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Spring 2016, Vol. 36, No. 1
ISSN 1704-6033
Letter from the Editor

Spring is the start of a new year at IBBY Canada, and this season has seen a number of changes that I’m excited to share with you!

A new slate of officers is now in place on the board of directors, a change that came into effect after our Annual Meeting of Members on February 27. Sheila Barry, publisher of Groundwood Books, has stepped into the role of President. As well, Mary Beth Leatherdale has taken on First Vice-President, and Rob Bittner has joined as Regional Councillor West. Welcome, all! From everyone at IBBY Canada, I’d like to thank Shannon Babcock for her leadership and guidance as President for the past two years and for her dedication to the organization. Shannon will remain on the board as Past President. Thank you also to Nafiza Azad, outgoing Regional Councillor West. You can view the full slate of new officers here on our website.

Another change we’re seeing this year is to the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. This fall, the program will move to Edmonton Public Library. We plan for the residency to return to Toronto Public Library every other year, and in alternate years to be hosted by a library system in another part of the country.

Here’s to a wonderful year ahead!

– Katie Scott, Newsletter Editor

President’s Report 

This is my first letter as the new President of IBBY Canada. I’m excited to be taking on the role of President, and I’m also very relieved that there is such a capable board and executive to keep me on the right track and to make sure that everything will run smoothly at IBBY Canada over the next year.

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Sidewalk Flowers Wins the 2015 Cleaver Award

IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that Sidewalk Flowers, illustrated by Sydney Smith and inspired by a story by JonArno Lawson (Groundwood Books, 2015), is the winner of the 2015 Cleaver Award.

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Regional Report Quebec

Congratulations to Maya Munro Byers, who has won the 2015 Judy Mappin Community Award. Maya is a former IBBY Canada board member and co-owner of Lives Babar Books in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.

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Winner Announcements at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Several major international children’s literature awards were announced at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
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Regional Report Ontario
Hamilton was the last stop in Canada for the IBBY Silent Books Exhibit, which featured 100 wordless picture books. 
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