The Joan Betty Stuchner – Oy Vey! – Funniest Children’s Book Award

Oy Vey! The Joan Betty Stuchner – Oy Vey! – Funniest Children’s Book Award committee has finally stopped laughing long enough to release this hilarious news. We have a shortlist! We received fifty very funny books, but these five kept our jury the most “buckled over with guffaws, incapacitated with giggles, and/or rib-ticklingly, side-splittingly, thigh-slappingly entertained.”

They are:

  • The Princess and the Pony, written and illustrated by Kate Beaton, Arthur A. Books, 2015
  • The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold, written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Cale Atkinson, Tundra Books, 2016
  • Move It, Miss Mackintosh!, written by Peggy Robbins Janousky and illustrated by Meghan Lands, Annick Press 2016
  • The Liszts, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Júlia Sardà, Tundra Books 2016
  • Kabungo, written by Rolli and illustrated by Milan Pavlovic, Groundwood Books 2016

Congratulations! The $1000 prize winner will be announced 20 June, 2017 at a special, giggle-filled celebration at the Cottage Bistro in Vancouver, 7-9 pm, 4470 Main Street.

For tickets to this FREE event, please visit the Joan Betty Stuchner Oy Vey Funniest Children’s Book Award Facebook page and include yourself via the event invitation posted there.

For more information about the award please visit

— The Joan Betty Stuchner – Oy Vey! – Funniest Children’s Book Award committee

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A book launch for children’s books in French

COVER/Le CamionThis coming Saturday, March 18, 2017, in the morning, Nancy Hundal and Danielle S. Marcotte are launching their new French books, so come down for a piece of cake onyour own or, better still, bring the French program children in your life!

Nancy Mundal’s Le Camion 21 is that rare object: a French kid’s book that takes place in Vancouver. There are few in existence! This brightly illustrated story would also make a wonderful gift to any out-of-town visitors and young friend on your list.

yukon_marcotte.jpgDaniel S. Marcotte’s Noé et Grand-Ours Une Aventure au Yukon, on the other hand, is great for airplane enthusiasts and dog lovers of the same age group, 4–8 years old. It gives the reader a sense of the Great Canadian North and its community spirit. For the teachers out there, a free French “cahier pédagogique” for that book is available for download on the author’s website.

There will be cake, fruit, refreshments, a shortreading in French by Lucie Perrin for the kids at this free launching event. Everyone is welcome and both books will be up for sale for those interested.

Here’s all the details:

10:30 am, Saturday, March 18, 2017
The Vancouver French Cultural Centre
1551 west 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Hope to see you there!

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Calling BC Writers and Illustrators: Phase 3 of Reading Lights is on its way


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 by visiting the official website.

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

As part of Year 3, the last year 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 for young children up to age 12 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.


  •  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 three 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.



  • An independent 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 3 of this project is February 2018.
  • Books submitted as part of the application process will be donated to the Vancouver Public Library.



Please include this checklist in your submission. All items must be completed. 

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 two years?

3._____ Are all print copy permissions included with the submission? (SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED UNLESS ALL PERMISSIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE.)

4.___  Have you included your contact information?

Phone number

5. Email addresses for:


Send hard copies of all of the above to:
Reading Lights
1250 Esquimalt Avenue
West Vancouver, BC
V7T 1K3

Questions? Email:

Your submission must be postmarked by April 30, 2017, for consideration.

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Shortlisted CWILL authors & illustrators: BC Book Prizes

Congratulations to CWILL’s BC Book Prizes 2017 finalists!

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize presented to the best illustrated book written for children:

  • Margriet Ruurs, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr, Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey (Orca Book Publishers)

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize awarded to the best non-illustrated book written for children:

The winners will be announced at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Sat, April 29, 2017 at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, will be in attendance.

At the Gala, the 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence will also be presented (announcement date April 4). This award was established in 2003 by the Honourable Iona Campagnolo to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. In 2016, the 13th annual award was presented to Alan Twigg. Winners in the seven categories and the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence will collectively receive $19,000 in cash prizes.

