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Winter 2016, Vol. 35, No. 4
ISSN 1704-6033
Letter from the Editor

This winter has seen a few initiatives from IBBY Canada that have made me so proud to be a part of the organization. To help welcome the 25,000 Syrian refugees who are arriving in Canada, we will be donating copies of the picture book Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith (Groundwood Books, 2015). You can read more about this initiative in this issue of the newsletter.

The IBBY Silent Books Exhibit continues to tour Canada and has wrapped up its dates at the Halifax Public Library and is now at the Winnipeg Public Library until March 12. In the Regional Report East, councillor Jane Baskwill reports on the success of the exhibit in Halifax. The exhibit will be in Hamilton from March 21 to April 14.

As well, we’ve got news on our Annual Meeting of Members, the Cleaver Award shortlist, a Q&A with author Deborah Hodge, the announcement of the Canadian titles selected for the 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Books List, and more!

Read on!

– Katie Scott, Newsletter Editor

President’s Report 
A new year and a new beginning! IBBY Canada has begun planning for the coming year.
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Regional Report East
The IBBY Silent Books Exhibit arrived in Halifax just before Christmas.
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Cleaver Shortlist Announced
The Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award jury is pleased to announce the shortlist for 2015. This year was a banner year for picture books, and the list suggests the breadth and depth of the stories, themes, and media to be found in the picture books.
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2016 USBBY Outstanding International Books List
USBBY has announced their selection for the 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Books List.
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CANSCAIP Spotlight: Deborah Hodge
Award-winning author Deborah Hodge has written more than 25 non-fiction books for children.
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A Gift of Welcome: Picture Books for Syrian Refugee Families
In early 2016, Canada will be welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees. The Department of Canadian Heritage put out a request to publishers last fall, seeking book donations for the welcome packages being assembled for these newcomers. IBBY Canada answered the call.
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