May 2013 Events

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

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Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival~ ongoing until May 4, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

afccSKETCH: Illustrate your interpretation of what One Big Story means in the context of children’s literary content ~ submissions accepted until May 13

6th Nami Island International Children’s Book Festival~ ongoing until May 31, Nami Island, Korea

Mitali Perkins’ Fire Escape Writing Contest~ submissions accepted until June 1, Canada and USA

Children’s Books Ireland Poetry Tree Exhibition~ ongoing until June 8, Dublin, Ireland

Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos Populares Art Exhibition at the Carle Museum~ ongoing until June 9, Amherst, MA, USA

Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards Celebrating Multicultural Awareness, International Understanding and Nature Appreciation~ submissions accepted until June 25, USA

Carle Museum Exhibition: The Caldecott Medal: 75 Years of Distinguished Illustration~ ongoing until June 30, Amherst, MA, USA

Write Up a Storm: Foyle Young Poets Competition~ submissions accepted until July 31

The Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA)~ submissions accepted until Oct 21

National Share-a-Story Month~ United Kingdom

Get Caught Reading Month~ USA

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month~ USA

Asian Heritage Month~ Canada

BOOKtopia, the West Vancouver Children’s Literature Festival~ West Vancouver, BC, Canada

Paula Yoo’s Annual NaPiBoWriWee (National Picture Book Writing Week)~ May 1 – 7

Linda Sue Park to Give the 31st Annual Zena Sutherland Lecture~ May 3, Chicago, IL, USA

27th Annual Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival~ May 4, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Hudson Children’s Book Festival  May 4, Hudson, NY, USA

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature Presents — Children’s Literature: Braving Our Endangered World~ May 4, New York, NY, USA

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week~ May 4 – 11, Canada

REFORMA 9th Annual Mini Conference~ Libraries Break Barriers: How Libraries and Librarianship Opens Doors~ May 10, New York, NY, USA

Stories Under the Banyan Tree: In Celebration of South Asian Month with Karma author Cathy Ostlere~ May 11, Toronto, ON, Canada

Children’s Literature Council of Southern California Spring Workshop~ May 11, Pasadena, CA, USA

Children’s Book Week~ May 11 – 18, Malaysia

The Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala (hosted by author Lisa Yee)~ May 13, New York, NY, USA

Children’s Book Week~ May 13 – 19, USA

Auckland Writers and Readers Festival~ May 15 – 19, Auckland, New Zealand

Children’s Book Ireland’s Annual Conference~ May 18 – 19, Dublin, Ireland

Get Drawn In! A celebration of European Picture Book Makers~ May 20 – 26, Dublin, Ireland

Sydney Writers’ Festival (Kids’ Program)~ May 20 – 26, Sydney, Australia

Library and Information Week~ May 20 – 26, Australia

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Week Celebrations~ May 20 – 27, Stockholm, Sweden

UNESCO World Day for Cultural Diversity, for Dialogue and Development~ May 21

Asia and Oceania Regional IBBY Congress~ May 23 – 26, Bali, Indonesia

The Guardian Hay Festival: A Festival for Tots, Teens and In-Betweens~ May 23 – June 2, United Kingdom

paw_sm_MCAsian Festival of Children’s Content~ May 25 – 30, Singapore

Three Special BEA Events for Children’s Booksellers~ May 29 – 31, New York, NY, USA

Children’s Literature: A Coming of Age~ May 30 – 31, Manila, Philippines

The Literature Centre (formerly Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre) Exhibits and Programs~ Fremantle, Australia

Dromkeen National Centre for Picture Book Art Exhibits~ Riddells Creek, Australia

Books Illustrated Events and Exhibitions~ Middle Park, Australia

International Youth Library Exhibits~ Munich, Germany

Tulika Book Events~ India

International Library of Children’s Literature Events~ Tokyo, Japan

Newcastle University Programme of Talks on Children’s Books for 2011-2012~ Newcastle, United Kingdom

Seven Stories (the National Home of Children’s Books in Britain) Events~ Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Discover Children’s Story Centre~ London, United Kingdom

Arne Nixon Center’s Children’s Literature Book Clubs for Adults Events~ USA

Events Sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress~ USA

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art~ Amherst, MA, USA

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Exhibits~ Abilene, TX, USA

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Events

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Book Week Writing Contest for Kids & Teens

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Holly Kent, Sales and Marketing Manager at The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, recently emailed and asked if we could share with our readers about a great contest open to young writers in grades 4 to 12: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s annual Book Week Writing Contest for Kids & Teens. This national contest is a much anticipated part of TD Canadian Children’s Book Week and the deadline for entries is fast approaching.

