TD Summer Reading Club Artist Posting

The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, all interests, and all abilities. This free program is co-created and delivered by over 2,200 public libraries across Canada. Developed by Toronto Public Library, in partnership with Library and Archives Canada and generously sponsored by TD Bank Group, the Club celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories and is designed to inspire kids to explore the fun of reading their way – the key to building a lifelong love of reading.  Toronto Public Library directs the creative aspects of the program and develops the materials with our program partners and committees.   

We’re currently looking for an artist for the 2023 TD Summer Reading Club.   Previous illustrators include Slavka Kolesar, Dušan Petričić, Matt James, John Martz, Josée Bisaillon, Virginie Egger, Anne Villeneuve, Clayton Hanmer, Dave Whamond and Rob Justus.   

The theme for 2023 is Check This Out!   

The position posting with all relevant details is linked here: https://tinyurl.com/2s3zf2v5  

We are sending this invitation to artists, organizations and publishers across Canada. If you know of qualified candidates within Canada who may be interested in applying, please share this opportunity with them.  

Applications must be submitted by 9:00 a.m. onMonday, August 1st, 2022.  

Sincerely, Sam Dizon 

TD Summer Reading Club    


Le Club de lecture d’été TD est le plus important programme de lecture d’été bilingue au Canada. Il s’adresse aux enfants de tout âge, quels que soient leurs goûts et leurs aptitudes. Tout en faisant connaître des œuvres, des auteurs et des illustrateurs canadiens, il invite les enfants à lire à leur rythme pour qu’ils aiment la lecture toute leur vie.  

Créé et offert par plus de 2 200 bibliothèques publiques canadiennes, ce programme national bilingue est dirigé par la Bibliothèque publique de Toronto en partenariat avec Bibliothèque et Archives Canada. Le soutien financier est généreusement assuré par le Groupe Banque TD.   

La Bibliothèque publique de Toronto supervise le volet créatif du Club et en élabore la documentation, en collaboration avec ses partenaires et divers comités. Nous sommes présentement à la recherche d’un illustrateur ou d’une illustratrice pour le Club de lecture d’été TD 2023.  Parmi les illustrateurs des années précédentes, citons Slavka Kolesar, Dušan Petričić, Matt James, John Martz, Josée Bisaillon, Virginie Egger, Anne Villeneuve, Clayton Hanmer, Dave Whamond et Rob Justus.   

Le thème du Club de lecture d’été TD de 2023 est Viens voir ça!  Les renseignements détaillés concernant le poste d’illustrateur sont liés ici : https://tinyurl.com/pze34328.

L’invitation est envoyée à divers illustrateurs, organismes et éditeurs du pays.   

La date limite pour soumettre votre candidature est le 1 août 2022 à 9 h.  

Bien à vous, 

Sam Dizon TD Summer Reading Club  

Des questions? Communiquez avec : 

Lianne Fortin 
lianne.fortin@canada.ca 
613-552-3568 

Margie Wolfe Appointed to Order of Canada

OTTAWA, Ontario —Today, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, announced 85 new appointments to the Order of Canada and 4 promotions within the Order.

The new appointees include 1 Companion (C.C.), 13 Officers (O.C.) and 71 Members (C.M.). As well, 3 individuals were promoted from Officer to Companion, and 1 Member was promoted to Officer.

Margie Wolfe (Toronto, Ontario) was appointed a member of the Order of Canada for her dedication as a leading publisher, feminist and social justice advocate in Canada’s literary industry who champions inclusive and diverse publications.

Margie Wolfe has worked in feminist book publishing for forty years. She has written Women’s Studies guides and co-edited several book collections including Still Ain’t Satisfied: Canadian Feminism Today, No Safe Place: Violence Against Women and Children, Found Treasures: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers, and From Memory to Transformation: Jewish Women’s Voices. She co-wrote the children’s picture book The Promise, which tells the story of her mother and aunt’s survival in Auschwitz during the Holocaust, with her cousin Pnina Bat Zvi. She and three other women founded Second Story Feminist Press in 1988.

