I hope you had a great summer! With fall fast approaching I
want to update you on what is happening for the Victoria Children’s Literature
I have news that affects our fall programming. Many of you
will have heard of the flood at the Saanich Centennial Branch, where we hold
our meetings, and its subsequent closure. We have a program planned, which will
go ahead but in a different location. Due to the uncertainty of when the branch
will re-open we will only do the one program this fall.
We have an exciting evening planned for Wednesday,
November 20, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. It will be held at the
Central Branch, 735 Broughton Street. This program is free and is
open to the public as well as Roundtable members and supporters.
Join Linda Bailey to learn
about her award-winning career as a children’s author. Linda will focus on her
newest children’s non-fiction book about Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein.
partnership with Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable.
Due to the temporary closure of the Saanich Centennial
Branch this program has been relocated to the Central Branch. 735 Broughton St.
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3H2 Canada
Date/Time: November 20
Time: - 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
For more information, please contact:
2019 Information Book Award Shortlist
members of the Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable (VCLR) will be
submitting our votes for the 2019 Information Book Award via email.
familiarize yourself with the eight titles below. Click on the cover or title
for a link to the GVPL catalogue for further information and availability.
(*Cover images and abstracts are from GVPL records*)
deadline: October 31, 2019
announcement: November 16, 2019
of award: January 29, 2020
published in 2018 and listed alphabetically)
By Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Published by Tundra Books
to the life and career of Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli.
Illustrations by Julia Sarda
Published by Tundra Books
A riveting and
atmospheric picture book about the young woman who wrote one of the greatest
horror novels ever written and one of the first works of science fiction, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein is an
exploration of the process of artistic inspiration that will galvanize readers
and writers of all ages.
Illustrated by Drew Shannon
Published by Kids Can Press
As the Earth's climate continues to warm,
the permafrost melts, glaciers are receding and ice patches are shrinking. It
is a unique time on our planet, one that has resulted in a treasury of preserved
organic material (e.g., caribou droppings and human and animal remains) and
inorganic artifacts (e.g., tools and clothing) is being revealed by the big
melt, providing us with entirely new information about how people and animals
lived up to several thousand years ago. But it's a race against time for
archaeologists because as soon as the objects begin to thaw, they also begin to
Ausma Zehanat Khan
Published by Orca Book Publishers
Throughout the month of Ramadan, Muslims
fast during the day and break the fast together as a family each night. Ramadan
provides the opportunity to focus on positive thoughts and actions. It is a
time to become more grateful for the blessings people often take for granted and
be reminded of the importance of helping others.
Van Ho and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Published by Pajama Press
During the aftermath of the Vietnam War,
Van wakes up one morning to find that her mother, her sisters Loan and Lan, and
her brother Tuan are gone. They have escaped the new communist regime that has
taken over Ho Chi Minh City for freedom in the West. Four-year-old Van is too
young--and her grandmother is too old--for such a dangerous journey by boat, so
the two have been left behind.
Published by Groundwood Books
Presents the history of the house sparrow,
from its beginnings in the Middle East to its spread with the growth of
agriculture around the world, and discusses its population decline in recent
Kids Can Press
When Anna Swan came into the world, people
chattered. They whispered over tea and gossiped across fences. Because even
when she was small, Anna was ... tall. By the time she was four, she'd risen
higher than a rain barrel. At six, she was taller than her mother. By ten, she
towered over her father. And still she grew, always feeling she did not fit
into her world. But Anna had dreams that matched her height -- she imagined a
life of travel and adventure. At seventeen, she moved to New York City to join
P.T. Barnum's Gallery of Wonders. And it was there that Anna's world began to
Etta Kaner and Carl Wiens
Kids Can Press
Many architects today are looking to plants
and animals to help solve their design challenges. Inspired by how nature
already works, these architects are coming up with innovative ways to cool
buildings, withstand earthquakes and save energy. In Wild Buildings and
Bridges, bestselling author Etta Kaner explores these wild and wonderful feats
of architecture. Kids will discover buildings and bridges inspired by cactuses,
beetles, termite towers, trees, grass - and more!
Information Book Award Jury:
Cribdon, Vicki Donoghue, Sarah Fast, Lauren Hathaway, Meghan Ross, Natalie
Schembri, Lonestar Stone, Fiona Trotter, and Michelle Yule.