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Anniversary of the Salk Vaccine

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It was 62 years ago today - March 26, 1953 - that Dr. Jonas Salk, an American medical researcher and virologist, announced on national radio that he had successfully tested a vaccine that could prevent polio, a crippling disease that attacks the central nervous system, and can result in paralysis. The vaccine became known as the Salk vaccine. A number of Canadian children's books featuring characters with polio have been published over the years. Commemorate this anniversary in your classroom or library with Canadian children's books.

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Call for Submissions: IBBY Canada’s Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program

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IBBY Canada invites submissions from Canadian children’s book illustrators for the 2015 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. The program provides a jury-selected illustrator with a month-long residency, hosted by the Toronto Public Library. Submissions will be evaluated by a jury of experts in children’s books and illustration. The submission deadline is Thursday, April 30, 2015.

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Erin Spring receives IBBY Canada’s Russell Grant

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IBBY Canada (the Canadian national section of the International Board on Books for Young People) has announced that the Frances E. Russell Grant recipient is Erin Spring, from the Institute of Child and Youth Studies at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta.