Oy Vey! Announcing the short list for the funniest children’s book award!

The Joan Betty Stuchner—Oy Vey!—Funniest Children’s Book Award committee has finally stopped laughing long enough to release this hilarious news: they have a shortlist!


The received 60 very funny books, which kept the jury the most “buckled over with guffaws, incapacitated with giggles, and/or rib-ticklingly, side-splittingly, thigh-slappingly entertained.”

 The shortlisted books in the picture or board book category are:

 You Can Read, written by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Mark Hoffmann (Orca)

Sterling, Best Dog Ever, written and illustrated by Aidan Cassie (Farrar,Strauss and Giroux)

Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament, written by Anne Renaud, illustrated by Felicita Sala (Kids Can)

 The shortlisted books in thechapter book category are:

 Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney (Puffin)

Mort Ziff Is Not Dead by Cary Fagan (Puffin)

Dog Night at the Story Zoo by Dan Bar-El, illustrated byVicky Nerino (Tundra)

Congratulations to the finalist! The winners of each category will win $752.81 and will be announced June 19, 2019, at a special, giggle-filled celebration at Slickety Jim’s Chat ‘n’ Chew in Vancouver, 7-9 pm, 3475 Main Street.

Attend for a chance to win a collection of :

  1. All the Oy Vey submissions,
  2. A $500 collection of books by BC authors and illustrators, which is part of the BC Book Prizes “Adopt a Library” program. 

About Joan Betty Stuchner:

joan-tutu1Joan Betty Stuchner, beloved children’s author and teacher, passed away unexpectedly in 2014.  Joan was many things—brave, gracious, warm, generous, kind and absolutely hilarious to boot.  (“Oy vey!” she’s probably saying now . . .)With this award, the committee honours Joan’s life-affirming humour and encourages other children’s writers to laugh it up on the page the way she did.

You can find out more about the award at the official website:

About Lee Edward Fodi

I’m a children’s author, illustrator, and specialized arts educator—or, as I like to think of myself, a daydreaming expert. I'm the author of the Kendra Kandlestar series and The Secret of Zoone. During my free time, I'm a traveler, adventurer, and maker of dragon eggs. I live in Vancouver with my wife, son, and unhelpful cat.
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2 Responses to Oy Vey! Announcing the short list for the funniest children’s book award!

  1. Norma M Charles says:

    What a lovely way to remember our dear Joan Betty.

  2. Darlene says:

    Congratulations to all the finalists. Joan will be pleased.

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