Canadian Children’s Literature Awards

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

The Lynching of Louie Sam

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People: The Lynching of Louie Sam by Elizabeth Stewart

The Lynching of Louie Sam

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!

Canadian Library Month

October is Canadian Library Month, which seems as good a time as any to resurrect this blog. In truth, it has been a busy year. From January to April I was working six days a week at two jobs and had no energy to blog. After that, my reading for the Read Maple selection committee got into high gear, and of course I cannot write about what I am reading. Good news, though: the lists of Forest of Reading nominees for 2014 will be announced in just two weeks on October 15. I can’t wait to see which books the other committees have chosen!

Fall is a busy season for book awards and book-related events. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre will hand out their awards in Toronto October 22 and Montreal October 29. The list of nominated titles is available here. On November 4, the Scotiabank Giller Prize will be awarded. The longlist is available here, and the shortlist will be announced October 8. Finally, the International Festival of Authors gets under way this month. I have actually never attended an IFOA event, but now that I live so close the the Harbourfront Centre perhaps this will be the year I finally go. Hey, it would give me something to blog about, right?

2012 Canadian Children’s Literature Awards

Last night, I had the privilege of attending the 2012 Canadian Children’s Literature Awards, held at the glamorous Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Toronto. How did I score an invite? In addition to being a member of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, which puts on the annual gala, I also volunteered for the CCBC as part of the Young Adult Jury to choose books for the fall 2012 edition of its publication Best Books for Kids and Teens. I am happy to support the CCBC and all the great work they do throughout the year to promote Canadian children’s authors and illustrators. I had an excellent time at the awards ceremony and would like to thank the CCBC for putting on such a great event. ou can find out more about the CCBC here. As for the awards themselves, the winners were:

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

Winner: Stones for My Father by Trilby Kent (Tundra Books)
Short list:

The Dragon Turn by Shane Peacock (Tundra Books)
No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood Books)
Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World by Susan Hughes (Owlkids Books)
Seal Song by Andrea Spalding with illustrations by Pascal Milelli (Orca Books)

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

Winner: Without You, written and illustrated by Geneviève Côté (Kids Can Press)
Short list:
Cinnamon Baby by Nicola Winstanley, with illustrations by Janice Nadeau (Kids Can Press)
Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid (North Wind Press/Scholastic Canada)
Pussycat. Pussycat, Where Have You Been? by Dan Bar-el with illustrations by Rae Maté (Simply Red Books)
Small Saul by Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press)

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

Winner: Loon by Susan Vande Griek with illustrations by Karen Reczuch (Groundwood Books)
Short list:
Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afghanistan by Rafal Gerszak with Dawn Hunter (Annick Press)
Biomimicry: Inventions Inspired by Nature by Dora Lee with illustrations by Margot Thompson (Kids Can Press)
Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World by Susan Hughes (Owlkids Books)
Scribbling Women: True Tales from Astonishing Lives by Marthe Jocelyn (Tundra Books)

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

Winner: The Hangman in the Mirror by Kate Cayley (Annick Press)
Short list:
I’ll Be Watching by Pamela Porter (Groundwood Books)
Shot at Dawn by John Wilson (Scholastic Canada)
This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins Canada)
The Whole Truth by Kit Pearson (HarperCollins Canada)

John Spray Mystery Award

Winner: Charlie’s Key by Rob Mills (Orca Books)
Short list:
The Case of the Missing Deed by Ellen Schwartz (Tundra Books)
The Dragon Turn by Shane Peacock (Tundra Books)
Held by Edeet Revel (Annick Press)
True Blue by Deborah Ellis (Pajama Press)

Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy

Winner: What Happened to Serenity? by P.J. Sarah Collins (Red Deer Press)
Short list:
Dreamline by Nicole Luiken (Great Plains Teen Fiction)
Hunted by Cherly Rainfield (WestSide Books)
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier (Puffin Canada)
Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston (HarperCollins Canada)