Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). The colloquium is sponsored by the UBC Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program, a multidisciplinary degree Program offered by the Creative Writing Program, the English Department, and the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies in the Faculty of Arts; and the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education. Kit Pearson is the author of over thirteen books for children, including middle grade novels in all genres, short stories, picture books, and non-fiction. Her books have been published in Canada in English and French, in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, France, China, and Korea. Her books have been awarded such honours as the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature. She has received seventeen awards for her writing, including the B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in 2014.

Kit was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1947 and grew up there and in Vancouver, B.C. She received her B.A. from the University of Alberta, her M.L.S. from U.B.C.’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, and her M.A. from the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in Boston. She worked for ten years as a children’s librarian in Ontario and B.C., and is now a full-time writer living in Victoria. For more information see www.kitpearson.com

The Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable is pleased to announce that Molly Idle and Kelli Chipponeri will be speaking at Edgy, Erie, Exceptional Serendipity 2015.


Come to Serendipity 2015 and find out first-hand what is involved in creating these stunning works of art (and literature) for children with special guests Molly Idle and Kelli Chipponeri.

Molly Idle is the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, including the Caldecott Honor winning Flora and the Flamingo (2013) and its equally enchanting companion Flora and the Penguin (2014). She also illustrated the delightfully unnerving Zombelina (2013), written by Kristyn Crow, and wrote and illustrated the whimsical Tea Rex: A Young Person’s Guide to Tea Party Etiquette (2013).

We are also delighted to introduce Kelli Chipponeri, Editorial Director, Children’s, at Chronicle Books, who has worked with Molly on a number of projects. Kelli previously worked at Running Press and in 2010 moved to Chronicle books as their Executive Editor. Her knowledge and expertise on the subject of picture book publishing is phenomenal.

Bring your questions and be prepared to get inside information on the children’s picture book publishing experience from this dynamic duo. Intrigued? Then be sure to register for Serendipity 2015 while the early bird rates are still in effect!

Edgy, Eerie, Exceptional Serendipity takes place March 7, 2015 at UBC.

In their recent history of Canadian children’s illustrated books, Gail Edwards and Judith Saltman observe that “the children’s literature of a nation is a microcosm of that country’s literary and sociocultural values, beliefs, themes, and images, including those of geography, history, and identity.” This lecture explores the importance of regional Atlantic Canadian children’s literature and the development of Sea Stacks, an authoritative web-based resource featuring information on and about Atlantic Canadian books, authors and illustrators for children and youth.  Sea Stacks includes comprehensive annotated bibliographies of primary texts, author and illustrator profiles, videotaped interviews, analysis, and criticism.  This presentation illustrates the use of Sea Stacks for research and concludes with a discussion of the relevance of Ian McKay’s provocative 1994 text The Quest for the Folk: Antimodernism and Cultural Selection in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia to an analysis of contemporary Nova Scotian picture books.  This talk is hosted by the iSchool at the University of British Columbia.


Vivian Howard is associate professor in the School of Information Management and Associate Dean Academic of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. Her research interests include barriers and motivators for pleasure reading, particularly for young readers; social reading initiatives; and Atlantic Canadian literature for children and teens. She is the editor of the YA Hotline newsletter and is the principal investigator of a research team developing the Sea Stacks website.


JumpersThere is an interesting blog in The Guardian by Award winning author Oliver Jeffers and how much he was influenced by Maurice Sendak.

“There is a reason the character of the Boy in my first picture books wears a red and white stripy jumper, and that reason is Maurice Sendak. Or, more specifically, that reason is an homage to my favorite monster in Sendak’s most famous picture book, Where the Wild Things Are.”

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Books as bridges : using text to connect home and school learning / Jane Baskwill

Based on research that shows that parents play a vital role in raising a reader, Books as Bridges offers an effective and efficient way to use touchstone texts, including children’s picture books, to help create a common reading experience for the class that can be extended to the home. This practical book introduces four guiding principles—predictable structures, non­fiction, comprehension, and imagination and language play—describing each principle in terms of a series of strategies, which are highlighted by their use with specific touchstone books, and supported by lists of related books to consider. (via Google Books)

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