Polar Bears and Books Full of Colour – The Information Book Awards 2015

Dennis Fast reading
Dennis Fast reads from his picture book Princess

Update: The winner has been announcedA Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison, written by Margriet Ruurs and Katherine Gibson and published by Pajama Press, has been selected by the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada as the 2015 Information Book of the Year. 

The Winnipeg Children’s Literature Roundtable was proud to host two very successful events this fall, celebrating the love of books and the magic of literacy.

The first event we hosted the Information Book Awards on September 29 at Chaise Café. Our special guest was Dennis Fast, renowned local wildlife photographer and former teacher and principal. We were in awe of his new picture book Princess, a story written in verse that highlights some of his most magnificent polar bear photographs.

Following Dennis’s presentation and a delicious dinner, the Winnipeg Children’s Literature Roundtable steering committee presented the books nominated for the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award.

The Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada’s Information Book Award is given annually to a book that arouses interest, stimulates curiosity, captures the imagination, and fosters concern for the world around us. The award’s aim is to recognize excellence in Canadian publishing of children’s nonfiction. The criteria include accuracy, clarity, imaginative approach, appropriateness of organization and format, and sensitivity to ethnocentric and gender biases.

Source: Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable

There were many great selections and voting for the winner was difficult. Our votes will be sent to the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada to be included. We expect to find out the winner very soon!


Here are the books we voted for, including their book trailers. Wonderful selections for any picture book library. 

A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison. By Margriet Ruurs and Katherine Gibson. Published by Pajama Press – 4 votes

We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers. By Julie Flett. Published by Native Northwest – 2 votes

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices. Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale. Published by Annick Press – 2 votes

The Rat. By Elise Gravel. Published by Tundra Books – 1 vote


Everyone left with a new book in their hands – one of the great benefits of joining our group. Who doesn’t love book giveaways?! Thank you to Dennis Fast and all the Winnipeg Children’s Literature Roundtable members who joined us for an exciting evening. 

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