Monday, 27 August 2012

IBBY Honour List 2012

At its international congress hosted by London, UK this year, International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) announced its 2012 Honour List, a comprehensive selection of recently published books representing the very best in children's literature from across the globe. 

This year's list, presented on August 25 2012, is an impressive list of 169 titles from at least 56 countries. Only Spain, which had books in 4 different languages, had more books honoured than Canada.

The following Canadian books have been recognized as making an outstanding contribution to the world of children's literature by IBBY:

English language:
The Nine Lives of Travis Keating
by Jill Maclean
Fitzhenry & Whiteside

French language:
Les saison des pluies
par Mario Brassard
Illustré par Suana Verelst
Soulières éditeur


Ojibwe language:
Anangoog Meegiwaewinan 
by Basil Johnston 
Illustrated by Adrian Najiwon
Kedegonce Press

The Imaginary Garden
by Irene Luxbacher
Written by Andrew Larsen
Kids Can Press

Translation:  French to English
Today, Maybe
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Written by Dominique Demers
Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
Orca Book Publishers

Translation: English to French
L’oeil de la Corneille 
Translated by Pierre Corbeil
Written by Shane Peacock
Bayard Canada

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Information Book Award 2012 Finalists announced

The Children's Literature Roundtable is a group of authors, editors, publishers, parents, teachers, librarians, booksellers and readers who come together to talk, promote, and enjoy children's literature.  First started in 1977 in Edmonton, the Canadian Children's Literature Roundtables have chapters in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton, Saint John, Winnipeg, Lethbridge, Grand Prairie and Kamloops.  

First presented in 1987, the Information Book Award is a children's non-fiction award, presented by the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada and administered by its Vancouver chapter, for an English non-fiction book that, 
"arouses interest, stimulates curiosity, captures the imagination, and fosters concern for the world around us"

The award winner will be announced in February, with the author and the illustrator receiving commemorative award certificates and sharing a cash prize of $1000.

Congratulations to this year's nominees for this year's Information Book Award:

Beyond Bullets:  A Photo Journal of Afghanistan
By Rafal Gerszak with Dawn Hunter
Annick Press

Biomimicry: Inventions Inspired by Nature
By Dora Lee, Illustrated by Margot Thompson
Kids Can Press

Kamakwie: Finding Peace, Love, and Injustice in Sierra Leone
By Kathleen Martin
Red Deer Press

By Susan Vande Griek, Illustrated by Karen Reczuch
Groundwood Books


A Walk on the Tundra
By Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler, Illustrated by Qin Leng
Inhabit Media

 Best wishes to all nominees!