Bill Richardson and Cynthia Nugent receive second B.C. Early Literacy Book Award


book coverAuthor Bill Richardson and illustrator Cynthia Nugent have been named the recipients of the second Time to Read: BC Achievement Foundation Award for Early Literacy for The Aunts Come Marching, Education Minister Shirley Bond and Keith Mitchell, chair of the BC Achievement Foundation, announced today.

"By recognizing the importance of developing early literacy skills, The Time to Read award showcases outstanding children's literature and encourages our children to become lifelong readers," said Bond. "Once again, every kindergarten student in B.C. will receive a copy of the winning book this year. It is our hope that families will enjoy reading this book together."

The $15,000 Time to Read award was presented to Richardson and Nugent at a ceremony at Panorama Heights Elementary School in Coquitlam by Iain Black, BC Achievement Foundation board member, Minister of Labour and Citizens' Services and Port Moody-Westwood MLA.

"This is a great opportunity to celebrate an outstanding imaginative work and to share that work with some of our youngest learners," said Black. "By distributing this winning book, we are not only helping to build the literacy and language skills of all our province's kindergarten students, but we are also giving children and their families the opportunity to explore the joy of reading together at home."

"Our thanks to Minister of Education Shirley Bond for initiating and supporting this important award," said Mitchell. "Also, I would like to thank our jury panel of Wendy Bainbridge of Kamloops, Sarah Guilmant-Smith of Surrey, and Keith McPherson and Phyllis Simon of Vancouver who diligently reviewed the submissions received and selected The Aunts Come Marching."

The Aunts Come Marching is a sing-a-long story about a marching procession of aunts who drop in on a family for an unexpected visit. The 2007 winners of this award were author Linda Bailey and illustrator Bill Slavin for Stanley's Party.


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Author Bill Richardson and illustrator Cynthia Nugent receive the 2008 Time to Read: BC Achievement Foundation Award for Early Literacy from foundation board member, the Honourable Iain Black at Panorama Heights Elementary in Coquitlam, BC. Richardson and Nugent received the award for The Aunts Come Marching, a sing-a-long story about a marching procession of musical aunts who drop in on a family for an unexpected visit. The Time to Read Award is a national children's book award for an author and illustrator of a book suitable for kindergarten students. The winning book is distributed to all BC kindergarten students and the author and illustrator each receive $7,500. For 2009, the deadline for submissions by Canadian publishers is March 15, 2009.



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The 2008 Jury Panel (l to r):
Sarah Guilmant-Smith (Coordinator, Library Services, Surrey School District), Wendy Bainbridge (Head, Children's Services, Kamloops Library), Phyllis Simon (Co-owner Vancouver Kidsbooks), Keith McPherson (Past Librarian, Language Education Research Centre, UBC)
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