The list of appointees, with short citations, can be found here.

They will be presented with their insignia at future investiture ceremonies (dates to be determined).

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, to honour people whose service shapes our society, whose innovations ignite our imaginations, and whose compassion unites our communities. 

Quote 

“The Order of Canada celebrates the lives, endeavours and successes of people from coast to coast to coast and from all walks of life. Those being appointed today come from a variety of sectors, have achieved national and international success, and have shown ingenuity, innovation and generosity. What’s more, they have made a difference in their communities and for Canada with their outstanding dedication and commitment. Congratulations to the new Order of Canada appointees, as well as those celebrating a promotion within the Order.”

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada

Save the Date: The 2022 CCBC Book Awards

Save the date for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s 2022 CCBC Book Awards! This year’s English-language awards ceremony will take place on September 29, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Tickets will go on sale in September. 

Hiring: Marketing and Communications Coordinator 

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is seeking a passionate and dedicated individual to become part of the team as the full time Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Marketing and Communications Coordinator is responsible for developing, establishing and maintaining marketing strategies to meet the Canadian Children’s Book Centre objectives through effective coordination of the marketing, advertising and promotional activities of the organization. This is a hybrid position with a minimum of two days a week in office.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not- for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers.

At the heart of our work at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre is our love for the books that get published in Canada each year, and our commitment to raising awareness of the quality and variety of Canadian books for young readers.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and implement marketing plans (both traditional and online) and enhancements for new and existing products and services. 
  • Maintain and develop engaging content for the CCBC’s social media accounts 
  • Responsible for the maintenance of CCBC websites and for the enhancement of the CCBC’s online marketing presence (educator newsletter, CCBC Events page, social media accounts).
  • Develop content and design of house ads for CCBC publications
  • Representing CCBC both online, via our social media accounts, and in person at conferences and events.
  • Keeping current with new developments in web technology and online marketing/sales opportunities.
  • Working with webmaster on maintenance and development of website, and assisting with website upgrades as necessary.
  • Assisting authors and illustrators with their online promotion efforts via the CCBC’s Author, Illustrator and Storyteller Directory (to be launched in late 2022)
  • Writing and distributing press releases, as well as writing content for CCBC website.
  • Liaising with media and advertising contacts, as well as exploring new advertising venues.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Demonstrated skill in communicating clearly and concisely in written and verbal form.
  • Exceptional writing and copyediting skills to prepare in-house publications, reports, applications, press releases and other marketing material.
  • Able to work closely with others internally and externally in a highly collaborative and member service-oriented manner.
  • Positive, resourceful, and organized personality with exceptional people skills.
  • Able to remain composed and focused while juggling multiple priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Flexible and innovative to respond to changing needs.
  • Self-directed with the ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Good problem-solving, decision making and critical thinking skills. 
  • Demonstrated skill in contributing effort and ideas that assist the CCBC in accomplishing its goals and objectives.
  • Excellent relationship building skills with the ability to liaise with authors, illustrators, booksellers, publishers, teachers, librarians, the public and CCBC members and sponsors at CCBC events and conferences.
  • Tact and diplomacy as appropriate to public relations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum two years’ experience in marketing and website management, preferably in book publishing.
  • Experience developing and maintaining traditional and digital marketing strategies to meet organizational objectives.
  • Demonstrated expertise with Apple hardware and software
  • Experience in website maintenance and content management.
  • Knowledge of basic website languages and tools (HTML, CSS and WordPress).
  • Knowledge of social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, YouTube, LinkedIn, Hootsuite
  • Experience with any or all of the following: Canva, Photoshop, InDesign
  • French proficiency would be an asset. 

APPLICATION

Candidates are invited to apply electronically by submitting a cover letter and resume in Word or PDF format to info@bookcentre.ca  no later than 5:00 pm on July 22, 2022.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviewees should prepare a portfolio of design work in advance. In accordance with the PIPEDA personal information will be used strictly for candidate selection.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity and accessibility within the workplace. Accommodations will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required. Applicants are asked to make their needs known in advance. Any information relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidential

Compensation:

Annual Salary Range: $46,838 – $54,785 with a competitive benefits package.

