Awards, Announcements, and News

Here’s hoping your summer has started off marvelously and you have plenty of stimulating reads already gathered. If there is still room for a few more, here are some ideas.

As noted in the previous Deakin Review, the Rocky Mountain Book Award winners were announced in April with The Case of the Missing Deed by Ellen Schwartz getting the most votes from readers in grades 4-7. Mark your calendars now for late August 2013 to register a reading group to participate in the next round. The 2014 short list is available at (see the United Library Services or Univ. of Lethbridge Book Store links).

In late June, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced new appointments to the Order of Canada with at least two appointees having a children’s literature connection. Barbara Reid was appointed as a Member (C.M.) and specifically cited for “for her contributions as a children’s book illustrator and author, widely known for her creative use of the medium of Plasticine.” Fred Wah was appointed as an Officer (O.C.) and cited for groundbreaking work as a poet. Although not specifically known as a children’s writer, his writing shows up in high school classrooms and, when interviewed by UBC’s Ubysseyy newspaper in January 2012 on being appointed Canada’s new Parliamentary Poet Laureate, he said, “I’d like to see more Canadian literature -particularly poetry - in our classrooms, in primary and secondary schools. I’m going to try to create, I hope, energy in that area.” I’m sure any book from either author would be worth a look.

In June, the UK’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (aka CILIP) announced its 2013 award winners. Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner won the Carnegie Medal for an outstanding book for children while Black Dog illustrated by Levi Pinfold took the Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration in a children’s book.

Another book award to keep an eye might be the IODE Violet Downey award that was established in 1985. It is an annual award for books aimed at the under-13 set that was written and published in Canada. This year’s winner was The Green Man by Michael Bedard (Tundra) about a teenage girl spending a mysterious summer with her antiquarian book owning aunt.

Happy summer reading.

David Sulz, Communications Editor