Kids Can Press sweeps Governor General's Literary Awards for Children's Literature



    TORONTO, Nov. 18 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's Kids Can Press is proud to
announce it has won the 2008 Governor General's Awards for Children's
Literature in English in both the text and illustration categories.

    John Ibbitson's The Landing was awarded the prize for English Language
Text, while Stéphane Jorisch's illustrations for The Owl and the Pussycat won
in the English Language Illustration category.

    John Ibbitson, Globe and Mail's Washington correspondent, set his
coming-of-age novel The Landing in his childhood hometown of Gravenhurst,
Ontario. His previous young adult novel, Jeremy's War 1812, was shortlisted
for the award.

    Stéphane Jorisch drew inspiration from the films of Fellini, the art of
Miro and The Beatles' Yellow Submarine to create whimsical yet powerful images
to accompany Edward Lear's nonsense poem. Jorisch, now a four-time Governor
General's Literary Award winner, won previously for KCP's Jabberwocky in 2004.

    Ibbiston and Jorisch will receive their awards from Governor General
Michaelle Jean on December 10 at the presentation ceremony at Rideau Hall in
Ottawa.

    Kids Can Press illustrator Isabelle Arsenault, a two-time Governor
General's French-language winner, was also nominated in the children's
illustration category for My Letter to the World and Other Poems.

    Arsenault and Jorisch's books are part of Kids Can Press's critically
acclaimed Visions in Poetry series, an innovative collection of books that
reinterpret classic poems through the eyes of contemporary illustrators. Four
of the seven books in the series have been nominated for Governor General's
Literary Awards.

    Karen Boersma, Kids Can Press's Vice President and Publisher, stated,
"Congratulations to John and Stéphane on this great honour. We are thrilled to
have our publishing program and the work of our authors and illustrators
recognized this way. It is also an acknowledgment of the hard work that our
editors, designers and the rest of our staff put into making each and every
one of our books a success."

    Kids Can Press is the largest Canadian-owned children's publisher, with
an award-winning list of over 500 picture books, non-fiction and fiction
titles for toddlers to young adults. Kids Can Press is the home of Franklin
the Turtle, the most successful publishing franchise in the history of
Canadian publishing, which has sold over 60 million books in over 30 languages
around the world.

    Kids Can Press is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based
media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty
television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and
digital audio services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing
and children's animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands
include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and
radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded
entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A
publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York
(CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

    
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        We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which
         last year invested $20.1 million in writing and publishing
                              throughout Canada
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For further information:

For further information: Mary Kapusta, Publicist, Kids Can Press, (416)
925-5437 ext. 140, Cell: (416) 735-2822, mkapusta@kidscanpress.com


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