Young Canadian writers are invited to send in a sample of their best writing (stories and/or poems, fiction or non-fiction) not to exceed 1,500 words.  Judging is done by noted writers from across Canada and the winner from each grade will receive a $250 gift certificate for the bookstore of his or her choice. Two honourable mentions from each grade category will also receive $50 gift certificates.

All entries must be postmarked by February 1, 2013. The winners will be announced during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week May 4 – 11, 2013.

Contest details and entry forms can be found here.

To learn more about The Canadian Children’s Book Centre and the wonderful work they do, be sure to read Holly’s Guest Blogger posts that she wrote for us in August 2012.

PaperTigers’ Global Voices: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (Part 2)

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s TD Grade One Book Giveaway Program~ by Holly Kent, Sales and Marketing Manager, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

(Part 2 of 3. Read Part 1 “The Canadian Children’s Book Centre Presents TD Canadian Children’s Book Week” here)

The largest print run in Canada isn’t a holiday bestseller, winner of the prestigious Giller prize, or even the newest Robert Munsch book. It’s a paperback re-issue of a Canadian children’s picture book, a different title each year, and it’s given to every Grade One student in Canada by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. The TD Grade One Book Giveaway distributes over 500,000 books, in English and French, to students across the country. Due to a new promotion by TD Bank Group, the title sponsor that fully funds the program, 700,000 copies will be printed this year and an additional 200,000 will be distributed in bank branches across the country.

Sometimes this book ends up being the first book a child has ever owned. That’s why it’s such an important program. Studies show that the mere presence of books in the home gives children an enormous advantage in school.

This fall, Grade One children nation-wide will take home I’ve Lost My Cat, written and illustrated by Philippe Béha, and published by Éditions Imagine. This book was originally published in French as J’ai perdu mon chat and will be distributed in its original language to French language schools.

It’s the charming story of a young boy who loses his cat – he’s round, he’s cute, he’s yellow, black and white, and his name is Greyling. The boy’s friends all try to find Greyling and they bring the young boy all sorts animals that somewhat match the description of his cat. They bring him a leopard, a pig and an elephant… but none of them are Greyling.

An important component of the TD Grade One Book Giveaway is a national tour. Philippe Béha will be traveling across Canada this fall to speak to students and celebrate the distribution I’ve Lost My Cat.

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.

Our programs, such as TD Canadian Children’s Book Week and the TD Grade One Book Giveaway, are designed to introduce young Canadian readers not only to the books all around them, but to the authors and illustrators that create them. Our quarterly magazine Canadian Children’s Book News and the annual Best Books for Kids & Teens selection guide are designed to help parents, librarians and educators discover the world of Canadian books and to help them to select the best reading material for young readers.

We are thrilled to have  The Canadian Children’s Book Centre join us as PaperTigers’ Global Voices Guest Blogger for the month of August. Part 1 of the series “The Canadian Children’s Book Centre Presents TD Canadian Children’s Book Week” was posted here. Part 3 will be posted on August 22nd.

PaperTigers’ Global Voices: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre Presents: TD Canadian Children’s Book Week ~ by Holly Kent, Sales and Marketing Manager, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre runs several programs that promote the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of quality Canadian children’s books in Canada. TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is one of our most ambitious programs, and the results are overwhelming.

Each year, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre sends dozens of authors, illustrators, and storytellers on a whirlwind of tours in every Canadian province. The first Book Week took place in 1977. Eleven authors set out on the first Children’s Book Festival tour sponsored by the one-year-old Children’s Book Centre. Today, close to 35,000 children, teens and adults participate in activities held in every province and territory across the country. In 2012, 29 touring creators gave 396 readings in schools, public libraries, bookstores and community centres host events as part of this major literary festival.

The best thing, in my opinion, about TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is that so many communities who wouldn’t normally be included in an author tour are able host readings and presentations. Aside from the fact that authors are touring less and less, Canada is big – really big. Travel to less populated cities and towns can be prohibitively expensive. TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is sometimes a child’s first encounter with an author, and often their first experience getting excited about reading.