A selection of the shortlisted authors (to be announced in the coming weeks) will be part of BC Book Prizes On Tour. This author reading tour will take finalists to schools and public venues in many communities throughout BC in April 2017.


BC BOOK PRIZES ON TOUR: April 2017, FREE events in several BC communities (more info to come)

BC BOOK PRIZES SOIRÉE: April 5, 2017; Vancouver, location TBA (a casual celebratory event to kick off the festivities)

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S BC BOOK PRIZES GALA: Saturday, April 29, 2017, Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver; Tickets online starting Monday, March 13, 2017.

Karen Green, Rebus Creative

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The latest Reading Lights are here!


We’re excited here at CWILL BC to tell you that the next round of plaques have been installed around Vancouver as part of the Reading Lights literacy initiative. These plaques feature children’s books by BC authors and illustrators and are installed on lamp posts near parks, playgrounds, schools, and libraries throughout the city to offer children exciting and unexpected encounters.

Visit the official Reading Lights website, where you can view an interactive map of all the plaques installed for both Phase 1 and 2 of the project. You can even download the map to take with you as you go on a kid-lit hunt!


Congratulations to the authors and illustrators whose books were selected for Phase 2 of the projects. Here’s the list:

Eat, Leo! Eat
Written by Caroline Adderson
Illustrated by Josee Bisaillon
Kids Can Press

The Yoga Game by the Sea
Written by Kathy Beliveau
Illustrated by Denise Holmes
Simply Read Books

Big City Bees
Written by Maggie de Vries
Illustrated by Renne Benoit
Greystone Books

Ben Says Good Bye
Written by Sarah Ellis
Illustrated by Kim La Fave
Pajama Press

Kendra Kandlestar and The Box of Whispers
Written and illustrated by Lee Edward Födi
Simply Read Books

Written by Cynthia Heinrichs
Illustrated by Jumin Lee
Simply Read Books

Written by Jude Isabella
Illustrated by Kathy Boake
Kids Can Press

Brave Highland Heart
Written by Heather Kellerhalls-Stewart
Illustrated by Werner Zimmermann
Fitzhenry and Whiteside

Peace is an Offering
Written by Annette LeBox
Illustrated by Stephanie Graegrin
Dial Books for Young Readers

A Boy Asked The Wind
Written by Barbara Nickel
Illustrated by Gillian Newland
Red Deer Press

Follow That Map!
Written and Illustrated by Scot Ritchie
Kids Can Press

Mister Got To Go, Where Are You?
Written by Lois Simmie
Illustrated by Cynthia Nugent
Red Deer Press

Small Saul
Written and illustrated by Ashley Spires
Kids Can Press

Stop Thief!
Written by Heather Tekavec
Illustrated by Pierre Pratt
Kids Can Press

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
Written by Chieri Ugaki
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Kids Can Press

No Pets Allowed
Written by Irene Watts
Illustrated by Kathryn Shoemaker
Tradewind Books

Hungry For Math: Poems to Munch On
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters and Lori Sherritt-Fleming.
Illustrated by Peggy Collins
Fitzhenry and Whiteside

Maggie’s Chopsticks
Written by Alan Woo
Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Kids Can Press

Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts
Written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple
Illustrated by Elizabeth Shefrin
Tradewind Books

Boy Meets Dog — A Word Adventure Game
Written by Valerie Wyatt
Illustrated by Dave Whamond
Kids Can Press

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A successful fundraiser to support Phase 3 of the project was held on February 23 and a call for submissions for the next round of plaques will be going out soon.

Reading Lights is a collaborative project of Vancouver Public Library and the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of B.C. Society. The first set of twenty Reading Lights plaques were installed in January 2016.

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Optimists Die First Book Launch


Join Susin Nielsen, winner of the prestigious Governor-General’s award, for the launch of her new book, Optimists Die First.

Here are all the event details:

Thursday, March 2, 7 pm
2557 West Broadway, Vancouver

For more information, contact the store at:

Susin will perform a short reading and will be personally autographing copies. The book has been receiving rave reviews so, if you are a lover of YA literature, then this is an event you won’t want to miss.

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