Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award

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Established 1971, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award is awarded to an outstanding illustrator of a children's book published in Canada . The Award shall be bestowed upon books that are suitable for children up to and including age 12. 

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release date: Sep 11, 2012
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You Are Stardust
You Are Stardust begins by introducing the idea that every tiny atom in our bodies came from a star that exploded long before we were born. From its opening pages, the book suggests that we are intimately connected to the natural world; it compares the way we learn to speak to the way baby birds learn to sing, and the growth of human bodies to the growth of forests. Award-winning author Elin Kelsey — along with a number of concerned parents and educators around the world — believes children are losing touch with nature. This innovative picture book aims to reintroduce children to their innate relationship with the world around them by sharing many of the surprising ways that we are all connected to the natural world.

Grounded in current science, this extraordinary picture book provides opportunities for children to use their imaginations and wonder about some big ideas. Soyeon Kim's incredible diorama art enhances the poetic text, and her creative process is explored in full on the reverse side of the book's jacket, which features comments from the artist. Young readers will want to pore over each page of this book, exploring the detailed artwork and pondering the message of the text, excited to find out just how connected to the Earth they really are.
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A Child in Prison Camp
When Shizuye Takashima, “Shichan” as she was called, was eleven years old, her entire world changed forever. As a Japanese-Canadian in 1941, she was among thousands of people forced from their homes and sent to live in internment camps in the Canadian Rockies. Although none had been convicted of any crime, they were considered the enemy because the country was at war with Japan. In this true story of sadness and joy, Shichan recalls her life in the days leading up to her family's forced movement to the camp, her fear, anger, and frustration as the war drags on, and the surprising joys in the camp: a Kabuki play, holiday celebrations, and the ever-present beauty of the stars.
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A Prairie Boy's Winter
Text and twenty color paintings depict the rigors and simple pleasures during the stark 1930s.
release date: Sep 15, 2001
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Down By Jim Long's Stage
A long-cherished children's classic is now back in print! This 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition of the classic children's book is a new illustrated edition. It's time for a new generation of children to enjoy this lighthearted collection of rhymes by the acclaimed poet Al Pittman. All new whimsical illustrations by Pam Hall dance through the pages with a sublime silliness perfectly balancing Pittman's rhymes. Her original work was the Winner of the prestigious Amelia Francis Howard Gibbon Award for best Canadian illustration. The late acclaimed poet and author, Al Pittman, died on August 26, 2001 at the age of sixty-one, after a lengthy illness. He was one of Newfoundland's best contemporary writers. Al built an inte ational reputation over the last 40 years creating award-winning poetry, plays and scripts for radio and television. Some of these include the Borestone Mountain Poetry Award, The Canada Council Arts Award, the Lydia Campbell Award, the Stephen Leacock Centenial Award, The Writer's Alliance Book Award for Poetry and has been inducted into the Arts Council's Hall of Honour. Up until his death he was a Writer in Residence at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Co er Brook, Newfoundland.
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The Loon's Necklace
According to Canadian Indian legend, when an old man's sight was restored by a Loon he gave the bird his precious shell necklace as a reward. That is why the loon has a white collar and speckles on its back.
Elizabeth Cleaver's rich and beautiful style of picture-making gives new visual excitement to the splendors of the British Columbia landscape, and to the magic of this Indian legend.
release date: Jan 01, 1986
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A Salmon for Simon
Simon, a Native American boy, has been trying all summer to catch a salmon. But when he gets his chance, Simon no longer wants to keep it--it's too strong and beautiful! Full color.
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The Trouble With Princesses
Retells stories about Northwest Coast princesses and compares them with similar Old World princesses.
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Chester's barn
Text and pictures describe the animals and activities in Chester's barn during a winter on Prince Edward Island.
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Chin Chiang and the Dragon's Dance
Chin Chiang has long dreamed of dancing the dragon's dance, but when the first day of the Year of the Dragon arrives and he is to dance with his grandfather, he is sure he will shame his family and bring bad luck to everyone.
release date: May 01, 1986
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Moonbeam on a Cat's Ear
One night, Rosie and Toby, accompanied by a plump white cat and a mouse in pajamas, discover a way to steal the moon out of the sky.
release date: Jan 01, 1989
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Rainy Day Magic
Indoors on a boring, rainy day, Victor and Joey create an imaginary adventure in the basement.
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Amos's Sweater
Amos the sheep is old and cold and sick of having his wool taken away. Despite his noisy objections, Aunt Hattie shears Amos once again and knits his precious wool into a beautiful, brightly colored sweater for Uncle Henry. Poor Amos decides that enough is enough and sets out to claim what is rightfully his. Kim LaFave's whimsical watercolors perfectly complement this hilarious tale of a curmudgeonly sheep's fight to get his wool back.
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'Til All the Stars Have Fallen: Canadian Poems for Children
This rich new collection of Canadian poetry captures a landscape of land and mind uniquely our own. Including works by Margaret Atwood, bp Nichol and A.M. Klein, this book appeals to imaginations young and old. Striking illustrations capture the essence of each poem.
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The Orphan Boy
Governor General's Award for Illustration

International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour Book Award for Illustration

American Library Association Notable Book Award, 1991

The Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award

Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award for Illustration

One night the old man looked at the stars but one was missing! Suddenly he heard footsteps. He turned his head to see an orphan boy. The man and the boy lived together. The boy had a special secret that he said he couldn't share. The man's curiosity got the better of him and his life was changed forever.

