Robins Picture Books shortlisted for 2014 Sask Book Awards

Two picture books by Robins have been nominated for the 2014 Saskatchewan Book Awards in the SaskEnergy Children’s Book Category.

These are Dear Flyary, by Dianne Young, and Leaving Mr. Humphries, by Alison Lohans.

Winners will be announced on April 26, 2014.

Congratulations, Alison and Dianne!

Dear Flyary, by Dianne Young
Dear Flyary, by Dianne Young
Leaving Mr. Humphries, by Alison Lohans
Leaving Mr. Humphries, by Alison Lohans

“10 Plants” wins de Bary Science award!

10 Plants that Shook the World, by Gillian Richardson
10 Plants that Shook the World, by Gillian Richardson

Congratulations to Gillian Richardson, whose book 10 Plants that Shook the World has won the de Bary Children’s Science Book Award for older readers.

The award is presented by The American Phytopathological Society, which is dedicated to high-quality, innovative plant pathology research.

The judges say,

This book discusses 10 economically or historically important plants in a chatty episodic format. It covers a lot of information in an edgy style (with edgy illustrations) that sarcastic children will enjoy, and mentions many important plant pathogens along the way.


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 .

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.

Adele Dueck’s Racing Home wins 2012 Saskatchewan Book Award!

Racing Home, by Adele Dueck
Racing Home, by Adele Dueck

Congratulations to Adele Dueck, whose novel Racing Home won the 2012 Saskatchewan Book Award in the Children’s Literature Category!

Erik wanted to stay in Norway, but his mother’s new husband, Rolf, has brought the family to Canada. Farming in Saskatchewan in the early 1900s is hard to get used to, and there are problems. Dueck has captured the Norwegian voice in a well-written novel that is rich in detail of the Saskatchewan prairie and the early homesteaders.

~ excerpt from the 2012 Saskatchewan Book Awards program

Alison Lohans, 2012 Woman of Distinction!

Alison Lohans
Alison Lohans

Congratulations to Alison Lohans, who was selected as the YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Arts Category!

Alison certainly deserves this award; she has published 25 children’s books, has mentored, taught, and encouraged aspiring writers for as many years, with many of her students going on to be published and winning awards themselves. She also plays the cello, cornet, and recorder, and is active is Regina’s musical community.

Way to go, Alison!