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Calgary's TD Kids Book Club looks up — way up — while reading Picture the Sky

Children in Alberta met with celebrated plasticine artist Barbara Reid to talk about her latest picture book.
TD Canadian Children's Literature Award finalist Barbara Reid poses with students at Bowcroft Elementary School in Calgary. (Chris Martin/CBC)

On Oct. 16, 2018, a group of kindergartners at Calgary's Bowcroft Elementary School met with celebrated Canadian plasticine artist Barbara Reid and tried their hands at some plasticine artwork of their own.

Picture the Sky creator Barbara Reid helps students in Calgary create plasticine artwork inspired by her books. (Chris Martin/CBC)

Reid was visiting with students at the school to talk about her TD Canadian Children's Literature Award-nominated book, Picture the Sky. She was joined by Daybreak Alberta host Russell Bowers, who moderated a lively conversation with young readers about Reid's unique approach to creating children's books entirely illustrated with plasticine. 

During the visit, the prolific children's author created plasticine artwork with the kids, explained why she finds the sky so inspiring — and talked about the endless magic that can be found if you only look up.

Each Autumn, five books for young readers are finalists in the running for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. The $50,000 prize is the richest for Canadian kids lit and its awarded to the creators of one book for readers up to the age of 12. As part of the lead up to award getting announced next month, the authors of the 5 books get to travel the country where they meet readers and do demonstrations at various local schools. This year, Bowcroft Elementary in Calgary was selected for a visit and Barbara Reid brought her book, "Picture The Sky" for a group of kindergarteners. Reid writes the stories for her 25 books, but she often will make the images in those books out plastecine, so, in addition to reading her book for the kids at Bowcroft, she also helped them play and make their own images out of play-dough. Russell Bowers spoke with the children's author and illustrator at Bowcroft Elementary in Calgary. You can find out more about the award and the authors by going to 21:18

Picture the Sky is one of five titles shortlisted for the $50K TD Canadian Children's Literature Award for 2018. Similar TD Kids Book Clubs are happening across the country, celebrating the other books nominated for the country's richest prize in children's literature. 

Kindergartners at Calgary's Bowcroft Elementary School check out copies of Barbara Reid's Picture the Sky. (Chris Martin)

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