Nominations – 2019 Chocolate Lily Book Award

The Chocolate Lily Book Award is accepting submissions for 2019!

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2018

Submission Criteria:

Children’s book created by a BC author or illustrator. Authors and illustrators who have lived in BC for 3 out of the last 5 years qualify for this award.

  1. We have three categories in Children’s fiction: Picture book, Chapter Book/Early Novel -suitable for Gr 2 – Gr 4 readers and Novels – suitable for Grades 4 – 7. (If you’re unsure whether a chapter book is suitable, you may wish to submit it.  If you’re uncertain whether a picture book qualifies as a fictional story because it’s fiction within nonfiction facts, you may wish to submit it.  Our jury has short listed several picture books that could be considered nonfiction.)
  2. Publication year: Must have a 2017 imprint or earlier

Submission Entry Fee:

Please include a $30 entry fee per title submitted. (Note that the maximum entry fee will be $200 per publishing company). Payable to: Chocolate Lily Awards.

Please submit 7 copies of each title. For submission information, please see the Chocolate Lily Book Awards website:

— Harmina Jansen
Chocolate Lily Submissions Coordinator

— Karen Ehrenholz
Teacher & Founder of Chocolate Lily Book Awards

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VCLR Illustrator’s Breakfast – October 14th, 2017

Binky the Space Cat? Small Saul? Yup, Ashley Spires is coming to breakfast!

What’s the most magnificent thing you can do on Saturday, October 14th? Join us for the Annual Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable (VCLR) Illustrator’s Breakfast featuring Ashley Spires:

October 14, 2017 | 8:00 am -12:00 pm
University Golf Club | 5185 University Blvd, Vancouver
Members $65 | Non Members $80 | Students $40

Registration starts at 8 am. Welcome remarks and breakfast start at 8:45 am. Your ticket price includes a delicious hot breakfast buffet (with vegetarian options), a talk by Ashley Spires, book sales and silent auction. Ashley will sign books at the end of the program.

Author and illustrator Ashley Spires grew up in Tsawwassen, BC. After stints living in Toronto and Saskatoon, she now lives in Ladner, having made an educated decision to never move from BC again. She is the creator of the Binky the Space Cat series of junior graphic novels and the new spin-off, Fluffy Strikes Back. Her award winning picture books, include TD Grade One Giveaway book Small Saul and bestseller The Most Magnificent Thing. When not drawing she is often jogging with her dog Gordon or wrangling her cats, Fran, Penny and Mina.


— Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable

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Cozy Readings at Christianne’s Lyceum – Word Vancouver 2017

CWILL BC authors read to a crowd of pyjama-clad kids (and a few pyjama-clad parents, as well) at an event at Christianne’s Lyceum during Word Vancouver 2017.

Kallie George won over readers with her Heartwood Hotel series. She even brought along a miniature replica of the Heartwood, complete with animal hotel rooms.

Tanya Lloyd Kyi told ninja tales from her new picture book Shadow Warrior, and Rachelle Delaney ended the evening with tales of circus skills (or characters with a lack thereof) from The Bonaventure Adventures.

— Tanya Lloyd Kyi

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Word Vancouver 2017 – Journeys of the Imagination

Throngs of literature lovers pressed into tents and crowded the streets around the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library Sunday to catch a glimpse of or hear a word from their often unseen heroes and heroines. These heroes were not necessarily caped superstars but they did use their magical abilities to transport audiences to other realms, to take them on journeys of the imagination through the delight of a story.

CWILL at Imagination Island: (standing) Children’s authors Janet M. Whyte and Anita Miettunen; (seated) Master’s student in Children’s Literature Valeria de la Vega and Kathryn Shoemaker, Illustrator, Author, and Professor, Master’s in Children’s Literature Program.

CWILL BC Society authors and illustrators have long been a part of the WORD Vancouver festival, Western Canada’s largest annual celebration of literacy and reading. The CWILL panel opened the day offering tales of woe, humour and celebration around the joys of getting published. The conversations touched on some of the very non-superheroish sides of being a writer… rejection letters and what to do with them (some keep them while others take note of them, then rip them up and bury them in the backyard). The panel also provided encouragement and insight into the business and creative sides of writing. “Do I need an agent?” “Tell us about the submission process.” “What is the most rewarding part of being an author?” These were all questions posed by a creative and curious audience. Special thanks to Rachelle Delaney, Linda DeMeulemeester, Lee Edward Fodi, Anita Miettunen, and Beryl Young for participating in CWILL’s panel.

As far as CWILL literary superheroes go… there were many. You just had to stroll down the street and at every given hour there was a familiar face, book in hand, stirring hearts and minds as he or she read from their latest publication and detailed how the story had been born.

