Monday, 22 April 2013

IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver winner for 2012 announced

International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Canada, a non-profit volunteer organization that promotes quality French and English Canadian children's literature nationally and internationally, administers three National Awards and submits nominations for three International Awards, as follows:

 given annually to an artist of outstanding artwork in a Canadian picture book
given in support of research for a publishable work (a book or a paper) on Canadian children’s literature
given to an individual for distinguished service within the field of children’s literature


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IBBY Canada has just announced the  
winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award from 2012
for the Illustrator of a Canadian children's book 

Isabelle Arsenault


Virginia Wolf
written by Kyo Maclear
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 5-10
Loosely based on writer Virginia Wolf and her sister Vanessa Bell, the story has Virginia awakening and feeling dark and reclusive, determined to shut out the world. It is only when her sister asks Virginia what she needs that Vanessa is successful in using her artistry (courtesy of the inimitable Isabelle Arsenault) to engage Virginia and brighten her mood. This enthralling story finds a way to depict depression in an optimistic yet natural manner, easily accessible to young readers and encouraging for those who suffer with depression.

Reviewed here on March 13, 2012

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