Nunavut’s children book nominated for national award
The Legend of Lightning and Thunder a finalist out of 200 nominations
A Nunavut children’s book has been selected as a finalist in the the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children award.
The Legend of Lightning and Thunder, written by Baker Lake author Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt, was selected as one of 10 finalists out of almost 200 nominated titles.
The book’s illustrator, Ottawa-based Jo Rioux, was also shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association’s Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award.
The Legend of Lightning and Thunder, published by Nunavut’s Inhabit Media, is a traditional tale from the Kivalliq region. The story centres around two orphaned siblings who run away into the sky, with a flint, rock and dried caribou skin.
Legend says that when either of the children feel lonely, they strike the dry skin, or the flint to the rock, to make thunder and lightning.
Ikuutaq Rumbolt, a graduate of Nunavut Sivuniksavut, is currently studying at Montreal’s Concordia University.
The winners of the awards will be announced April 15 at a gala in Victoria, B.C.
Another one of Inhabit Media’s books — Ava and the Little Folk — is also in the running for an award, the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Express prize, which goes to books aimed at readers between the ages of 10 and 12.
Ava and the Little Folk was written by Neil Christopher and Alan Neal, and illustrated by Apex-based artist Jonathan Wright.
Until May 2014, more than 2,500 Ontario school kids of that age will read the book, along with nine similar works, and then choose a winner.