Linda Bailey and Bill Slavin win first B.C. Early Literacy Book Award


Vancouver author Linda Bailey and Ontario illustrator Bill Slavin have claimed the first-ever Time to Read: The British Columbia Achievement Foundation Award for Early Literacy for Stanley's Party.
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Published by Kids Can Press, Stanley's Party tells the story of a dog named Stanley and his adventures in his family's home. The illustrations present vivid images of Stanley and his canine friends while the author's words provide a delightful story of adventure and consequences.

Time to Read: The British Columbia Achievement Foundation Award for Early Literacy will be presented annually for four years. The award is provided by the B.C. Achievement Foundation, an independent foundation endowed by the Province to celebrate excellence and achievement. The award is also supported by BC's Ministry of Education.

"Our thanks and appreciation for the work and commitment of our outstanding jury panel who selected the winner," said Keith Mitchell, Chair of the BC Achievement Foundation. "The panel members were very pleased that the primary students of General Wolfe elementary School in Vancouver who reviewed the jury's decision, overwhelmingly agreed with their choice."

The independent jury panel for the award consisted of individuals experienced in children's literature. Monica Gaucher is a youth services librarian at the Okanagan Regional Library. Keith McPherson is Supervisor of the Language and Literacy Education Resource Centre at UBC. Janet Mumford is a teacher librarian with the Richmond school district. Phyllis Simon is co-owner of Vancouver Kidsbooks.

Linda Bailey and Bill Slavin each received $7,500 in Vancouver on June 13,2007. As well as the author/illustrator cash prizes, Stanley's Party will be distributed by the British Columbia Ministry of Education to all BC kindergarten students in September, 2007.

For the 2008 Time to Read award, preference will be given to a book theme of B.C.'s rich culture and history to celebrate the province's sesquicentennial while in 2009, preference will be given to a book that celebrates sport and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The deadline for submissions for the 2008 Time to Read award will be March 14, 2008."

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