We've Got Lots of Good News for You!
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
CHILDREN’S AND YA PODCASTS
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
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.
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.
A podcast about books for tweens around the ages 8-12. The podcast offers trending topics, author interviews, and recommendations.
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