Conference Registration – Because It Lasts: Time and Space in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture – June 17th-19th, 2022

The 2022 conference, Because It Lasts: Time and Space in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture, will be held at UBC Vancouver campus (BUCH D218 & 219) from June 17th-19th this summer.

See the full conference program here.

The conference committee is aware that neither world-wide travel nor gathering in large groups is likely to be safe and/or accessible during the ongoing pandemic, thus, this year’s conference will adopt a hybrid model, with both in person and virtual venues. While the conference will still primarily be held in person at UBC campus, it will also be accessible to the public via Zoom. To attend the conference either in person or via Zoom, please register on Eventbrite (please copy and paste this link https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/347479489507 if the hyperlink doesn’t direct you to the page), and select ticket(s) according to your preferred attendance mode. Virtual attendees will receive Zoom links prior to the conference via email. 

Conference highlights:

· 42 academic & creative presentations by graduate students, writers, professionals all over the world on “time and space” in children’s literature

· 2 keynotes by renowned children’s literature scholar and author

· 3-day immersive experience in the world of children’s and young adult literature, media and culture

· 4 social events to connect with peers and professors

· 200 free swag bags for grab (good quality tote bag, pen and notebook with conference logo for in person attendees only) 

Afraid of a 3-day commitment? Just drop by any of the panel(s) or social event(s) that interest you.  Attached is the conference program.

For more information, please visit the conference website https://blogs.ubc.ca/timespace2022/ and follow us on Twitter @MACLconference. We look forward to seeing you (either in person or virtually) at the conference. 

Cheers,

Best wishes,
Yi Luo
Co-Chair

| 2022 UBC Graduate Student Research Conference on Children’s Literature Committee
https://blogs.ubc.ca/timespace2022/
Follow us on Twitter @MACLconference

Announcing the 2022 Winner of the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is pleased to announce the winner of the 2022 R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature, part of the 2022 Alberta Literary Awards. This year’s award winners were announced at and in-person gala in Edmonton on June 11th. The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize will be presented at The Calgary Awards on June 15th.

This celebration marks the 40th anniversary of the Alberta Literary Awards and brought together writers from across Alberta.The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. 

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada, and was formed in 1980 to provide a meeting ground and collective voice for the writers of the province. Our mission is to inspire, connect, support, encourage, and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers.

For more information, please contact the Writers’ Guild of Alberta by email at mail@writersguild.ca, or visit writersguild.ca.

Our juries deliberated on more than 300 submissions to select winners. Finalists represent excellence in literary work written by Alberta authors and published or created in 2020-21. 

The 2022 Alberta Literary Awards Winners

R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature
(Sponsored by the Under the Arch Youth Foundation at The Calgary Foundation)

  • Lorna Schultz Nicholson (Edmonton) – When You Least Expect ItRed Deer Press

The 2022 Alberta Literary Award Sponsors and Supporters  
The Writers’ Guild of Alberta gratefully acknowledges the supporters and sponsors of our 2022 Alberta Literary Awards:
Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society
Stephan V. Benediktson
Vivian Hansen 
The Haynes Family – In Memory of Dr. Sterling Haynes
Marilyn and Bob Stallworthy
Under the Arch Youth Foundation (at The Calgary Foundation)

Staffing Announcement: Carol-Ann Hoyte joins the CCBC as Program and Events Coordinator

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is excited to announce some changes to the team. Our Program and Events Coordinator, Amanda Halfpenny’s last day with the CCBC was June 10, 2022. Amanda has done a wonderful job over the last two years coordinating all our events. We wish her the very best in her new leadership role in the public library!

