We've Got Lots of Good News for You!

  • Hanne Pearce


Greetings everyone!

Welcome to another issue and a round-up of children’s literature news. It has been a long and cold winter in Edmonton, but it seems to be finally winding down. There are some award and event news to share with you as well as some podcasts.

I happen to be a big podcast lover and and my favourite ones help me get through the winter darkness with insightful ideas and discussions. It thought it would be fun to highlight a few children’s literature podcasts that may interest our readers. Here’s wishing you all a warm spring!


Alberta Literary Awards were announced by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. The books shortlisted for the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature include:

  • Jenny Keith (Edmonton) – Day Cat, Night Cat
  • Mike Kerr (Calgary) – Crafty Llama
  • Nhung Tran-Davies (Calmar) – Ten Cents a Pound

Shortlist reading events will be held this spring in Edmonton on May 5 and in Calgary on May 15.

The BC Book Prize shortlists have been announced, and titles shortlisted for the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize include:

  • Learning to Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather
  • The Journey Forward, A Novella on Reconciliation: When We Play Our Drums, They Sing! / Lucy and Lola by Monique Gray Smith and Richard Van Camp
  • Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
  • No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
  • Very Rich by Polly Horvath

Those shortlisted for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize include:

  • The Nameless City: The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks,
  • Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature by Margriet Ruurs Illustrated by Robert Bateman,
  • Sir Simon: Super Scarer by Cale Atkinson; Sparks! by Ian Boothby Illustrated by Nina Matsumoto
  • Sterling, Best Dog Ever by Aidan Cassie

Full details can be found at the BC Book Prize Website.



Me and Mr. Carnegie: 16th Albert Lahmer Memorial Lecture

The Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, Lillian H. Smith Branch, Toronto Public Library

April 25, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

See more at: Canadian Children’s Book Centre



YA Write

Every month, Amy Mathers talks to YA writers about their inspiration as a writer and their latest books.


A Podcast About Creating and Sharing Picture Books

The Yarn

A narrative adventure. The Yarn takes listeners behind the scenes of children's literature, and lets them look at all the threads that must be weaved together to create a book.

The Children’s Book Podcast

Hosted by Matthew Winner, elementary school librarian and co-founder of All The Wonders. The Children's Book Podcast features insightful and sincere interviews with authors, illustrators, and everyone involved in taking a book from a drawing board to bookshelf.

Books Between

A podcast about books for tweens around the ages 8-12. The podcast offers trending topics, author interviews, and recommendations.

How to Cite
Pearce, H. (2019). We’ve Got Lots of Good News for You!. The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, 8(3). https://doi.org/10.20361/dr29424
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