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This week in CanKidLit: January 25, 2018

  • Canadian illustrator Jillian Tamaki (winner of both a Printz and a Caldecott Honor Award) took to Twitter to reveal her design of the 2018 Children’s Book Week poster. The annual U.S. event is in its 99th year.
  • The Breadwinner movie – based on Canadian author Deborah Ellis’s 2000 middle-grade novel of a young girl’s struggle under Taliban rule – has been nominated for best animated feature film at this year’s Academy Awards. When the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival Deborah Ellis told Q&Q, “it stayed true to the heart of the story: that war is a great damn waste and it does terrible things to people and families – and we need to knock it off.”
  • New Canadian entertainment company Lambur Productions has optioned the TV rights to Fairy Mom and Me (PRHC, January), a modern, comic take on fairies and families by international bestselling author Sophie Kinsella. Lambur Productions was launched by veteran producer Joan Lambur (Lucy Maude Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, starring Martin Sheen) in October 2017.