October 30, 2022

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It: How 25 inspiring individuals found their dream jobs

Written by Colleen Nelson and Kathie MacIsaac
Illustrated by Scot Ritchie
Pajama Press
978-1-77278-228-8
64 pp.
Ages 8-12
October 2022 
 
Although I could see teachers using If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It as a nifty catalogue of possible careers, this non-fiction book is more inspiration, depicting those who have dreamed big and followed those dreams to success.
From If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It by Colleen Nelson and Kathie MacIsaac, illus. by Scot Ritchie
Authors Colleen Nelson and Kathie MacIsaac have highlighted 26 individuals who have followed their dreams and achieved their dream jobs. From author to chief medical officer and smokejumper to play-by-play commentator, a wide variety of jobs in the creative arts, sports, trades, sciences, education, tech and more are covered. For each individual (and one pair) showcased, the authors have included a bio, a list of spin-off jobs, and young people inspired to follow a similar path.
From If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It by Colleen Nelson and Kathie MacIsaac, illus. by Scot Ritchie
Some of the individuals highlighted will be recognizable, such as author David A. Robertson (Sugar Falls, On the Trapline, When We Were Alone), Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Medical Officer, and Stephanie Harvey, pro gamer missharvey while others do their jobs with passion but without celebrity. Learning how they achieved their dream jobs, often through hard work, relevant education or experience, and perseverance, and how young people can try things to see if it's a path they'd like to follow are all included in each double-spread exposé. 
From If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It by Colleen Nelson and Kathie MacIsaac, illus. by Scot Ritchie
The completeness of this collection will be a worthwhile reference for career counsellors and kids thinking about where their passions may lead them, but it's also just a well-organized collective biography that informs and celebrates. From info boxes and a glossary, as well as a listing of types of skills needed as a foundation for those jobs, Colleen Nelson and Kathie MacIsaac cover all the bases in a comprehensive and captivating format. And with Scot Ritchie's playful cartoons reflecting the diversity and abundance of people and jobs showcased, If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It becomes less instructive and more colourful.
 
With a little bit of everything and everyone, Colleen Nelson and Kathie MacIsaac, with Scot Ritchie's illustrative additions, take us into the studios, schools, labs, and outdoors to meet the doers who endeavoured to find their dream jobs and now enrich our world in countless ways.
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If you're fortunate to be in Winnipeg or thereabouts this week, Colleen Nelson and Kathie MacIsaac will be launching their new book on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 7 PM at McNally Robinson Booksellers, in Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg, MB. It will also be  Streaming on YouTube, if you can't attend in person. Full details here.

October 27, 2022

I Read Canadian Day: November 2

Get ready!  

It's less than a week away until Wednesday, November 2 when we'll be commemorating the wealth of books for young readers by Canadian authors and illustrators on our I Read Canadian Day. Now's the time to get on board and CanLit for LittleCanadians would like to encourage everyone–schools, libraries, day cares, community groups and families– to join the rest of Canada in reading, being read to, or listening to a Canadian book for 15 minutes on that day. To that end, here's where to get free resources, sign up for free author and illustrator presentations, and become part of a national reading party like no other!

 

DETAILS

Date:  Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Sign up to be countedGoogle form here

What you have to do that dayRead, be read to, or listen to a Canadian book for 15 minutes

Free Resources (Scavenger Hunt, Book Hunt, Bingo Challenge, bookmarks, posters, PowerPoint presentation, etc.): Go to https://ireadcanadian.com/day/

Free Virtual Presentations
    For Kindergarten to Gr. 4 (Hosted by Mireille Messier and Wali Shah and featuring, among others, Sigmund Brouwer, Monique Gray Smith, Michael Martchenko, Ruth Ohi, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, and  Barbara Reid)
                    11 AM – 12 PM EST 
                    Register for the live streamed event here

    For Gr. 5 to Gr. 10 (Hosted by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Angela Misri and featuring, among others, Melanie Florence, Kenneth Oppel, David A. Robertson, and Teresa Toten)
                    1 PM – 2 PM EST 
                    Register for the live streamed event here
 
Social Media: Tag #IReadCanadian in your posts and reposts

 

Partners in this endeavour include the Ontario Library Association and the Forest of Reading, the Canadian Children's Book Centre, Canadian School Libraries, and CANSCAIP.