We are thrilled to share that Carol-Ann Hoyte will be joining the Centre’s team as the new Program and Events Coordinator. Carol-Ann brings several years of experience as a school librarian, bookseller and board member of Geordie Theatre and Poetry in Voice. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Concordia University and a Graduate Certificate in Book Publishing from the University of Denver.  She is also a graduate of John Abbott College’s Information and Library Technologies and is currently completing a Fundraising Management Certificate from Algonquin College. Carol-Ann’s experience also includes many years as the CCBC’s Book Week Coordinator for Quebec, a regular reviewer for Canadian Children’s Book News as well as a book award juror. Carol-Ann will begin with the CCBC on Monday, June 27, 2022. We are very pleased to have Carol-Ann join the team!

For more information, please contact:

Emma Hunter
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
emma@bookcentre.ca

A new author census continues the conversation on diversity in the publishing industry.

Who gets published in Canada?

A new author census continues the conversation on diversity in the publishing industry.

Representation, recognition, identity all factor in literary careers.

TORONTO, June 7, 2022 — The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) has released Diversity in Canadian Writing: A 2020-2021 Snapshot, a report with key findings from a community survey of nearly 600 literary authors in English Canada. Intended as a snapshot of the industry and the continuation of an important discussion, the report analyzes both demographic patterns and write-in responses on the state of diversity and equity in Canadian publishing from 2020–2021. TWUC thanks all publishers, industry organizations, and authors who contributed to the survey.

The report found that authors who identified as BIPOC, LGBTQ2+, and/or disabled reported they have encountered greater barriers in their careers than authors from dominant demographic groups, working harder than others to get the same treatment, being excluded from work or networking events, and losing out on opportunities to those less qualified. While BIPOC authors were found to have received proportionally greater recognition in award shortlists and literary festivals, they had lesser representation overall in titles published. Authors from non-dominant groups also reported fewer active years in the industry.

The report lays out seven key recommendations, such as ensuring greater diversity in publishing gatekeepers and decision makers, mandating diversity training for publishing house staff, and increasing support for small presses.

About The Writers’ Union of Canada

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is the national organization of professionally published writers. Over 2,600 members strong, TWUC advocates on behalf of writers’ collective interests, and delivers value to members through advocacy, community, and information. Learn more at writersunion.ca.

For additional information, contact:

Rhea Tregebov, Chair
The Writers’ Union of Canada
chair@writersunion.ca

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Volunteer: Treasurer (Board of Directors)

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is seeking a passionate and dedicated individual to serve on the Board of Directors.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not- for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers.

At the heart of our work at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre is our love for the books that get published in Canada each year, and our commitment to raising awareness of the quality and variety of Canadian books for young readers.

The Board is seeking an individual with an accounting designation in Canada to act as the Board’s Treasurer as a member of the CCBC’s Board of Directors.

Authority and Responsibility

The Board shall provide governance and oversight of the activities and affairs of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre as per the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. 

Qualifications

  • A strong belief and passion in and commitment to the mission and goals of the CCBC.
  • A background in accounting, and/or fundraising strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Able to commit to giving time and energy to the organization.
  • Previous governance experience preferred, but not necessary. 
  • As our ongoing mission to regional diversity, we encourage candidates from Northern Canada (Nunavut, Yukon, Northwest Territories)/Rural areas/Quebec/British Columbia areas.

Requirements

Every Director shall be an individual who is:

  • Eighteen (18) years of age,
  • a member or, within thirty (30) days of notice from the Board, becomes a member of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Term 

Directors shall be elected at an annual general meeting in accordance with the terms of the CCBC’s By-laws. Each Director shall be elected for an initial term of 3 years. Each Director is eligible for election for a further consecutive term of 3 years.

General Responsibilities

The Treasurer of the Board of Directors oversee matters of finance.

The Treasurer must:

1. Monitor budgets and recommend to the Board approval of budgets and quarterly financial statements,

2. Work with the Executive Director and the Auditors to prepare the annual financial statements for the Board’s approval and receipt of the CCBC membership

3. Provide ongoing financial policy and procedures advice to the Executive Director and Board.

4. Act as a co-signing authority when required. 

5. Participate on committees as necessary.

Time Commitment

  • Six to Eight Board Meetings annually,
  • There are no standing Committees; however, ad hoc Committees are established when required,
  • Travel is not required as most activities are done remotely.
  • 3-4 hours a month.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse, inclusive, and accessible environment that is reflective of our membership and communities.  We welcome applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds. Accommodations will be provided in all parts of the appointment process as required. Applicants are asked to make their needs known in advance. Any information relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

APPLICATION

Candidates are invited to apply electronically by submitting a cover letter and resume in Word or PDF format to rose@bookcentre.ca.

