Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet receives Queen’s Jubilee Medal

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Congratulations to Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet and her husband Ken, who both received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in a ceremony at Government House in Regina.

They were among 33 Saskatchewan recipients who were chosen because they made a significant contribution to their fellow man, their community, or their country.

Jo is best known for writing A Prairie Alphabet, a best-selling picture book illustrated by Yvette Moore. The book showcases Saskatchewan farm life and has received many honours and awards since it was first published in 1993.

See a photo of Jo and Ken and three other Weyburn area recipients at discoverweyburn.com .

Prairie Alphabet in Saskatchewan Time Capsule

Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet with the Time Capsule
Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet placing “A Prairie Alphabet” into the time capsule at the Saskatchewan Legislature.

A Prairie Alphabet, the bestselling and much-loved book written by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet and illustrated by Yvette Moore, will be read again a hundred years from now!

The book was recently chosen to be placed inside the new time capsule at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. The Legislature is one hundred years old, and a time capsule buried when it was built was unearthed in October  2012. The new time capsule will be buried sometime later this fall, once all the articles have been collected and properly prepared to last a century.

Jo and Yvette were on hand for a ceremony at the Legislature on October 11, 2012.

You can read more in an article in Weyburn This Week.

The Day I Became a Canadian

The Day I Became a Canadian; a Citizenship Scrapbook, by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet
The Day I Became a Canadian; a Citizenship Scrapbook, by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet

Author: Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet
Illustrator: Song Nan Zhang
Publisher: Tundra Books, 2000, re-released with a new cover in 2008

Nominated for the Diamond Willow Award in 2002 under its original title, From Far and Wide, a Canadian Citizenship Scrapbook.

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A Prairie Alphabet

cover of A Prairie Alphabet, by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet, Illustrated by Yvette Moore
A Prairie Alphabet, by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet, Illustrated by Yvette Moore
A Prairie Alphabet, by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet, Illustrated by Yvette Moore
A Prairie Alphabet, by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet, Illustrated by Yvette Moore

Author: Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet
Illustrator: Yvette Moore
Publisher: Tundra Books

One of Resouce Links’ Years’ Best 2009

Mr. Christie’s Book Award for best illustration, 1992

Inspired the children’s symphony A Prairie Alphabet Musical Parade by Regina composer Elizabeth Raum.

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