October 26, 2022

2022 Le Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse: Finalists announced

On September 29, the English-language awards of the Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) were announced, and today, the CCBC and Communication-Jeunesse (CJ) announced the finalists for the 2022 Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse. The winning title, which will be announced on November 15, 2022, will receive $50,000.
 
 

Dans mon garde-robe
Written by Aimée Verret
Groupe d’édition la courte échelle 
 

Les devoirs d’Edmond
Written by Hugo Léger
Illustrated by Julie Rocheleau
Éditions Les 400 coups
 

La fin des poux?
Written and illustrated by Orbie
Éditions Les 400 coups
 

La guerre des bébés
Written by Carole Tremblay
Illustrated by Élodie Duhameau
Groupe d’édition la courte échelle
 

Papier bulle
Written by Simon Boulerice
Illustrated by Eve Patenaude
Éditions XYZ




Félicitations et Bonne chance à tous!

October 25, 2022

Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of): Q & A with author-illustrator Kathleen Gros

Today is the release of Kathleen Gros's new graphic novel Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of).  Yesterday I reviewed this new book and today I am pleased to present this interview with author-illustrator Kathleen Gros.

Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of)
Written and illustrated by Kathleen Gros
Quill Tree Books (HarperCollins)
978-0-06-305766-1
304 pp.
Ages 8-13
Released October 25, 2022

 
Helen Kubiw:  As Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of) is a modernized graphic novel of a Canadian classic, you would have had to make many decisions about which elements to keep and modernize (e. g., Gilbert pulling on Anne's braid) and which to eliminate? How did you make those decisions?
 
Kathleen Gros:  Choosing what to keep and what to cut is the hardest part of making a graphic novel adaptation. Comics is a very different medium than prose. One page of a prose novel can turn into upwards of 5 pages of comics, depending on how the cartoonist handles it. So, of course, when looking at adapting a novel there’s a lot that has to be cut out.
 
The way I approach making a modernized adaptation is to start by making a lot of lists. I make lists of what I think the overarching themes for the story are, the themes of the relationships between characters, as well as the key scenes that stick in my memory after I close the book. Having a strong idea of what I feel the themes of the original narrative are helps guide me as I muddle my way through deciding which scenes to keep and transform, and which scenes to omit.
 
One of the big themes in the original work is the idea of a somewhat insular community. In the novel, that’s the rural town of Avonlea. I wanted to reflect on what community means to me in the 21st century. I’ve lived all of my adult life in apartments, which are their own unique kind of community, so it felt natural to turn the town of Avonlea into an apartment building! While some readers might wonder about this decision, I tried to give a few nods to L. M. Montgomery by using imagery from my own childhood in Toronto to inspire the setting of Anne. The original book is set in Prince Edward Island, but Montgomery actually spent a significant amount of her life in Ontario and Toronto!
 
One of my favourite parts of the original novel is when Anne starts a story club with her peers. I feel like this part of her story doesn’t get enough love! In my adaptation, I expanded this part of the narrative and gave it a bit of an update. My love of comics and creative writing was, in part, fostered by a teacher I had in high school who ran our school’s zine club (thank you Ms. Kim). Around the time that the original novel was written, people were really into the art of collage. Montgomery, herself, even kept collaged scrap books! Having Anne join a zine club felt like a way to give a wink to that history, while also incorporating my own connection to the original work. Anne’s storyteller side and creativity was something that really resonated with me as a kid.


 
HK:  Though you've included all the key characters from the original Anne of Green Gables–Anne, Diana, Marilla, Matthew, Gilbert, Josie, Ruby, Mrs. Lynde–they are similar and yet different. For example, though Marilla was initially reluctant to take on Anne, unlike Matthew, she actually comes around far more quickly to supporting the girl in your book than originally. Why did you do this?
 
