Saw, Norah McClintock, Orca.



    All Good Children, Catherine Austen, Orca.

    Drummer Girl, Karen Bass, Coteau.

    True Blue, Deborah Ellis, Pajama Press.

    The Yo-Yo Prophet, Karen Krossing, Orca.

    Karma, Cathy Ostlere, Razorbill.

    Undergrounders, David Skuy, Scholastic.

    Empire of Ruins, Arthur Slade, Harper Collins.

    Yellow Mini, Lori Weber, Red Deer Press.

    First Descent, Pam Withers, Tundra.

    Money Boy, Paul Yee, Groundwood.


    Scribbling Women: True Tales from Astonishing Lives, Marthe Jocelyn, Tundra Book.

    USBBY Outstanding International Books for Children and Young Adults

    USBBY, the US national section for the International Board on Books for Youth (IBBY), has selected its list of Outstanding International Books for children and young adults for 2011. CANSCAIPers include:

    • Migrant, written by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, Groundwood Books.
    • When Apples Grow Noses and White Horses Flew: Tales of Ti-Jean, written by Jan Andrews, illustrated by Dušan Petričić, Groundwood Books.
    • This Child, Every Child: A Book About the World's Children, written by David J. Smith, illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong, Kids Can Press.
  • Friday, February 03, 2012 12:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    35 CANSCAIPers mass launch at the OLA Super Conference, February 3, 2012, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre!

    CANSCAIP and OLA are proud to present the seventh annual mass book launch Friday February 3, 2012 at the EXPO Stage in Hall C, from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM. 35 authors and illustrators will introduce to you their new 2011-12 titles in entertaining three-minute infomercials. Sylvia McNicoll, Book Launch Co-ordinator of CANSCAIP, will act as emcee and official timer. Enjoy the personalities behind the books as well as their behind-the-creation stories. Buy a raffle ticket to win some of these stories. Picture books, middle-reader age as well as young adult novels will all be available on site for purchase and the authors and artists will happy to autograph them for your collection.    

    Jan Andrews When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew;  Tales of Ti-Jean, Groundwood Books.

    Rona Arato  On an American Day, by Owlkids.

    Catherine Austen  My Cat Isis  illustrated by Virginie Egger, Kids Can Press;  26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6,  Lorimer; All Good Children, Orca Book Publishers

    Karen Bass Drummer Girl, Coteau Books.

    Helaine Becker  Trouble in the Hills, Fitzhernry Whiteside;  Juba This, Juba That,  illustrated by Ron Lightburn, Tundra; The Quiz Book for Girls, Scholastic

    Lesley Choyce Dumb Luck, Red Deer/ Fitzhenry and Whiteside  

    Lena Coakley Witchlanders, Atheneum Books for Young Readers 

    Aubrey Davis Kishka for Koppel, Orca Books Oct 2011 

    Anne-Yvonne Gilbert Snow White, Grimm Press 

    Susan Glickman  Bernadette in the Doghouse, Second Story Press  

    Vicki Grant Betsy Wickwire's Dirty Secret, HarperCollins Canada 

    Jacqueline Guest Ghost Messages, Coteau Books

    Natalie Hyde I Owe You One, Orca (Young Readers) Saving Armpit, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    Kathy Kacer  To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis, Second Story Press.

    Karen Krossing The Yo-Yo Prophet, Orca Publishing 

    Vladyana Krykorka  Arctic land, Arctic sea, Artic sky, Annick Press

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

    Jennifer Maruno  Warbird  Dundurn Press 

    Elizabeth MacLeod  Canadian Money; Canada's Trees, Scholastic Canada 

    Maureen McGowan  Cinderella: Ninja Warrior; Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer  Silver Dolphin Books, Canadian distributor Raincoast Books

    Mahtab Narsimhan  The Tiffin,  Dancing Cat Books, an Imprint of Cormorant Books. 

