A Launch of Paul Yee’s Latest Book on May 3rd!

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Photos from World Read Aloud Day

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:

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In Person: Jacqueline Woodson, May 8, 2015

Join us on Friday May 8 for an engaging conversation with 2014 National Book Award Winner, Jacqueline Woodson

JackieWoodson74810-web-only2014 National Book Award Winner for her memoir, Brown Girl DreamingJacqueline 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 SideEach KindnessBeneath A Meth Moon, the Caldecott Honor Book Coming On Home SoonFeathers, 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 |

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Announcing Reading Lights – see your writing or illustration in lights

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 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.

The Vancouver Public Library and CWILL BC Society are seeking submissions of BC books for ‘Reading Lights’.

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.

Submission Criteria

• 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.

Checklist

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?
Name
Address
Phone number
Email address

Send hard copies (books or photocopied pages from books) to:
Vi Hughes
For: Reading Lights
1250 Esquimalt Avenue
West Vancouver
V7T 1K3

Send electronic copies to:
vancouverreadinglights@gmail.com

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.

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To get an idea of what Reading Lights will be like, check out this similar project, Literary Landmarks.


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Thank you panelists!

Another Writing and Illustrating Kids’ Books panel has been completed. If you missed it, stay tuned to the CWILL BC blog for the announcement of next year’s event in February or March of 2016.

A big thank you to our 2015 CWILL BC panelists for sharing their knowledge and experience, and to the Vancouver Public Library for their partnership in this event.

Writing and Illustrating Kids' Books - 2015 panelists

l to r: Ellen Schwartz (moderator), Sheri Radford, Kallie George, Claire Eamer, Mark Smith, Sara Leach, Silvana Goldemberg

 

The Writing and Illustrating Kids’ Books panel (formerly Getting Started in Children’s Books), is an annual event where published authors and illustrators share their stories about getting their start in the industry, speak about what they’ve learned, and answer audience questions on the subject. This is an invaluable event for any aspiring kids’ book author or illustrator.

 

A bit about the 2015 panelists:

Claire Eamer is a self-confessed science geek who writes about science for kids and adults. Her most recent book, Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science, won the Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing in Canada. She also writes un-science-y fantasy stories for kids.

Kallie George is an author, editor, and speaker living in Vancouver. Her most recent book is Clover’s Luck, Book 1 in The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series. When she is not writing or editing, she’s teaching creative writing workshops.

Silvana Goldemberg is an award-winning Argentine-Canadian author of numerous books and magazines published in Spanish and English throughout the Americas. Her YA novel Victoria (Tradewind Books) was distinguished by BC Book Prizes as one of five outstanding books for children by a British Columbia author published in 2013.

Sara Leach is the author of five books for children, including the Red Cedar award-winning Count Me In and Warm Up, which is part of the Orca Limelights series. She is a teacher-librarian who lives in Whistler.

Sheri Radford is the editor of two magazines and spends her days wresting with commas, taming adjectives, and banishing adverbs. As the author of several silly, award-winning books for children, she spends her evenings playing, imagining, and creating. She lives in Vancouver with her messy husband and two even messier cats.

Mark David Smith has written freelance articles for marketing and travel companies and poetry for adults, and is the former editor of an independent arts journal, Plumb. He is married with three children, and teaches English to high school students in Burnaby. Caravaggio: Signed in Blood is his first novel.

Ellen Schwartz (moderator) is the award-winning author of 16 books for children, from picture books to early chapter books to teen novels and non-fiction. Ellen teaches writing for children at Douglas College. Her latest novel, The Case of the Missing Deed, won the Rocky Mountain Book Award.

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Reminder: CWILL BC/VPL Writing & Illustrating Kids’ Books happens tomorrow!

A quick reminder – the Writing & Illustrating Kids’ Books panel happens tomorrow night, March 2, 2015.

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m
Venue: Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, Alice Mackay Room (that’s the lower meeting room under the atrium in the main library branch in downtown Vancouver).
Cost: FREE

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Meet the panelists:

Claire Eamer is a self-confessed science geek who writes about science for kids and adults. Her most recent book, Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science, won the Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing in Canada. She also writes un-science-y fantasy stories for kids.

Kallie George is an author, editor, and speaker living in Vancouver. Her most recent book is Clover’s Luck, Book 1 in The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series. When she is not writing or editing, she’s teaching creative writing workshops.

Silvana Goldemberg is an award-winning Argentine-Canadian author of numerous books and magazines published in Spanish and English throughout the Americas. Her YA novel Victoria (Tradewind Books) was distinguished by BC Book Prizes as one of five outstanding books for children by a British Columbia author published in 2013.

Sara Leach is the author of five books for children, including the Red Cedar award-winning Count Me In and Warm Up, which is part of the Orca Limelights series. She is a teacher-librarian who lives in Whistler.

Sheri Radford is the editor of two magazines and spends her days wresting with commas, taming adjectives, and banishing adverbs. As the author of several silly, award-winning books for children, she spends her evenings playing, imagining, and creating. She lives in Vancouver with her messy husband and two even messier cats.

Mark David Smith has written freelance articles for marketing and travel companies and poetry for adults, and is the former editor of an independent arts journal, Plumb. He is married with three children, and teaches English to high school students in Burnaby. Caravaggio: Signed in Blood is his first novel.

Ellen Schwartz (moderator) is the award-winning author of 16 books for children, from picture books to early chapter books to teen novels and non-fiction. Ellen teaches writing for children at Douglas College. Her latest novel, The Case of the Missing Deed, won the Rocky Mountain Book Award.

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