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
PearceH. (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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