    Allan Peterkin The Flyaway Blanket, Imagination Press, The American Psychological Association Press (Washington)

    Cheryl Rainfield  Hunted, Westside Books 

    Susan Ross The Great Bellybutton Cover-up, Susan Ross   

    Adira Rotstein Little Jane Silver, Dundurn  

    Virginia Frances Schwartz  NUTZ! Tradewinds

    Marsha Skrypuch Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue From War, Pajama Press 

    Bill Slavin Big City Otto, Kids Can Press 

    Martin Springett Breakfast on a Dragon’s Tail, Fitzhenry and Whiteside

    Patricia Storms (Illustrator) Snowy Science, Scholastic Canada 

    Teresa Toten Beyond Blonde, Penguin 

    Kari-Lynn Winters aRHYTHMetic, Co-written with: Tiffany Stone and Lori Sherritt-Fleming, Illustrated by Scot Ritchie, Tickle Trunk Publications

    Frieda Wishinsky  Explorers Who Made it…Or Died Trying, Scholastic Canada; Halifax Explodes  Owl Kids

    Pam Withers First Descent, Tundra Books 

    Paul Yee The Secret Keepers,  Tradewind Books of Vancouver; Money Boy, Groundwood Books 
  • Thursday, February 02, 2012 4:02 PM | Karen Krossing
    Toronto Public Library’s annual Young Voices winter workshops offer teens an opportunity to hone their creative writing and art skills under the tutelage of professional writers and artists. The workshops lead up to the March 31 submission deadline for the 2012 issue of Young Voices, Toronto Public Library’s magazine of teen writing and visual art. All Toronto teens age 12-19 are invited to attend the workshops and to submit their poetry, creative prose, hand-drawn black and white artwork, or black and white photos for possible publication in the magazine.

    “For nearly five decades, Young Voices has given Toronto teens a chance to express themselves, supporting them in their creative endeavours and providing a foundation for their future success," says Toronto Public Library children and youth advocate Lisa Heggum.

    What: Looney Poems Poetry Workshop with Poet Matthew Tierney
    Where: Runnymede Branch (2178 Bloor St. W., two blocks east of the Runnymede subway stop)
    When: Wednesday, February 15, 4:30 p.m.
    Who: Wile E. Coyote is just like a poet. He aims the highest and falls the farthest. Toronto poet Matthew Tierney shows you how to make your writing explode with humour.

    What: Keeping it Fresh: Drawing with Sharpies with Artist Michael Brown
    Where: Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St., north of the Yonge/Bloor subway stop)
    When: Saturday, February 25, 2 p.m.
    Who: Uncap a fresh sharpie with Toronto artist Michael Brown and let your drawing run wild.

    What: WordPlay Writing Workshop with Writer Karen Krossing
    Where: Cedarbrae Branch (545 Markham Rd., south of Lawrence)
    When: Thursday, March 15, 3 p.m.
    Who: Author Karen Krossing helps teens rediscover the fun of writing at this hands on workshop.

    Teens interested in submitting to Young Voices are encouraged to pick up a submission form at their local branch, or submit their entry online at

    For more info, or to register for the workshops, contact Ken Sparling 416-397-5970,
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:16 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    A children’s literature conference organized by graduate students will be held at the University of British Columbia on Saturday, April 28, 2012. This is a one-day conference showcasing graduate research that explores and questions any facet of children’s literature. They are particularly interested in research that draws upon the broadly interpreted themes of navigation, exploration, and narrative. The conference fee is $18 for students and presenters, and $35 for faculty and professionals. It includes morning and afternoon refreshments and a catered lunch. For more information, go to

  • Monday, January 09, 2012 4:23 PM | Karen Krossing
    Sarah Ellis will be the Writer in Residence at the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, Toronto Public Library, February 1, 2012 to May 31, 2012.

    Sarah is a contemporary Canadian children’s author. Her works include Back of Beyond, The Baby Project, Out of the Blue and Next Stop. In 1991, Sarah won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Pick Up Sticks. She is also the recipient of the Vicky Metcalf Body of Work Award. Her books have now been published in five countries.