The atmosphere was playful and one full of delight, inquiry and connection. The CWILL table on Imagination Island saw a steady stream of families coming to chat to authors, create a bookmark or try their hand at making an artful “I Am” poetry collage. Thanks to Jami Gigot, Cindy Heinrichs, Anita Miettunen, Kathie Shoemaker, and Janet Whyte for manning the volunteer table and letting people know about all of the great work CWILL writers and illustrators do and can do in the community!

Words for WORD: fun, engaging, creative, magical, inspiring, informative, enlightening – and it all happened “on the street.”

— Lori Sherritt-Fleming

P.S. Many, many thanks to Lori Sherritt-Fleming – CWILL’s WORD Vancouver organizer, enthusiastic Getting Started panelist, and denizen of Imagination Island!

— Janet M. Whyte


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CWILL BC at Word Vancouver – September 24th, 2017

Join CWILL BC at Word Vancouver on Sunday, September 24th, 2017! Don’t miss our panel – Getting Started: Children’s Writers and Illustrators Discuss Getting Published – with Linda DeMeulemeester, Rachelle Delaney, Anita Miettunen, Beryl Young, Lee Edward Fodi, and Lori Sherritt-Fleming (11 am at The Quay) and readings by children’s authors Dan Bar-el and Mahtab Narsimhan. And don’t forget to drop by CWILL’s table at Imagination Island!

The big festival day happens on September 24 in and around the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 W Georgia St.). From 11 am – 5 pm, take in free readings, panel discussions, writing workshops, site performers, family activities, an exhibitor marketplace, and more. Canadian authors, as well as book, magazine, comics, education, and literacy exhibitors will gather to celebrate our region’s thriving literature and literacy communities. Activities and fun for all ages!

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Finalists – Reading Lights 2018!

Reading Lights, a Vancouver Public Library and CWILL BC partnership project, celebrates the work of B.C. children’s book authors and illustrators and offers unexpected encounters with an array of stories for children and their families near parks, playgrounds, schools and libraries throughout Vancouver. Intended to spark an interest in stories and reading, the program features excerpts of books and illustrations on lamp posts across the city for all to enjoy. This is the final year of our project and we are delighted to announce the finalists:

Kah-Lan : the adventurous Sea Otter
Written by Karen Autio
Illustrated by Sheena Lott
Sono Nis Press

Underneath the sidewalk
Written by Claire Eamer
Illustrated by Thomas Gibault
North Winds Press (Scholastic)

Waiting for Sophie
Written by Sarah Ellis
Illustrated by Carmen Mok
Pajama Press

Magical Animal Journey Adoption Agency : Clover’s luck
Written by Kallie George
Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

Mae and the moon
Written and illustrated by Jami Gigot
Ripple Grove Press

Bear’s winter party
Written by Deborah Hodge
Illustrated by Lisa Cinar
Groundwood Books

West Coast Wild : a nature alphabet
Written by Deborah Hodge
Illustrated by Karen Reczuch
Groundwood Books

Once upon a bathtime
Written by Vi Hughes
Illustrated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin
Tradewind Books

Le camion  21
Written by Nancy Hundal
Illustrated by Brian Deines
Presses de Bras- d’Apic

The Klondike Cat
Written by Julie Lawson
Illustrated by Paul Mombourquette
Kids Can Press

Noah and Great Bear : an adventure in the Yukon
Written by Danielle S. Marcotte
Illustrated by Francesca Da Sacco
Vidacom Publications

Kung Pow Chicken : Let’s get cracking!
Written Cyndi Marko

Big Blue forever
Written by Anita Miettunen
Red Deer Press

Stepping stones: a refugee family’s journey
Written by Margriet Ruurs
Illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr
Orca Books

Dipnetting with Dad
Written by Willie Sellars
Illustrated by Kevin Easthope
Caitlin Press

The most magnificent thing
Written and illustrated by Ashley Spires
Kids Can Press

Different? Same!
Written by Heather Tekavec
Illustrated by Pippa Curnick
Kids Can Press

The duck says
Written by Troy Wilson
Illustrated by Mike Boldt
North Winds Press (Scholastic)

Liam takes a stand
Written by Troy Wilson
Illustrated by Josh Holinaty
Owlkids Books

If I had a gryphon
Written by Vikki VanSickle
Illustrated by Cale Atkinson
Tundra Books

Congratulations to our finalists and to the BC writers and illustrators whose books will be featured on Vancouver city lamp posts in the Reading Lights project in early 2018.

— Gillian Guilmant-Smith

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