Giraffe and Bird update

One of my favorite picture books about friendship has just taken home the Ontario Library Association’s Blue Spruce Award.  Giraffe and Bird is Rebecca Bender’s delightful first picture book about a giraffe and a bird who are fast friends despite bickering.  The award comes just in time to help her celebrate the  release of her second picture book, featuring the same two endearing characters, Don’t Laugh at Giraffe.


An award for readers from kindergarten to grade two, The Blue Spruce Award is one of seven of the Forest of Reading Awards  under the umbrella of the Ontario Library Association (OLS) which boasts over 250,000 participants.  It’s the largest reader’s choice awards in Canada.

Congratulations Rebecca!

This is the Dog is going to the gallery

Over the years, I’ve had the good fortune to work with some very talented illustrators.  I heard from one of them this morning.  Chrissie Wysotski, the illustrator of This is the Dog, sent me this framed picture from the book.  It will be one of the illustrations featured in two upcoming exhibits sponsored by the Ontario Library Association.  The Blue Spruce 10th Anniversary Illustration Art Exhibit during the Festival of Trees in May 2012 at Harbourfront in Toronto, and at the Canadian Nation Exhibition in Toronto from August 17th  – September 3rd , 2012.  Of course you may want to read the book too, especially if you are a dog lover.  It’s available at most libraries, and can be ordered from your favorite independent book seller.