    For more information about the Writer in Residence program and how to submit a manuscript for critique by Sarah Ellis, go to The deadline to submit is January 13, 2012.
  • Monday, January 09, 2012 4:21 PM | Karen Krossing
    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is offering HOW TO BE YOUR OWN PUBLICIST, a professional development symposium for writers.

    Whether you are an aspiring writer wanting to develop your audience before publication; an emerging writer who needs to stay visible; or long-published and looking for new tips and techniques, this full-day workshop is for you.

    Authors Elizabeth Ruth and Ann Douglas will present on traditional but innovative book marketing strategies as well as new media opportunities for writers. Kelly Duffin, Executive Director of TWUC, will update participants on the latest evolutions in the publishing landscape.

    The price of the workshop is $89.00 and covers costs, including lunch, $75 for members of TWUC. For those who can’t attend in one of the participating cities, a 3-hour webinar will be offered, distilling the highlights of the workshop. Registration forms can be printed from The Writers’ Union of Canada’s website at

    For more information, please contact: Valerie Laws at
  • Friday, December 16, 2011 9:51 AM | Karen Krossing

    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are nominees:

    Red Cedar Book Award

    Information Book Nominees 2011-2012

    • Charlie: A Home Child’s Life in Canada, written by Beryl Young, Ronsdale Press
    • The Insecto-files, written by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Claudia Davila, Maple Tree Press
    • Pharaohs and Foot Soldiers, written by Kristin Butcher, illustrated by Martha Newbigging, Annick Press
    • Animal Aha! Thrilling Discoveries in Wildlife Science, written by Diane Swanson, Annick Press
    • It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph, written by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Bill Slavin, Tundra Books
    • Whispers from the Ghettos, written by Kathy Kacer and Sharon McKay, Penguin Books
    • You Are Weird: Your Body’s Peculiar Parts and Funny Functions, written by Diane Swanson, illustrated by Kathy Boake, Kids Can Press
    • Kaboom! Explosions of all Kinds, written by Gillian Richardson, Annick Press

    Fiction Nominees 2011-2012

    • The Dread Crew: Pirate of the Backwoods, written by Kate Inglis, illustrated by Sydney Smith, Nimbus Publishing
    • Wanting Mor, written by Rukhsana Khan, Groundwood Books
    • Walking Backward, written by Catherine Austen, Orca Books
    • After the Fire, written by Becky Citra, Orca Books
    • Zoobreak, written by Gordon Korman, Scholastic
    • Dear Canada: A Desperate Road to Freedom, written by Karleen Bradford, Scholastic

    Winners will be announced in May 2012.

  • Monday, November 28, 2011 1:07 PM | Karen Krossing
    Poet Steven Withrow, along with a fifteen-member advisory board including CANSCAIPer Carol-Ann Hoyte, has created Poetry Advocates for Children & Young Adults (PACYA).

    PACYA is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting poetry for every age group. PACYA is dedicated to:
    • speaking out for the need to engage with poetry at every age level.
    • creating a global online for hub for news, reviews, essays and interviews; learning/scholarly resources; communication and networking; audiovisual archives; collaborative projects; and more.
    • organizing and promoting readings, awards, workshops and conference in North American and internationally.
    For more information, check out PACYA's blog.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:38 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners and nominees this month:

    2011 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize Award

    Uirapurú (pronounced oor-a-pur-u), written by P.K Page and illustrated by Kristi Bridgeman, Oolichan Books

    OLA Forest of Reading Nominees

    Blue Spruce Nominees

    A Flock of Shoes, Sarah Tsiang, Qin Leng, Annick Press

    Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth!, Marie-Louise Gay, Groundwood Books

    Stanley’s Little Sister, Linda Bailey, Bill Slavin, Kids Can Press

    Silver Birch Fiction Nominees

    Better Than Weird, Anna Kerz, Orca Book Publishers

    Crossing to Freedom, Virginia Frances Schwartz, Scholastic Canada

    Ghosts of the Titanic, Julie Lawson, Scholastic Canada

    The Glory Wind, Valerie Sherrard, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction, Kevin Sylvester, Simon and Schuster Canada

