Last night, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre handed out its Canadian Children’s Literature Awards at The Carlu in downtown Toronto (except for the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, which will be announced October 29 at a separate event in Montreal). As a proud member of the CCBC, I had the privilege of attending the ceremony.
The awards, sponsored by TD Bank Group, featured a fan’s choice award for the first time this year. Children voted online for their favourite book from all of the nominated titles. Young Annaka Leib won a trip to Toronto and had the honour of presenting the award (and looking adorable doing so as she stood on a step to reach the microphone). The award went to Polly Horvath for One Night in Coal Harbour.
The remaining winners were:
Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
John Spray Mystery Award: The Lynching of Louie Sam by Elizabeth Stewart
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People: The Lynching of Louie Sam by Elizabeth Stewart
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction: Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely through a Never-Ending War by Deborah Ellis
Marilyn Balilie Picture Book Award: Mr. Zinger’s Hat, written by Cary Fagan and illustrated by Dušan Petričić
TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award: One Year in Coal Harbour by Polly Horvath
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!