Open a Book, Open a World at the 14th Annual Telling Tales Festival 

HAMILTON, ON – May 30, 2021: This September, Telling Tales returns to a live and in-person festival with 2 fun-filled days of programming, 5 stages featuring your favourite authors, illustrators, and storytellers, and over 40 presenters representing the best in Canadian children’s literature and arts! 

After two years of staying home and experiencing stories virtually, we are excited to present an event that will allow festival goers to Open a Book, Open a World. Telling Tales is excited to launch its 2022–23 season to bring these stories to you in a new hybrid format. 

In addition to our in-person festival, we will continue to offer virtual programming with an all-star lineup of presenters sharing their stories and engaging audiences both near and far. Both Celebrating Graphics Novels and our Imagination Station series will feature virtual interactive presentations from an award-winning, diverse lineup, whose unique backgrounds and experiences reflect those of our audience. 

We are thrilled to announce the new home for the Telling Tales Festival is Hendrie Park at Royal Botanical Gardens. Enjoying stories in a beautiful natural setting has long been a part of the Telling Tales’ vision for promoting healthy family experiences, and creating meaningful connections with nature and literature. 

We can’t wait to see everyone again and connect in person,” says Susan Jasper, Telling Tales Executive Director. “What could be better than celebrating stories, nature and art together in an enchanting rose  garden?”

The season launches June 15 with Celebrating Graphic Novels. This event features two of Canada’s favourite graphic novelists, Johnnie Christmas and Mélanie Watt who will be joined by host Kevin Sylvester for a live and interactive virtual presentation.

The momentum continues with the Telling Tales Festival on September 24 & 25, headlined by Hamilton’s own international bestselling author and Governor General’s award winner, Lawrence Hill. Hill will be presenting his first ever novel for young people, Beatrice and Croc Harry. 

The festival boasts 5 stages with programming for everyone from tots to teens. 

Young readers will love Aimee Reid, Burlington Public Library Storytellers, Yolanda T. Marshall, Andrew Larsen, Andy G and Friends, Jael Richardson, Ruth Ohi, Nadia L. Hohn, Heather M. O’Connor, Erin Alladin, Lexy the Rap Dad, My Friend Christopher, Jon-Erik Lappano, Chad Solomon and Mireille Messier.

Middle School children can enjoy Lawrence Hill, Danielle Daniel, Kevin Sylvester, Hamilton Children’s Choir, Hamilton You Poets, Treasa Levasseur, Zetta Elliott, Megan Kearney, and Burlington Student Theatre.

Teens have a chance to get hands-on experiences with Salma Hussain, Sarena and Sasha Nanua,

and Deborah Falaye.

The season continues from October 2022 to March 2023, with Imagination Station, a series of livestreamed and pre-recorded presentations. Teachers across Canada can register their classrooms for interactive presentations from: Darcy Whitecrow, Kevin Sands, Jing Jing Tsong & Aimee Reid, Jodie Callaghan, Valerie Sherrard and Wesley King. Susan Aglukark and Charlene Chua will round out the season with lively pre-recorded performances premiering in early 2023.

Visit Tellingtales.org to view the full program lineup. Registration is now open for Celebrating Graphic Novels. Registration for all other events will open in August 2022.

Visit the Telling Tales website to see the 2022–23 Reading List and get a head start on your festival reading.

For story ideas, photos, presenter interviews or more information please contact: 

Linda Cvetanovic 

Telling Tales 

communications@tellingtales.org 

Media Kit

Telling Tales is a Canadian Registered Charity committed to delivering outstanding literary programming for children and youth that raises awareness of the importance of literacy in our communities. 

Full list of supporters.

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