Kathleen Gros:  This kind of comes down to the economy of storytelling necessary for a graphic novel. The original book spans years of Anne’s life, while my adaptation is translated into just a few months. My favourite parts of Marilla and Anne’s relationship come once Marilla has softened a bit. So I chose to kind of expedite the whole process in this new version.


 
HK:  Some fans of the original story may not appreciate a retelling, sort of, in a contemporary setting and with similarly-named characters with different characterizations. How would you address their need to leave the original unaltered?
 
Kathleen Gros:  I don’t think I’m ever going to manage to persuade a fan like that! And that’s okay. My feelings about adaptations is that they’re a way to continue a conversation about a work. To me, an adaptation is a way to examine the work, the cultural values around the work, the themes of the work, and find ways to respond to and reflect on those things. If that’s not how someone enjoys engaging with media, that’s okay. The original work still exists, and they can reread it forever. But I would say: I think you’ll have fun with my adaptation if you decide to give it a try.


 
HK:  What was the toughest decision you had to make about your adaptation?
 
Kathleen Gros:  The toughest decisions were all the stuff I had to cut out! I wish I had about 100 more pages to be able to fit in a chapter about Marilla’s amethyst brooch and the Raspberry Cordial Incident—but there just wasn’t space. I hope readers will forgive me for those omissions and enjoy the other elements I expanded on.


 
HK:  You've changed a key relationship from friendship to a romantic one. Was this a key premise upon which you based your adaptation or is it something that evolved as you wrote the story?
 
Kathleen Gros:  A big commonality shared by many of my friends who are queer women is that when they first read about Anne and Diana’s friendship, they felt their childhood crushes reflected back at them. Rereading the book as an adult, it’s so easy to see that connection. Anne and Diana profess their love for each other over and over again. They exchange locks of their hair. Anne is inconsolable when she accidentally imagines Diana marrying a man. I really wanted to honour the experiences of my friends with this adaptation. I think a couple of them would have been livid if I hadn’t approached the work through a queer lens. I’m joking, but I do want to acknowledge that it’s a huge privilege to get to queer classic works the way I have been able to. In classic literature, queer people mostly exist in subtext. There are people today (in both Canada and the US) who wish that they wouldn’t enter the text at all. It’s a very special thing to be entrusted with bringing that queerness into the actual text.


 
HK:  Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of) is your second retelling, having previously written Jo: An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort Of). Do you have any plans for reimagining other classic tales as contemporary graphic novels? (Please, please, please do Pride & Prejudice!)
 
Kathleen Gros:  Ha ha I’m open to doing another contemporary retelling! Little Women and Anne of Green Gables are two books I absolutely adored growing up—and I want to make sure that if I do another retelling that it’s coming from a similar place of admiration and celebration. It would be nice to round out the (Sort Of) adaptations with a third book, don’t you think? Three books is always a satisfying number.
 
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Many thanks to Kathleen Gros
for answering my probing questions
 
and to Shayla Leung, Publicist
at HarperCollins Canada, for facilitating this interview.

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October 24, 2022

Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of)

Written and illustrated by Kathleen Gros
Quill Tree Books (HarperCollins)
978-0-06-305766-1
304 pp.
Ages 8-13
October 2022
 
This is not L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. Sure there is an Anne, a Marilla, a Matthew, Diana and Gilbert. But this is a new Anne, a contemporary one, and one with her own story. And, it's a story that might resonate a little more with young readers today.
From Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of) by Kathleen Gros
When Matthew Cuthbert comes by the case worker's office to pick up their foster child, he's surprised to meet twelve-year-old Anne Shirley, a child much older than the one he and his sister Marilla had intended to foster. Although Anne, a consummate writer and doodler, sees herself as "in between being an outsider and belonging" (pg. 2), she's delighted to go to the Avon-Lea, the apartment building where Matthew is a handyman. Marilla, an accountant, may want child services to look into the placement–a server crash may have caused the mismatch–and appear cool towards Anne but she generously buys her a sketchbook and takes her shopping for clothes.

