This is Saskatchewan’s Reader’s Choice Award, and teachers and librarians must submit their students’ votes by February 28, 2014.
Racing Home previously won the 2012 Saskatchewan Book Award.
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.
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 .
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.
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
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!