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


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  • Friday, February 14, 2014 4:09 PM | Sharon Plumb (Administrator)
    The Sask CANSCAIP chapter is thinking of hosting an online writing course so that all of our members can participate without having to travel long distances in uncertain weather. This month we want to find out if our members would like a course, and if so, what sort. It would probably take place in the Fall of 2014, and would also be open to people outside Saskatchewan if there were spaces left over. 

    If you would be interested in teaching an online course on some aspect of writing for children, we would also like to hear from you. Post on the blog or email
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:33 PM | Sharon Plumb (Administrator)
    Marie Powell has just posted Sask CANSCAIP's latest discussion topic: Research - How Much is Too Much? You can read the post and comments, or add your own, at .

    December's post, by Linda Aksomitis,  was on the topic of publishing your own e-book.
    November's, by Dianne Young, was about unexpected things that can happen at School Readings and how to deal with them.

    You can find all of these at . Check it out!

  • Friday, November 15, 2013 6:00 AM | Sharon Plumb (Administrator)
    The Saskatchewan Chapter of CANSCAIP has started a monthly online discussion forum on the chapter website. The idea came up at our general meeting after the 2013 Prairie Horizons Conference in September, during a discussion on how to connect our geographically scattered members.

    A different discussion topic will be posted on the 15th of each month by a guest moderator. The first one went up in October on the topic of the discussion forum itself, and the second one is out today! Check it out at
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:47 AM | Deleted user
    CANSCAIP prides itself on being a supporter of fantastic Canadian kid lit & culture. To honour the importance of Canadian children's books and our role in nurturing talent from beginner to established, we're celebrating with our inaugural PYI 2013 Group Exhibition.

    Discover some new talent and enjoy classic CANSCAIP Collection pieces from Michael Martchenko, Phoebe Gilman & PYI 2013 workshop presenter, Kady MacDonald Denton. View new pieces by Suzanne Del Rizzo, Kevin Sylvester, Bill Slavin and recent Order of Canada recipient Barbara Reid. Join us for a showcase of PYI talent (and beyond) from the Canadian kid lit community!

    The show runs from Nov 15 - Dec 10 at Humber's L space Gallery at their Lakeshore campus, and opens in tandem with our 29th annual Packaging Your Imagination Conference

    Free parking is available on campus.
  • Wednesday, October 09, 2013 3:34 PM | Deleted user
    Author & CANSCAIP co-founder, Claire Mackay, is remembered in today's Globe & Mail. Funny, witty, generous & endlessly supportive of her peers, Claire will be remembered for her important contribution to Canadian children's literature and will be missed by many.

    Read the article here:

  • Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:49 AM | Deleted user
    Chris Butcher & his partner Andrew Woodrow Butcher will be coming to talk on Wednesday, October 9 about The Toronto Comic Arts Festival as well as their relatively new children’s bookstore, Little Island Comics. As well, cartoonist & children’s book illustrator John Martz will talk a bit about his work & his involvement with TCAF as well.


    Centre for Social Innovation, Annex.
    4th Floor, Fringe Lab
    Wednesday, October 9 from 7:00 -9:30pm.

    Meeting will be held in the Fringe Lab, 4th Floor, ROOM 401 of 720 Bathurst St. Elevator available.

    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.

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:15 AM | 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, 2014 to May 31, 2015.

    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, 2013. For more details visit

  • 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.


    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 (Administrator)
    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 (Administrator)

    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

    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

    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
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