Matthew and Marilla introduce her to a number of the residents of the Avon-Lea, including Mr. Barry, Marilla's boss, who lives with his wife and daughters Diana and Minnie in the penthouse, and Rachel Lynde, a woman who comments on Anne's red hair and gets an earful from the girl. Diana and Anne become fast friends, hanging out in the nearby ravine, before the beginning of their Grade 7 year at Carmody Middle School.
From Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of) by Kathleen Gros
At school, she meets Ruby and Josie but also Gilbert who teases her relentlessly, even getting her in trouble. It's only when she makes it clear to him that as a foster kid being labelled as a troublemaker could get her moved, that he takes responsibility. Still school is also where she joins the Carmody Zine Club, an extracurricular that gives her an venue for her creativity.
From Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of) by Kathleen Gros
Of course, this is an adaptation of Anne of Green Gables so we know that there have to be a number of unfortunate events, though these definitely have a contemporary feel. There is the hair-dying incident, a visit to a fancy restaurant with Diana's Great Aunt Josephine, a misunderstanding about being asked to the dance, and a dare. And there's an unexpected and heartwarming crush between two friends.
Maybe life is just a cycle of forgiving and accepting forgiveness–if we let ourselves listen and change. (pg. 262)
It's tough to write an adaptation that is fresh and unparalleled by staying somewhat true to the original but Kathleen Gros has done it. Just as she did with Jo: An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort Of) (2020), Kathleen Gros has updated the story of Anne Shirley, keeping the essence of the characters and their relationships and key events, but taking them all into a contemporary setting which might be more familiar to young people. As beloved as Anne of Green Gables is globally, most young readers today would not be familiar with the clothes, classroom or domestic activities of that book. However, they will recognize classroom practices of whiteboards and computers, living in apartment buildings, and introducing themselves with their pronouns. Moreover, by enveloping that modern story in a graphic novel format, Kathleen Gros has introduced a new generation of readers to Anne, including those who would never have picked up the classic story of the red-haired orphan who goes to live at Green Gables. Today's young readers will appreciate a story of getting in trouble at school when being teased or bullied, hiding their feelings, and trying to fit in. But beyond that, Kathleen Gros gives us wisdom and reassurance that there are people that will steer them right and support them in their struggles. 

Fans of Anne of Green Gables will love this new story and new format while revisiting a favourite character and recalling the events that made Anne so memorable. But those unfamiliar with the classic story will still love meeting Anne and her new family and friends and cheer her on as she makes a new life, perhaps with a few missteps along the way. It's Anne 2.0 in all her colours.

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Check back tomorrow, the official release date for Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of), for my interview with author-illustrator Kathleen Gros.
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October 22, 2022

The Brass Charm


Written by Monique Polak
Illustrated by Marie Lafrance
North Winds Press (Scholastic Canada)
978-1-4431-5758-2
32 pp.
Ages 5-9
September 2022
 
Everyone has troubles in their lives sometime. Some are horrific and life-changing, some are temporal but seem overwhelming.  Most of us cannot see past our own issues when we're immersed in them. It's that bubble of now. It is probably especially the case for young children many of whom, thankfully, have not had to endure great hardships. So, when the roof of their home is destroyed in a storm, Tali is devastated.
From The Brass Charm by Monique Polak, illus. by Marie Lafrance
As the family heads to stay with Oma while repairs may be undertaken, Tali's mother reminds her that "People survive worse" and to "Think of Oma." Tali knows her grandmother survived World War II but she never talks about it. Still Tali is "too sad to think of anyone" but herself, even when she meets a little neighbour girl who obviously craves some company. That is, until her Oma shows her a tiny brass charm of a monkey man and shares a memory of her own hardship.

From The Brass Charm by Monique Polak, illus. by Marie Lafrance
Telling her story in the third person, Oma tells of a girl forced to leave home and sent to a prison called Terezin. The people kept there were worked tirelessly and fed very little and on the day of her birthday, the child was overcome with how her life had changed for the worse. A woman, hearing her cry, bestows upon her a small brass charm of a monkey man that a stranger gave her when her own life had seemed stormy. Now Oma remembers that lady whose own life had been difficult and could still find "it in her heart to be kind to a stranger."
 