Willow Dawson, an author/illustrator from Ontario read at Eliot River Elementary School in Cornwall, PEI during TD Book Week 2012: “After the session, a bunch of kids stayed behind for autographs. Thankfully, I didn’t have to rush off to the next event so there was a little time to draw each of them a small picture. The next day I received a really beautiful email from a mother thanking me for inspiring her son to read for the first time in his life. He was one of the kids who stayed after for a picture! Her message really made me choke up.”

Each year, TD Book Week celebrates a specific theme for which books are chosen and classroom materials are created. The 2012 theme was Read a Book, Share a Story, selected in part to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lillian H. Smith becoming the first trained children’s librarian in Canada, and in the British Empire. The twenty-nine authors, illustrators, and storytellers who toured Canada were the very embodiment of this theme.

The 2013 TD Canadian Children’s Book will be held May 4 – 11 and we are excited to announce the authors, illustrators and storytellers who will be touring. Visit the TD Book Week site in September to find out what province/territory each of these creators will be touring and the types of readings and workshops they will be giving. Schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres interested in hosting a Book Week visitor can apply online starting mid-September. For more information, please contact Shannon Howe Barnes, Program Coordinator shannon(at)bookcentre(dot)ca

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.

Our programs, such as TD Canadian Children’s Book Week and the TD Grade One Book Giveaway, are designed to introduce young Canadian readers not only to the books all around them, but to the authors and illustrators that create them. Our quarterly magazine Canadian Children’s Book News and the annual Best Books for Kids & Teens selection guide are designed to help parents, librarians and educators discover the world of Canadian books and to help them to select the best reading material for young readers.

We are thrilled to have  The Canadian Children’s Book Centre join us as PaperTigers’ Global Voices Guest Blogger for the month of August. Part 2 of the series will be posted here on the blog on August 15th and Part 3 on August 22nd.

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week~ May 5 – 12

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Here in Canada we are currently in the midst of celebrating TD Canadian Children’s Book Week: the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading! During the week close to 35,000 children, teens and adults are participating in activities held in every province and territory across the country. The theme for TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2012 is Read a Book, Share a Story and celebrates the importance of sharing stories. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Lillian H. Smith becoming the first trained children’s librarian in the British Empire and this year’s book week theme focuses on the important role that librarians play in sharing books and creating lifelong readers (download the theme guide here). The 2012 Book Week posted (image on left) was created by illustrator Janice Nadeau.

During TD Canadian Children’s Book Week twenty-nine English-speaking and five Francophone authors, illustrators and storytellers are visiting schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres in every province and territory across the country. In addition to the tour participants’ websites and blogs be sure to check out the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Facebook page to see the latest news, press clippings and pictures from the tour.

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is organized by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, in partnership with the Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada, and is made possible through the generous support of sponsors and funders.

May 2012 Events

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

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Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival~ ongoing until May 2, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

International Reading Association 57th Annual Conference~ ongoing until May 2, Chicago, IL, USA

Picture This: 90 Years of Storybook Art~ ongoing until May 6, Wenham, MA, USA

PEN World Voices Festival (Children’s Program)~ ongoing until May 6, New York, NY, USA

Buenos Aires Book Fair~ ongoing until May 12, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1st Annual (MACLI) Exhibit of Contemporary Art in Children’s Literature / Mostra de Arte Contemporânea em Literatura Infantil~ ongoing until May 27, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Art, Children’s Literature, and the Environment: Art and Photography from Green Earth Book Awards~ ongoing until June 10, Salisbury, MD, USA

Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award 2013~ submissions accepted until Dec 31, 2012, United Kingdom

2012 South Asia Book Award~ submissions accepted until Dec 31

SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013~ submissions accepted until Dec 31, 1012, Singapore

 

 

National Share-a-Story Month~ United Kingdom

Get Caught Reading Month~ USA

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month~ USA

Asian Heritage Month~ Canada

National Year of Reading~ Australia

Global Literature: Educating the Head While Touching the Heart With Author Mitali Perkins~ May 1, Chicago, IL, USA