This award-winning picture book is based on a Maasai legend about the planet Venus and tells of a loyal affection despite broken trust.



Accompanied by magnificent paintings of Africa.


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Waiting for the Whales
In this timeless story set on the West Coast, an old man lives alone on a bluff overlooking the sea and tends his garden. And waits. Only when the whales return each year to the bay in front of his cottage is his loneliness eased. One day, his daughter and her baby return home to live with the old man, bringing a renewed sense of purpose to his life. As his granddaughter grows, the old man passes on a wealth or knowledge and wisdom as well as his passion for the whales. And each year they wait together for the whales to appear. A gentle story that illuminates the unique friendship between grandparent and child, Waiting for the Whales also suggests that aging and death are only part of a greater cycle of rebirth and continuity.
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The Dragon's Pearl

"Who knows what the gods have in store for us?" Xiao Sheng sang out to his mother every morning. "Today may not be the same as yesterday."

In spite of his hardships, Xiao Sheng is a cheerful boy who loves to sing. He works from sunrise to sunset to earn enough money to feed his family. When Xiao finds a magic pearl, everything is changed forever.

release date: Sep 01, 1994
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Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall
An Indian parent and child move through the forest and over a pond as nature passes from fall to winter.
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Ghost Train
Left behind in China by her father, who has gone to North America to find work, Choon-yi has made her living by selling her paintings in the market. When her father writes one day and asks her to join him, she joyously sets off, only to discover that he has been killed. Choon-yi sees the railway and the giant train engines that her father died for, and she is filled with an urge to paint them. But her work disappoints her until a ghostly presence beckons her to board the train where she meets the ghosts of the men who died building the railway. Will Choon-yi find a way to make peace with her father's death? Ghostly, magical, and redeeming, this masterful tale is superbly illustrated by Harvey Chan.
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A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

This delightfully illustrated paperback and CD set contains more than seventy-five of the best-loved rhymes and songs of childhood, from soothing lullabies to schoolyard chants. Popular classics such as "Pat a Cake," "Humpty Dumpty," and "Jack and Jill" are joined by lesser-known rhymes and ditties from many different cultures. Kady MacDonald Denton's illustrations add liveliness and humor. Together, parents and children will enjoy sharing A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes.

release date: Jan 01, 1999
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The Dragon New Year
The essence of ancient China is charmingly evoked for young readers by David Bouchard's tale of courage, kindness, love, and inspiration.

Every spring, the Chinese New Year is heralded by noise and sound: a clash of cymbals, the splash of colorful fireworks across the sky, shouts and whistles and bright lights. Yet how did these traditions begin? A young girl, frightened into sleeplessness by the celebrations outside her bedroom window, takes comfort in her grandmother's wise, soothing words as she tells a tale of the Dragon New Year.

Children will be fascinated by this mythic story, which weaves together a monstrous sea dragon, a mother's sorrow, and a powerful Buddha. Illustrator Zhong-Yang Huang's lavish paintings capture the imagery of the grandmother's words. Colorful, evocative, and haunting, they are a perfect accompaniment to this modern-day fable.

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Where I Live
The young narrator lives where the sun winks off the waves, breezes cool the evening, treasures are waiting to be discovered. 'Where I Live' is the seaside.

In her first picture book, Frances Wolfe has captured the sights and sounds of life on the seashore in 16 outstanding illustrations. Astute readers will note the first letter of each two-line verse spells out the word "seaside." A sweet way to visit the sea with the youngest of readers.
release date: Apr 03, 2002
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The Art Room
This richly illustrated story-poem celebrates the experience of learning to paint in the presence of a master teacher. Set in the 1900s when artist Emily Carr (1871–1945) was teaching art to children, The Art Room highlights Carr's passion for painting the natural world and the sense of freedom she inspired in her students. Emily Carr's work has been exhibited with, and frequently compared to, the art of Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo. Pascal Milelli's illustrations are a perfect foil to the work Carr created.
release date: Jan 01, 2003
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Stanley's Party
Stanley's people go out a lot. Stanley is a good dog, but one night, while they're away, the temptation becomes too great and he sneaks up onto the couch. What a wonderful experience! Soon he's also blasting the music, dancing around the living room and raiding the fridge. Stanley's never had so much fun! But after a couple of weeks something is missing, and Stanley realizes that partying alone has lost its thrill.
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