In a message of paying it forward, Monique Polak has Tali sharing the story of the brass charm with Elodie, the little neighbour girl, bolstering them both through their challenges.
From The Brass Charm by Monique Polak, illus. by Marie Lafrance
In a story within a story, Montreal author Monique Polak is actually telling her mother's own history of surviving Terezin as a child and receiving the charm. Because of Terezin's history and its common role as a transit camp for those moved onto other concentration camps, as Monique Polak's Afterword details, the woman who shared that charm was never seen again. Yet the kindness she extended in such trying circumstances, just as Tali's Oma did for her grandchild, speak to a strength of character beyond the typical. It speaks to empathy and compassion and feeling beyond self. And for Tali to listen and learn and then apply that lesson to another makes that small brass charm a greater gift than any gold or diamond trinket could replace.
From The Brass Charm by Monique Polak, illus. by Marie Lafrance
There is a lesson from history here with Tali's Oma remembering Terezin and an experience from World War II. But it is in the context of connecting with others and a grandmother-granddaughter relationship. Not surprising that, even with a story that includes both historical and contemporary scenes, Marie Lafrance whose artwork was rendered with graphite on paper before digitally coloured and texturized via collage, is able to meld the two time periods by focusing on the child in each. It's Tali's experience and then her oma's when she was a child. It is from their perspective: what they see, what they feel, how they respond. So when the two come together in the present, as elderly woman and young child, they are feeling and understanding as the same. And Marie Lafrance gives the two similarities in their physical appearances, with the golden curls of their hair and delicate chins and ears, and makes it clear they are related. But she also gives a softness to a hard story, a story of destruction and hatred, loss and generosity. By keeping the dark grey tones for the camp and the storm and using soft colours of blues and rose and such for everything else, Marie Lafrance emphasizes the tenderness of being there for others, not the damage of the negative.

I can't think of a gentler way to introduce children to the Holocaust and Nazi concentration camps than a reading and discussion of The Brass Charm, though its story is far greater than those historic concepts. Read for a memorial day such as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27) but also for lessons about empathy and the goodness of paying it forward. The best acts of kindness do not require recompense or recognition. They come from making someone's life a little easier, whether during storms, times of trouble or now.

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Author Monique Polak will be launching her new book on November 20, 2022 at 2 PM at the Gelber Conference Centre, Musée de l'Holocauste Montréal / Montreal Holocaust Museum. Reserve your free tickets at Eventbrite here

October 19, 2022

Beautiful You, Beautiful Me

Written by Tasha Spillett-Sumner
Illustrated by Salini Perera
Owlkids Books
978-1-77147-452-8
32 pp.
Ages 3-7
October 2022
 
Izzy adores her mother. Whether they are swimming or reading, braiding hair or dancing, she feels safe with Mama. But then one day, Izzy notices that her skin colour is different from that of her mother.
From Beautiful You, Beautiful Me by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, illus. by Salini Perera
"Mama!" exclaimed Izzy. "We don't match!
You're sand, and I'm chocolate."
And with that Izzy starts to see how she isn't the same as her beloved mother. She notices that her curly hair jumps out from her braids whereas her mother's smooth hair lays beautifully down her back.
From Beautiful You, Beautiful Me by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, illus. by Salini Perera
You're part of me, 
and I'm part of you.

I'm beautiful like me,
and you're beautiful like you.
And though her mother tries to reassure her with loving comfort and words, it's not until they see ducklings and kittens and baby birds that differ from their parents but are still protected and loved that Izzy gets it. Belonging doesn't come from sameness.
From Beautiful You, Beautiful Me by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, illus. by Salini Perera
There are many books about kids noticing their differences but most of those stories are about young people trying to fit in with their peers. Beautiful You, Beautiful Me is a unique perspective as a very young child recognizes how different they are from their primary caregiver, a mother who is everything to them. She's not picking up on it within the context of a large family with both parents, multiple siblings or grandparents, or even within a school setting with other children. She is noticing those differences one on one without any comparison. Just as it's irrelevant whether mother and daughter are different because of parentage or adoption, Izzy's mother's only response is that they are both beautiful people as they are and that the love is steadfast. Whether Tasha Spillett-Sumner, born of Cree and Trinidadian heritage, wrote this story for her younger self, or for her own daughter, Beautiful You, Beautiful Me is a celebration of family: sometimes different, sometimes the same, always loved.

