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Harbour and Nightwood Children’s Titles Recognized


March 25, 2005

Both Harbour Publishing and Nightwood Editions are getting noticed—in BC and around the world—for their outstanding children’s titles. Harbour Publishing’s Skookum Sal, Birling Gal, written by Heather Kellerhals-Stewart and illustrated by Janice Blaine, has been shortlisted for the 2004–2005 Chocolate Lily Young Readers’ Choice Award in the Picture Book category.

Ch'askin: A Legend of the Sechelt People, by the Sechelt Nation and illustrated by Jamie Jeffries, has been selected for The White Ravens 2005—the International Youth Library’s annual selection of outstanding international books for children and young adults.

Skookum Sal, Birling Gal is a charming story for children aged five to nine. It follows the exploits of Sal, who is eleven years old and five feet tall and trying to convince her daddy to teach her how to be log birler. Little by little, Sal proves she has muscle power, balance and craft, all necessary qualities for a champion birler.

The Chocolate Lily Young Reader's Choice Awards encourages grade school students to read and vote for some of the best fiction by British Columbia's authors and illustrators. There are two categories: Best Picture Book, as voted by students in kindergarten through Grade 3, and Best Chapter Book/Novel for readers in Grades 4 through 8. Students will have an opportunity to meet many nominated BC authors and illustrators at the awards ceremony in May or June. For more information please visit the Chocolate Lily Young Readers’ Choice Award website.

Ch’askin, the latest installment of Nightwood Editions' bestselling “Legends of the Sechelt People” series, is a compelling story that recounts how the Thunderbird — who looks like a golden eagle except much, much larger — aided and protected the members of the Sechelt villages for many years in many ways.

The White Ravens 2005 selections will be presented at the International Youth Library’s stand at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair from April 13-16, 2005. The books in this year’s exhibition, 250 titles in 31 languages from 48 countries, were chosen by language specialists from thousands of books published all over the world. The White Ravens label is given to books of international interest that deserve special recognition on account of their universal theme and their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design.