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As night falls on a soft summer evening, neighborhood children are drawn out of their houses by the sights and sounds of the world after dark. First the fireflies come sparkling past, followed by a host of domestic and wild animals, from cats and dogs to owls and skunks. Accomplished children’s poet Robert Heidbreder creates a world of enchantment, while Qin Leng’s illustrations conjure the harmonious interplay between our everyday domestic world and one that is just a little bit wilder. All the characters, both human and otherwise, have their moment on the nighttime stage, but eventually, the curtain falls, and sleepiness beckons.
Back on Wednesday, March 4th, CWILL BC members took part in two WRAD events: one at Richmond Public Library and the other at Christianne’s Lyceum .
Participants included Lori Sherritt-Fleming, Tiffany Stone, Rie Charles, Silvana Goldemberg, Cindy Heinrichs, Duane Lawrence, Janet Whyte, Suzanne de Montigny and Dan Bar-el.
Audience and authors came together for the pure joy of sharing and listening to stories and poems. Those in attendance who were not children did indeed feel like children that day, wrapped up all cozy in the words being read to us.
Here are a few photos taken mainly by Lori:
Join us on Friday May 8 for an engaging conversation with 2014 National Book Award Winner, Jacqueline Woodson
2014 National Book Award Winner for her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson is also the author of more than two dozen books for young adults, middle graders and children. The recipient of many awards, she is a three-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, as well as a Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books include The Other Side, Each Kindness, Beneath A Meth Moon, the Caldecott Honor Book Coming On Home Soon, Feathers, and Miracle’s Boys, which received the LA Times Book Prize and was adapted into a miniseries directed by Spike Lee. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature. In 2013 she was the United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Ms. Woodson lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. May 8, 2015 | Robson Square Auditorium | 7:00 pm | $25 |
Calling BC Writers and Illustrators
Do you write stories or poems for children 8 years and younger?
Submit your published work for consideration to feature your story or poem under a Reading Light.
As part of a new literacy initiative in 2016, excerpts of stories or poems with associated illustrations from published children’s literature will be featured on permanent plaques (24” high by 7” wide) and placed on lamp posts in Vancouver. The author and illustrator will be highlighted with links to the library for further reading. These plaques will provide spontaneous encounters with BC books for children and their caregivers near parks, playgrounds, schools and libraries. They are intended to spark an interest in stories and reading, while celebrating the work of BC authors and illustrators.
If you are/ or have been a resident of BC for at least 2 years and write or illustrate for children 8 years and younger, please read these submission criteria. Books in English and other languages reflecting the diversity of BC are welcomed.
• The story excerpt or poem must be aimed at young readers, toddler to 8 years.
• Fiction, nonfiction and poetry are all eligible.
• At least one of an author/illustrator team must be/ or have been a resident of BC for 2 years.
• Books may be submitted in their entirety or selected excerpt.
• Submissions may be done electronically or by post office mail.
• You may submit one excerpt each from three different publications.
• You may submit a current work or one from your backlist.
• All permissions must be included with your submission – from the author, illustrator, and publisher. This can be in the form of a letter or printed copy of an email.
What Happens Next?
A jury of three people (from VPL, CWILL BC Society, and a children’s educator) will review the submissions and select twenty to feature on lamp posts across Vancouver.
The design team from VPL will consult with selected authors / illustrators before the plaque is finalized and request a high-quality digital image of the book cover, the author and/or the illustrator.
The plaques will be manufactured and installed at selected sites. The anticipated launch of this project is January 2016.
Submitted books as part of the application process will be donated to the Vancouver Public Library.
Before mailing – please follow this checklist.
Have you included:
☐ A story excerpt or poem specifically aimed at young children 8 years and younger?
☐ If you are sending an excerpt by email does it include a good quality photocopy of a page
and the title, author, illustrator and publisher names?
☐ Is one of your author / illustrator team a resident, or has been resident of BC for 2 years?
☐ Are the permissions included with the submission?
Please include a letter or printed copy of an email with this information.
☐ Have you included your contact information?
Send hard copies (books or photocopied pages from books) to:
For: Reading Lights
1250 Esquimalt Avenue
Send electronic copies to:
Your submission must bepostmarked by April 15, 2015 for consideration.
In early 2016 the community could be reading your story under a Reading Light!
For a pdf version of this information, please click here.
To get an idea of what Reading Lights will be like, check out this similar project, Literary Landmarks.