Toronto illustrator Salini Perera makes special distinction of Izzy and her mother's differences, just as the little girl does. Their beautiful hair is distinctive in their textures and behaviour and their skin tones contrast when hands lay upon hands and they give tight hugs. Moreover, Salini Perera goes beyond their physical natures and shows an emotional context as well. Little Izzy's confusion is palpable as she observes her mother, but just as obvious is her attachment to her Mama as they connect in common tasks and togetherness. The art is fresh and bright, just as their relationship is.

Tasha Spillett-Sumner and Salini Perera have given us a mother-daughter relationship that is both conventional and exceptional, highlighting everything that makes it work. An appreciation of the differences while emphasizing the love is what makes this kinship flourish, just as it should.


For educators who'd like to use Beautiful You, Beautiful Me for teaching, Owlkids Books has a free discussion guide available at https://owlkidsbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/BYBM-DISCUSSION-GUIDE-FINAL.pdf

October 17, 2022

Santa ABC

 
Written and illustrated by George Fewster
Collins
978-1-443466059
26 pp.
Ages 3-7
October 2022 

Santa definitely has an important job but is that all that he's about? Does he do any other jobs? What does he feel?  In this playful board book, George Fewster takes children–though older readers will enjoy it just as much–through the ABCs of Santa in all his forms.
From Santa ABC by George Fewster
From an astronaut and barista, to Viking and zombie, George Fewster shows us a multitude of active and feeling Santas. Santa may be wearing an ninja outfit or dancing to disco or experiencing ennui and hanger–hunger and anger–but Santa is always still Santa, adorned in red with candy cane-striped props and spreading his "Ho Ho Ho" greeting.
From Santa ABC by George Fewster
Author-illustrator George Fewster takes Santa into the 21st century, engaging in contemporary activities and interests that many children will recognize, even if it's only through their families or teachers. And while they'll be learning the alphabet, the objective of this kind of concept book, they'll learn a few words and definitely smile at this talented Christmas character.
From Santa ABC by George Fewster
They'll especially smile at George Fewster's illustrations. His bold colours and clean lines will be much appreciated by young readers. Because of the unmistakable depictions–except for Ennui Santa–Santa ABC can become a guessing game, as well as an alphabet activity, a visual literacy lesson and more. Perhaps that's why, though Santa ABC is a concept book in board book format aimed at our youngest readers, it will be just as entertaining for older children. If you're a parent of a young child or a Kindergarten teacher or ECE, Santa ABC will definitely meet its goal of playful learning of the alphabet, especially with a favourite theme of Christmas and Santa. (George Fewster has a colouring page and word search based on the book at https://www.georgefewster.com/morestuff.) But, teachers of older students could benefit from using Santa ABC as a template for fun alphabet activities, with students creating their own alphabet books based on Santa or other characters, especially when challenged with coming up with a theme such as feelings, or sports, or history. The possibilities are endless, as George Fewster has demonstrated.
From Santa ABC by George Fewster
Whether your children are learning the alphabet or would love a lively romp through a menagerie of whimsical Santas, George Fewster's debut picture book will be a fun lead-in into the holiday season and lesson launcher for all.

October 15, 2022

2023 Forest of Reading® nominees: Le Prix Peuplier, Le Prix Mélèze, Le Prix Tamarac

This is the final listing of nominees for the 2023 Forest of Reading® book award programs of the Ontario Library Association.
 
