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February 25, 2016

Reading Lights 2016 Call for Submissions

Calling BC Writers and Illustrators:
Do you write stories or poems for children 12 years and younger? Would you like them to be featured under a Reading Light?

Have a look at the Reading Lights installed this year at www.vpl.ca/ReadingLights

The Vancouver Public Library and CWILL BC Society are now seeking submissions of BC books for twenty more ‘lights’.

As part of Year 2 of this initiative, excerpts of stories or poems with associated illustrations from published children’s literature will be featured on permanent plaques (24” high by 7” wide) and placed on lamp posts in Vancouver. The author and illustrator will be highlighted with links to the library for further reading. They are intended to spark an interest in stories and reading, while celebrating the work of BC authors and illustrators.

If you are/ or have been a resident of BC for at least 2 years and write or illustrate for children 12 years and younger, please read these submission criteria. Books in English and other languages reflecting the diversity of BC are welcomed.

Submission Criteria

The story excerpt or poem must be aimed at young readers, 0 to 12 years.
Fiction, nonfiction and poetry are all eligible.
Illustrations must be integral to the text.
At least one of an author/illustrator team must be/ or have been a resident of BC for 2 years.
Books must be submitted in print. No electronic copies.
You may submit up to 3 books for consideration.
All permissions must be included with your submission - from the author, illustrator, and publisher. This can be in the form of a letter or a print copy of an email. Include these in your submission package.

What Happens Next?

A jury of three people will review the submissions and select twenty to feature on lamp posts across Vancouver.

The design team from VPL will consult with selected authors / illustrators before the plaque is finalized and request a high-quality digital image from the book.

The plaques will be manufactured and installed at selected sites.

The anticipated completion of Year 2 of this project is January 2017.

Books submitted as part of the application process will be donated to the Vancouver Public Library.

Before mailing – please follow this checklist.


1._____ Have you included a hard copy of your book specifically aimed at children 12 years and younger?

2._____Is one of your author / illustrator team a resident, or has been a resident of BC for 2 years?

3._____ Are all print copy permissions included with the submission? 


4.___ Have you included your contact information?

Phone number
Email address

Send hard copies of all of the above to:

Reading Lights
1250 Esquimalt Avenue
West Vancouver
V7T 1K3

Questions? .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Your submission must be postmarked by April 30, 2016 for consideration.

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February 02, 2016

Reading Lights Project Launched on Family Literacy Day

Reading Lights celebrates the work of BC children’s book authors and illustrators and offers unexpected encounters with an array of stories for children and their families near parks, playgrounds, schools, and libraries throughout Vancouver.

Intended to spark an interest in stories and reading, the program features excerpts of books and illustrations on lamp posts across the city for all to enjoy.

Twenty Reading Lights plaques have been installed as of January 2016, and the project was officially launched at the Vancouver Public Library on Family Literacy Day, January 27.

Reading Lights is a collaborative project of Vancouver Public Library and the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC Society.

Explore this interactive map and discover more about these exceptional children’s books and the authors and illustrators who bring them to life, including BC Book Prize shortlisted author Ashley Spires (pictured at right).

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