Paula Yoo’s Annual NaPiBoWriWee (National Picture Book Writing Week)~ May 1 – 7

TD National Reading Summit III – A Reading Canada – Building A Plan~ May 2 – 24, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Follow the Reader~ May 4, Brisbane, Australia

1st Klasrum Adarna House ECE Conference~ May 4 – 5, Quezon City, Philippines

Booktopia: West Vancouver’s Children’s Literary Festival~ May 4 – 12, West Vancouver, BC, Canada

Reading into Teens: an Introspective Exhibit~ May 4 – 31, West Vancouver, BC, Canada

WestCwic: Western Canada Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference~ May 5, Burnaby, BC, Canada

26th Annual Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival~ May 5, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

An Afternoon with Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Author of Under the Mesquite~ May 5, Dallas, TX, USA

Watoto Reading Day! For Our Young Stars!~ May 5, Detroit, MI, USA

Hudson Children’s Book Festival featuring USA National Ambassador of Reading Walter Dean Myers~ May 5, Hudson, NY, USA

The Children’s Literary Salon Presents: Books for Children Around the World – A Global Conversation~ May 5, New York, NY, USA

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week~ May 5 – 12, Canada

Books For Kids “Read Every Day at Scholastic” Family Event!~ May 6, New York, NY, USA

Children’s Book Week~ May 7 – 13, USA

New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Festival and Tour~ May 7 – 16, New Zealand

Caldecott Uncovered: What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About the Caldecott Medal~ May 8, USA

Auckland Writers and Readers Festival~ May 9 – 13, Auckland, New Zealand

LitWorld.org Gala 2012~ May 10, New York, NY, USA

From the Garden to the Trenches: Childhood, Culture and the First World War~ May 10 – 12, Niagara and Toronto, ON, Canada

The 2nd Biennial NCRCL Conference: Children’s Literature and the Inner World~ May 12, London, United Kingdom

Children’s Book Week~ May 12 – 19, Bangsar, Malaysia

1st Global Conference Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative~ May 13 – 15, Prague, Czech Republic

Sydney Writers’ Festival~ May 14 – 25, Sydney, Australia

The Asia House Festival of Asian Literature~ May 15 – 30, London, United Kingdom

2012 CBI Conference: Weaving a Shared Story~ May 19 – 20, Dublin, Ireland

Children’s Book Festival~ May 20, La Mesa, CA, USA

Mountain Echoes – A Literary Festival~ May 20 – 24, Thimphu, Bhutan

Library and Information Week~ May 20 – 26, Australia

UNESCO World Day for Cultural Diversity, for Dialogue and Development~ May 21

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Week Celebrations~ May 22 – 28, Stockholm, Sweden

National Simultaneous Storytime: The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland~ May 23, Australia

Family Reading Evening at Joy Kogawa House~ May 24, Vancouver, BC, Canada

American Literature Association 23rd Annual Conference~ May 24 – 27, San Francisco, CA, USA

Awâsis 2012 Aboriginal Education Conference~ May 25 – 27, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

World Book Fair~ May 25 – June 7, Singapore

2012 Asian Festival of Children’s Content~ May 26 – 29, Singapore

2012 CBI Children’s Book of the Year Awards Announced~ May 28, Ireland

Presentation of the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award to Mr. Guus Kuijer~ May 28, Stockholm, Sweden

Children’s Publishing Conference 2012: What Makes a Children’s Book Great?~ May 31, New York, NY, USA

The Guardian Hay Festival: A Festival for Tots, Teens and In-Betweens~ May 31 – June 10, United Kingdom

Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre Exhibits and Programs~ Fremantle, Australia

Dromkeen National Centre for Picture Book Art Exhibits~ Riddells Creek, Australia

Books Illustrated Events and Exhibitions~ Middle Park, Australia

International Library of Children’s Literature Events~ Tokyo, Japan

International Youth Library Exhibits~ Munich, Germany

Newcastle University Programme of Talks on Children’s Books for 2011-2012~ Newcastle, United Kingdom

Seven Stories (the National Home of Children’s Books in Britain) Events~ Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Discover Children’s Story Centre~ London, United Kingdom

Arne Nixon Center’s Children’s Literature Book Clubs for Adults Events~ USA

Events Sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress~ USA

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art~ Amherst, MA, USA

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Exhibits~ Abilene, TX, USA

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Events