Listed below are the nominees for the French-language reading programs:
  • Le Prix Peuplier: French-language picture books, less text, simpler subject matters, perfect for read-alouds
  • Le Prix Mélèze: shorter French-language chapter books with maximum 100 pages or more mature picture books, larger text with pictures, simpler vocabulary and verb tenses
  • Le Prix Tamarac:  French-language chapter books from 100 to 250 pages, smaller text with little or no illustrations, more complicated verb tenses and vocabulary
Links for the other six reading programs follow.




LE PRIX PEUPLIER


Les amis

Écrit par Paule Brière 
Illustré par Amélie Montplaisir
Édition de l’Isatis
 

Ceci n’est pas un livre sur les dinosaures

Écrit par Mélina Schoenborn 
Illustré par Felipe Arriagada-Nunez
La courte échelle
 

Le croco qui vit chez papi

Écrit et illustré par Élodie Duhameau
Éditions Les 400 coups
 

Drôles de zèbres

Écrit par Mathilde Perrault-Archambault 
Illustré par Catherin
Bayard Canada
 

Un hérisson dans le bedon

Écrit et illustré par Justine Laberge-Vaugeois
Édito
 

Je déteste les moustiques, mais…

Écrit par Mireille Messier 
Illustré par Catherine Petit
Éditions de l’Isatis


Mon chagrin à moi

Écrit par Mylen Vigneault 
Illustré par Maud Roegiers
Alice Éditons


Pareil… ou presque

Écrit par Marie-Claude Audet 
Illustré par Maïlys Garcia
Québec Amérique


Tommy Tempête

Écrit par Audrey Long 
Illustré par Jean-Luc Trudel
Bouton d’or Acadie


Tout le monde

Écrit et illustré par Élise Gravel
Scholastic




 
 
 



LE PRIX MÉLÈZE


Aube du monde des rêves: Le réacteur onirique (1)

Écrit par Patrick Blanchette
Presses Aventure


Balto

Écrit par Carole Moore 
Illustré par Camille Lavoie
Soulières Éditeur


Le chapeau de fruits

Écrit par Amélie Stardust
Québec Amérique


La chose dans l’étang

Écrit par Carole Tremblay 
Illustré par Aurélie Grand
La courte échelle


L’enfant qui jouait du piano dans sa tête

Écrit par Andrée-Anne Gratton 
Illustré par Isabelle Malenfant
Les Éditions de la Bagnole


La guerre des pupitres

Écrit par Marie-Andrée Arsenault
Québec Amérique


La ligue des (pas si) champions: Basile (1)

Écrit par Jocelyn Boisvert
Les éditions les Malins


L’Ouragan et moi

Écrit par Marie-Pierre Gazaille 
Illustré par Marie-Ève Turgeon
Québec Amérique


Les petits animaux d’ici

Écrit par Karine Morneau
Illustré par Valérie Desrochers
Éditions MD
 

Une visite guidée du système solaire

Écrit par Pierre Chastenay 
Illustré par Thom 
La courte echelle
 









LE PRIX TAMARAC
 


Ania: La montagne d’ébène (1)

Écrit par Sarah Degonse 
Illustré par Julie Rocheleau
Éditions Fides


Brûlé: Premier degré

Écrit par Isabelle Roy
Hurtubise


Carnet de bord d’un (aspirant) chef de meute

Écrit par Simon Lafrance
Les éditions les Malins 


Les carnets de novembre

Écrit par Marie-Hélène Jarry 
Illustré par Ayumi Harada
La courte échelle


Chroniques Post-Apocalyptiques d’un garçon perdu

Écrit par Annie Bacon
Bayard Canada


L’escouade du bonheur

Écrit par Dïana Bélice 
Illustré par Niti Marcelle Mueth
Dominique et compagnie


Quincaillerie Miville

Écrit par Alexandre Côté-Fournier 
Illustré par Geneviève Bigué
La courte échelle


Le septième étage et demi

Écrit par Suzanne Aubry 
Illustré par Delphie Côté-Lacroix
Québec Amérique



Seuls

Écrit par Paul Tom 
Illustré par Mélanie Baillairgé
La courte echelle

 
 
 
 
 
 
La voix de la nature
Écrit par Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay
Héritage Jeunesse






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