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 Victoria Children's Literature Roundtable

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Canadian Children's Book Week Presents Author Jean E. Pendziwol, Saturday, May 8, 2021, 11:00 am PDT

We hope you’re enjoying this lovely weather! We are pleased to present a Zoom presentation on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm to celebrate Canadian Children’s Book Week. Once again there will be no charge for this presentation. We hope the Saturday morning time works for you; it will make it easier for our author, Jean Pendziwol, who lives in Ontario.

Please register for the meeting as soon as possible by clicking on the link below.


May 8, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Canadian Children's Book Centre Book Week presents Author Jean E. Pendziwol - Hosted by the Victoria Children's Literature Roundtable

Jean E. Pendziwol is an award-winning Canadian author of books for children and adults who grew up on the shores of Lake Superior in northwestern Ontario. Her inspiration comes from the beautiful natural environment that surrounds her. Jean began her career with the bestselling safety books that feature a dragon, and since then has published the picture books The Red Sash, Marja’s Skis, Once Upon a Northern Night, I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree for children and the novel The Lightkeeper’s Daughters for adults. Jean will share her love of writing for children in this one hour long zoom session.


Visit the GVPL catalogue to place a hold on her titles or support your local bookstore at by purchasing a copy.


Register in advance for this Zoom meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any questions about the Zoom link please email:


We hope to see you on Saturday,


Steering Committee:

Andrea Brimmell, Co-Chair (

Vruti Patel, Co-Chair and Publicity

Thea Wilson-Scorgie, Co-Chair and Tech Support

Wendy Eckardt, Book Draws

Dayle Sutherland, Author Liaison

Carla Evans, Membership and Treasurer

Lynn-Dell Goorichurn, Bookseller, Schoolhouse Teaching Supplies and Books

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Writing for Children with Author Heather Smith

Writing for Children with Author Heather Smith 
Wednesday, May 20th at 5:00 pm PST 

RSVP to our Zoom meeting here:
Registration ends on May 18th (instructions to join the meeting will follow)

Whether it’s for a picture book for small children or a novel for teens, Heather Smith will discuss the creative process – from that first spark of inspiration to the finished manuscript.
Tips on how to use less-is-more storytelling to create quiet, yet powerful stories will also be shared.
Originally from Newfoundland, Heather now lives in Waterloo, Ontario. She’s written several books for young people including middle-grade novels and picture books. Heather's Newfoundland roots inspire much of her writing. 

If you have any questions, please email Andrea Brimmell

Friday, October 18, 2019

Information Book Award Shortlist and Author Linda Bailey: Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

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 Roundtable.

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.


Presented in partnership with Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable.
Registration begins September 3.  
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

Cost: Free

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Brimmell

Cell: 250-858-3694

2019 Information Book Award Shortlist

This year, members of the Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable (VCLR) will be submitting our votes for the 2019 Information Book Award via email
Please 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*)

Important dates to remember:
Voting deadline: October 31, 2019
Winner announcement: November 16, 2019
Presentation of award: January 29, 2020

(titles published in 2018 and listed alphabetically)

By Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Published by Tundra Books

An introduction to the life and career of Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli.

By Linda Bailey
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.

By Claire Eamer
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 disintegrate.

By 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.

By 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. 

  By Jan Thornhill
 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 years.

By Anne Renaud
Illustrated by Marie Lafrance
Published by 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 grow...

By Etta Kaner and Carl Wiens
Published by 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!

Email voting submissions to:

2019 Information Book Award Jury:
Brooklyn Cribdon, Vicki Donoghue, Sarah Fast, Lauren Hathaway, Meghan Ross, Natalie Schembri, Lonestar Stone, Fiona Trotter, and Michelle Yule.
Chair: Danielle Wing