First chance to get Last Chance Island!

Come celebrate the launch of two new books, “Last Chance Island” and “Taking a Chance on Love,” with the authors, Norma Charles and Mary Razzell on Thursday, April 28.

This is a free event, hosted by the wonderful Christianne’s Lyceum in Vancouver. Threw will be tea, wine, and Irish baking! And, of course, there will be a chance to purchase signed copies of the books by the authors.

Book Launch!

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Calling BC Writers and Illustrators


Do you write stories or poems for children 12 years and younger? Would you like them to be featured under a Reading Light?

Have look at the Reading Lights installed this year. (Ashley Spires and her panel are pictured above.)

The Vancouver Public Library and CWILL BC Society are now seeking submissions of BC books for twenty more ‘lights’.

As part of Year 2 of this initiative, 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. 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 12 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, 0 to 12 years.
  • Fiction, nonfiction and poetry are all eligible.
  • Illustrations must be integral to the text.
  • At least one of an author/illustrator team must be/ or have been a resident of BC for 2 years.
  • Books must be submitted in print. No electronic copies.
  • You may submit up to 3 books for consideration.
  • All permissions must be included with your submission – from the author, illustrator, and publisher. This can be in the form of a letter or a print copy of an email. Include these in your submission package.

What Happens Next?

  • A jury of three people 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 from the book.
  • The plaques will be manufactured and installed at selected sites.
  • The anticipated completion of Year 2 of this project is January 2017.
  • Books submitted as part of the application process will be donated to the Vancouver Public Library.


Before mailing – please follow this checklist:

  1. Have you included a hard copy of your book specifically aimed at children 12 years and younger?
  2. Is one of your author / illustrator team a resident, or has been a resident of BC for 2 years?
  3. Are all print copy permissions included with the submission? SUBMISSIONS SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED UNLESS ALL PERMISSIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE.
  4. Have you included your contact information? Please include our name, address, phone number, and email address.

Send hard copies of all of the above to:

Reading Lights
1250 Esquimalt Avenue
West Vancouver
V7T 1K3

Questions? Contact Reading Lights.

Your submission must be postmarked by April 30, 2016 for consideration.

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Reading Lights goes on air

CWILL authors Lori Sherritt-Fleming and Vi Hughes were guests at Roundhouse Radio on Friday, February 5th, to talk about the Reading Lights project and the wonderful books written by BC writers and illustrators.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here.


The photo shows Lori and Vi with Jennifer Moss, the radio host, Kirsten Sharp, the producer, and radio dog, Brooklyn.


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CWILL BC/VPL Writing & Illustrating Kids’ Books 2016



(print-sized posters, and every size in between, are available for download here in colour and black and white)

The annual CWILL BC/VPL Writing & Illustrating Kids’ Books panel is coming up on Monday February 29 , 2016 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Vancouver Public Library Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye rooms (the lower meeting rooms under the atrium in the main library branch in downtown Vancouver, 350 West Georgia Street).

Interested in writing or illustrating books for young readers? Join seven professional children’s authors and illustrators at this free public event to find out how they broke into this exciting and competitive field and how they built their careers. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions and get practical information on such topics as how to improve your writing, how to find a publisher and submit your work, what agents do, what to look for in a book contract and what the financial rewards are.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the children’s publishing industry from published authors and illustrators. And it’s a free event.

This year’s well-published and informative panelists are:

Award-winning author Pam Withers has written 17 bestselling adventure books for teens, as well as Jump Starting Boys: Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life. Pam is a mother as well as a former outdoor guide, journalist and editor.

Linda DeMeulemeester’s fantasy middle grade series Grim Hill has been translated into French, Spanish and Korean. Wandering Fox, an imprint of Heritage Books, is reissuing the bestselling series. The Secret of Grim Hill, first book and winner of the Silver Birch and the Canadian Toy Testing Best Books, launched in October.

Beryl Young is the author of five award-winning books for children. Her first book was published when she was 66 years old, and she has gone on to write fiction, non-fiction and picture books, winning the Silver Moonbeam and the Chocolate Lily awards in 2012.

Cynthia Heinrichs is the author of two books: “Mermaids,” a picture book about the diving women of South Korea, and “Under the Mound,” a novel for young adults set in 12th-century Scotland. She lives in Vancouver, BC, where she writes and tutors college students in academic writing.

Victoria Miles is the author of numerous books for children, including the award-winning Magnifico; Old Mother Bear; and the critically acclaimed Mimi Power and the I-don’t-know-what—a finalist in the 2013 BC Book Prizes, and the 2013/14 Red Cedar and 2014 Diamond Willow Awards.

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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Reading BC Books

CWILL BC’s list of set-in-BC children’s and young adult books is newly updated and posted here. You’ll find stories set everywhere from Sooke to Barkerville to Smithers. Happy reading!

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The Reading Lights are on!


Written by Vi Hughes

Reading Lights, CWILL’s collaborative project with the Vancouver Public Library was officially launched on Family Literacy Day, Wednesday, January 27, with many of the participating authors and illustrators in attendance.

Excerpts from stories and poems by BC writers and illustrators are sprinkled throughout the city for children and their families to discover. Imagine—a walk and an unexpected encounter with children’s literature on a lamp post on the street!

Of course, you don’t have to wait for a chance encounter. You can check out the official website for the project to find out where your favorite author or illustrator is featured.

Each excerpt looks just like the real thing—a page from a book. They are printed on metal plaques, 7 inches by 24 inches, and permanently fixed onto posts near schools, parks, playgrounds, or libraries. Yes, the ‘pages’ are big—but what they give is even bigger: the gift of reading and books. The information on each plaque links the reader to the library to see the whole book, the titles of other books and information about the author and illustrator. You can even borrow the book on the spot!

These books celebrate the creative talent of our amazing CWILL authors and illustrators. It was challenging for the committee to select only 20 from the nearly 100 that were submitted.

They also celebrate the diversity of the people in our city and province. There is a book for everyone in this group of twenty: for the child who loves crocodiles and dinosaurs and dragons, the child who wonders about the world, the adventurer, the hero, the nation builder, the animal lover, the dreamer, the rhymer . . . and the baby in a mother’s arms.

For many of the very young children living in our city, this is might be their first encounter with the world of books. What a beautiful gift we have given them!

A full list of the participating authors and illustrations can be found on VPL’s website.

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