About the Award

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The Joan Betty Stuchner—Oy Vey! —Funniest Children’s Book Award was created in memory of this beloved children’s author and teacher.  Joan was many things—brave, gracious, warm, generous, kind and absolutely hilarious to boot.  (“Oy vey!” she’s probably saying now . . .) With this award we honour Joan’s life-affirming humour and encourage other children’s writers to laugh it up on the page the way she did.

The $1000 Joan Betty Stuchner—Oy Vey! —Funniest Children’s Book Award will be presented biannually to a Canadian author or illustrator of the work of juvenile fiction that had the jury most: buckled over with guffaws, incapacitated with giggles, and/or rib-ticklingly, side-splittingly, thigh-slappingly entertained.