Awards and Reviews

SANDRA

Pumpkin People. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-155109-681-0.

Resource Links The Year’s Best 2008 list
Quill & Quire Starred review
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens 2010

“My five year old loves this book.  We have read it several nights in a row.  He asks if the pumpkin people are real and if that would really happen.  There are instructions on how to make one at the back of the book.”    — Lisa Day, InsideToronto.com, October 22, 2014
“…this book is a Canadiana gem.  Written in poem form, the book shares the Kentville, Nova Scotia custom of building Pumpkin People each fall.  What an intriguing tale!  …I loved this book… Having the directions on how to make your own Pumpkin People at the end of the story adds to the fun.  Highly recommended for elementary classrooms.”
— Susan Miller, Resource Links, Volume 14, Number 2, December 2008

” In jaunty verse, the Lightburns’ book imagines the pumpkin people gathering at night and dancing around a bonfire… the  Lightburns present a richly coloured and cheerful vision of the night’s doings.”
— Gwyneth Evans, Quill & Quire, December 2008

“… sparks the imagination and will be especially fun for preschoolers to enjoy during the fall…”
— Margaret Poole, Atlantic Books Today, Fall 2008

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Driftwood Cove. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1998. ISBN 0-385-25626-4.
Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize for text and illustration, 1999
Shortlisted for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature, 1999                                                                                         Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Citation

“…this book has been rightly singled out as a top choice by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre …this story will open children’s eyes to another way of living that can be simple and elegant…”
–Cathy MacDonald. The Daily News, April 4, 1999

“This is a touching story about the importance of family life and one that is both beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written. Sandra Lightburn chooses her words carefully as she tenderly describes the squatter families’ unusual lifestyle and their homes on the West Coast beach.”
–Library and Archives Canada

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RON

FRANKENSTINK! Garbage Gone Bad. Written and illustrated by Ron Lightburn.  Toronto: Tundra Books, 2015.

ISBN 978-1-77049-694-1

Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration, 2016 Atlantic Book Awards

http://atlanticbookawards.ca/

Nominated, 2015-2016 Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award

http://alex.state.al.us/libmedia/sites/alex.state.al.us.libmedia/files/2015-16%20Camellia%20Winners%20and%20Resources.pdf

The Globe and Mail – “pure fun”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/review-new-picture-books-from-sara-oleary-julie-morstad-and-others/article24823268/

Resource Links – “highly recommended”

http://www.resourcelinksmagazine.ca/assets/pdfs/excerpts-june-2015.pdf

Canadian Materials – “The rhyming text, which should be read aloud to achieve the full effect of the story, provides an opportunity for early readers to have fun playing with juicy words.”

“A welcome addition to a school, public, or personal library.”

http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/vol21/no30/frankenstink.html

National Reading Campaign – “a picture book kids won’t be able to look away from”

http://www.nationalreadingcampaign.ca/childrens-book-review-frankenstink-garbage-gone-bad/

Canadian Children’s Book News – “a fun read- aloud”

http://digital.lmgroup.com/i/492202-spring-2015-vol-38-no-2

Atlantic Books Today – “will delight and teach young readers”

http://atlanticbookstoday.ca/frankenstink-will-delight-and-teach-young-readers/

The Chronicle Herald – “This book is going to be popular with the under-10 set”

http://thechronicleherald.ca/books/1281480-lightburn-blends-humour-ecology-in-frankenstink

Village Living Magazine – “one exciting read”

http://villagelivingmagazine.ca/hooked-on-books-by-joanne-sallay-teachmetuesday/

Waterloo Record – “a perfect read to inspire future Earth Day activities”

http://www.therecord.com/whatson-story/5567553-protect-the-planet-year-round/

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Juba This, Juba That. Helaine Becker. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2011.

ISBN 978-0-88776-975-7

“Lightburn’s lively illustrations perfectly capture the joy of the nighttime escapade and extend the story.  The boy and cat are set against backgrounds of diagonal streaks of cool colors that aptly convey movement and a sense of fantasy.” – School Library Journal

“Lightburn’s illustrations are wonderful, rich and spirited, abounding in mystery and magic.”  — Canadian Children’s Book Centre

“The brightly coloured illustrations are vibrant and evocative of a dream-like experience. The young boy and his mysterious cat are connected by colour since the boy has a yellow collar and cuffs on his red pajamas, and the cat’s fur is yellow. The fairground is bursting with colour with yellow and blue fireworks exploding overhead, purple and green curtains in the House of Mirrors, multi-coloured toys as prizes and swirling bluish shapes on the roller coaster. The fun-filled fair is a delight for the eyes of readers as well as the intrepid pair.”– CM Magazine

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Pumpkin People. Sandra Lightburn. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2008, ISBN: 978-155109-681-0.

Resource Links The Year’s Best 2008 list
Quill & Quire Starred review
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens 2010

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The Happily Ever Afternoon. Sharon Jennings. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Annick Press, 2006. ISBN 1-55037-944-5 (pb);1-55037-945-3 (hc).
Shortlisted, 5th Annual Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration, 2007 Atlantic Book Awards

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A Poppy Is To Remember. Heather Patterson. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Scholastic Canada, 2004. ISBN 0-439-96786-4 (English edition); 0-439-96787-2 (French edition).
Finalist for the 2006 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award

Nominated, 2005 Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice

Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Citation

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Wild Girl and Gran. Nan Gregory. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Red DeerCollege Press, 2000. ISBN 0-88995-221-3.

Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Citation

Winner of the 2001 UNESCO International Youth Library – White Raven Award

Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration Nomination                                                                                              Alberta Book Illustration of the Year nomination

Shortlisted for the 2001 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year – Children’s Picturebook

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Driftwood Cove. Sandra Lightburn. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Doubleday Canada,1998. ISBN 0-385-25626-4.
Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize for text and illustration, 1999
Shortlisted for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature, 1999                                                                                         Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Citation

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How Smudge Came. Nan Gregory. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Red Deer College Press, 1995. ISBN 0-88995-143-8.
Winner of the 1996 Mr. Christie Book Award                                                                                                                                           Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize                                                                                                                   Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Citation

Eagle Dreams. Sheryl McFarlane. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn.Orca Book Publishers, 1994. ISBN 1-55143-016-9.

Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Citation

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I Can’t Sleep. Patti Farmer. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Orca Book Publishers, 1992. ISBN 0-920501-84-2.

Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Citation

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Waiting for the Whales. Sheryl McFarlane. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Orca Book Publishers, 1991. ISBN 0-920501-66-4.
Winner of the 1992 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustration
Winner of the 1992 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration
Winner of the 1992 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award                                                                                            Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Citation

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