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Ben and the Scaredy Dog cover imageBen Charms Winnipeg!

The Winnipeg Free Press named Ben and the Scaredy Dog as one of the four best children’s books of 2018. Check out the other three.

Alma Award logoSarah has been nominated for the 2019 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. This is an international award, covering writers, illustrators and reading promotion organizations from 64 countries. There are five Canadian nominees this year including Deborah Ellis (no, we’re not related!) and Jon Klassen. The winner will be announced on April 2nd. Want to know more? www.alma.se/en

Dodger Boy: Instruction and Delight for ages 11 to 90.

Nina, age 11, from New York, writes, “I absolutely loved Dodger Boy. It made me laugh in places, gave me some new ideas about a lot of things, and taught me quite a bit.”

Bea, aged 90, from Arkansas, writes, “I sure did enjoy Dodger Boy. After reading twice about Tom Ed and Charlotte I understand more about draft dodgers now.”

Sophie joins “Reading Lights”
The newest round of reading plaques is up in Vancouver neighbourhoods. Delighted to see Waiting for Sophie, illustrated by Carmen Mok, featured in Nelson Park, my childhood neck of the woods.

(For Vancouverites on a Reading Lights expedition: It’s across the street from mid-1100 block Comox St.)

Ben says Goodbye Lamp postLook for Ben on a Lamp Post!
Ben Says Goodbye has been chosen for the Vancouver Public Library’s “Reading Lights” program. Reading Lights celebrates the work of B.C. children’s book authors and illustrators and offers unexpected encounters with an array of stories for children and their families near parks, playgrounds, schools and libraries throughout Vancouver.

Intended to spark an interest in stories and reading, the program features excerpts of books and illustrations on lamp posts across the city for all to enjoy.

Update: Ben has found his lamp post. He’s in Gaston Park in Vancouver, at the corner of Tyne and Crowley. Go visit him! For a map of all forty installations throughout the city see pwp.vpl.ca

Outside In GuideA teachers’ guide to Outside In.  One of my smart students from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Debbie Gonzales,  devised this guide.  It deals with things like core standards but it’s also intriguing if you’re a person who likes things like “bio-pyramids.”  Who knew? Take a look.