    That Boy Red, Rachna Gilmore, Harper Collins

    Silver Birch Non-Fiction Nominees

    Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science, Susan Hughes, Michael Wandelmaier, Kids Can Press

    Don’t Touch That Toad & Other Strange Things Adults Tell You, Catherine Rondina, Kevin Sylvester, Kids Can Press

    Game Day: Meet the People Who Make It Happen, Kevin Sylvester, Annick Press

    Highway of Heroes, Kathy Stinson, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    Who Wants Pizza? The Kids’ Guide to the History, Science & Culture of Food, Jan Thornhill, Maple Tree Press

    Silver Birch Express Nominees

    All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine, Monica Kulling, Bill Slavin, Tundra Books

    Banjo of Destiny, Cary Fagan, Selçuk Demirel, Groundwood Books

    Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Wallace, Groundwood Books

    The Last Loon, Rebecca Upjohn, Orca Book Publishers

    Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet, Janet Wilson, Second Story Press

    Saving Arm Pit, Natalie Hyde, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew: Tales of Ti-Jean, Jan Andrews, Dušan Petričić, Groundwood Books

    Red Maple Fiction Nominees

    Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom, Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books

    Dust City, Robert Paul Weston, Penguin Group

    Fly Boy, Eric Walters, Penguin Group

    Half Brother, Kenneth Oppel, Harper Collins Canada

    Home Truths, Jill MacLean, Dancing Cat Books

    No Safe Place, Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books

    Thunder Over Kandahar, Sharon E. McKay, Rafal Gerszak (photographs), Annick Press

    White Pine Fiction Nominees

    The Fifth Rule, Don Aker, Harper Collins Publishers

    The Gathering, Kelley Armstrong, Random House Canada

    White Pine Non-Fiction Nominees

    Nice Recovery, Susan Juby, Penguin Group Canada/Viking Canada

    Golden Oak Nominees

    Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Wallace, Groundwood Books

    Highway of Heroes, Kathy Stinson, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    No Safe Place, Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books

    Our Earth: How Kids Are Saving the Planet, Janet Wilson, Second Story Press

    Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged, Jody Nyasha Warner, Richard Rudnicki, Groundwood Books

    2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Medalists

    Pre-Teen Fiction - Fantasy

    Bronze (tie): Kingdom of Trolls, by Rae Bridgman (Sybertooth Inc.)

    Pre-Teen Fiction - Historical/Cultural

    Gold: Ghost Messages, by Jacqueline Guest (Coteau Books for Kids)

    Silver (tie): Hannah & the Spindle Whorl, by Carol Anne Shaw (Ronsdale Press)

    Young Adult Fiction - General

    Silver: Signs of Martha, by Sarah Raymond (Great Plains Teen Fiction)
    Bronze (tie): Drummer Girl, by Karen Bass (Coteau Books)

    Hamilton Arts Council Children & Young Adult Book

    Last Chance for Paris, by Sylvia McNicoll, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    (This award is sponsored by Reliable Life Insurance.)

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:36 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Whispered Words is an open-genre, open-form prose competition run by the Writers’ Community of Durham Region. The $1000 first prize includes publication in the Whispered Words literary anthology. The $400 second prize winner, $200 third place winner and selected honourable mentions will also be published in the anthology. All published entries receive a $25 payment and a contributor’s copy, and every entry receives written feedback from the judges. The maximum word count is 1000 words. The entry fee is just $20 Canadian – $25 for international entries.

    Whispered Words is also running a cover design contest. The prize is $150, publication on the cover of the Whispered Words anthology, plus a contributor’s copy. Entry fee is $5 Canadian.

    Both contests close November 30, 2011. Winners will be announced in March 2012. Online submissions only. Payment by PayPal, or mail a cheque or money order to The Writers’ Community of Durham Region, Bayly Postal Outlet, PO Box 14558, 75 Bayly Street West, Ajax, Ontario, Canada L1S 7K7. For complete contest details, visit or e-mail>

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