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John Martz is the 2015 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence

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IBBY Canada has announced that John Martz has been selected for the 2015 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program, at Northern District Branch of Toronto Public Library. During his residency in the month of October, John Martz will present art activities for classes of children visiting the library, lead evening workshops in the library for adults and teens, visit high schools and colleges to talk to students in art programs, and offer portfolio reviews.


First Nation Communities Read 2015-2016 Winner Announced


First Nation Communities Read (FNCR) and Periodical Marketers of Canada (PMC) have announced jointly that Peace Pipe Dreams: The Truth about Lies about Indians, by Darrell Dennis and published by Douglas & McIntyre, is the selected title of FNCR 2015-2016 and the recipient of this year’s PMC $5000 Aboriginal Literature Award.


IBBY Canada’s Aubry Award presented to Judith Saltman and Jacques Payette

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IBBY Canada, the Canadian national section of the International Board on Books for Young People, has announced that the Claude Aubry Award for distinguished service in the field of children’s literature will be presented to Judith Saltman and Jacques Payette. Both winners will receive their awards in conjunction with a special event for children's literature in the coming year.


The Swallow wins 2015 IODE Violet Downey Book Award

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Charis Cotter, author of The Swallow: A Ghost Story, has been awarded The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award for 2015. The $5,000 prize was presented at the time of the 115th National Annual Meeting of IODE Canada on May 29, 2015. The Swallow: A Ghost Story, published by Tundra Books, is suitable for children ages nine to 12.

This spooky gothic novel, set in Cabbagetown, Toronto, in 1963, is partially based on the author’s childhood experiences living behind the Necropolis Cemetery. Rose and Polly are two young girls, who upon their first meeting, each believe the other to be a ghost. The two girls of very different life circumstances and personalities become fast friends once they manage to convince each other they are alive.


First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children's Books and Other Resources

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With the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s summary of its report into residential schools being released this week, the Canadian Children's Book Centre would like to highlight some of our free resources for teachers, librarians and parents who would like to share First Nations, Métis and Inuit voices, culture and history with children.