Monday, 29 April 2013

2013 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award winners announced

On April 24th 2013, the Manitoba School Library Association announced the winners of the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards (MYRCA) for 2013 from the nominees announced last June.

The 2013 winning title, as voted by young Manitoba readers of ages 10 to 14, is

Box of Shocks
by Chris McMahen
Orca Book Publishers
160 pp.
Ages 9-12

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Congratulations to the readers' two Honour Books:

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
by Jonathan Auxier
Puffin Canada
381 pp.
Ages 10-13

by David Skuy
Scholastic Canada
194 pp.
Ages 11-14

 to all Nominees and Winners 
and young readers in this literacy program 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

2013 Saskatchewan Book Awards winners announced last night

Last night, the 20th Anniversary Saskatchewan Book Awards Gala was held at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. All awards and short-lists for those awards which included youngCanLit nominees were posted here on April 5, 2013. Full details of the awards, nominees and winners can be read at the Saskatchewan Book Awards website here.

Congratulations to the youngCanLit winners of the following writing and publishing awards


Young Adult Literature Award


40 Things I Want to Tell You
by Alice Kuipers
HarperCollins Canada


First Nations University of Canada
Aboriginal Peoples’ Publishing Award

The Diamond Willow Walking Stick: A Traditional Métis Story about Generosity
Story and Illustrations by Leah Marie Dorion
Michif Translation by Norman Fleury
Gabriel Dumont Institute Publishing

University of Regina Faculty of Education and Campion College: 
Award for Publishing in Education

Day of the Cyclone
by Penny Draper
Coteau Books

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Rocky Mountain Book Award 2013 Winner announced!

Last November the nominees for the 2012-2013 Rocky Mountain Book Award were announced here.  From November to April, Alberta's students in Grades 4 through 7 were invited to read the twenty nominated fiction and non-fiction titles, selected from the previous two years publications.  Voting took place from mid-March to mid-April, and votes tabulated.

The winner of the 2013 Rocky Mountain Book Award, Gold Medal, is:

The Case of the Missing Deed
by Ellen Schwartz
Tundra Books

189 pp.
Ages 8-12

Voting results are posted at

Monday, 22 April 2013

2013 B.C. Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence co-winners announced

One of the BC Book Prizes, the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence, was just announced at the BC Book Prize Soirée on April 10, 2013. 

The Lieutenant Governor's Award recognizes British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. The recipient receives a cash award of $5,000 and a commemorative certificate.

This year the co-recipients of the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence are

Lorna Crozier and Sarah Ellis

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 Special congratulations to youngCanLit author
Sarah Ellis 
who has contributed extensively to our wealth of children's literature.

A selection of her novels, anthologies and picture books include:

Fiction and Novels:
  • Out of the Blue
  • Pick up Sticks
  • Next Door Neighbours
  • The Baby Project
  • Odd Man Out
  • Back of Beyond
  • The Several Lives of Orphan Jack

Dear Canada books
  • A Prairie as Wide as the Sea: The Immigrant Diary of Evy Weatherall
  • Days of Toil and Tears: The Child Labour Diary of Flora Rutherford
  • That Fatal Night: The Titanic Diary of Dorothy Wilton

Picture Books
  • Big Ben
  • Salmon Forest
  • Ben Over Night
  • The Queen's Feet

From humour and common fears and serious issues of mental health, Sarah Ellis has covered the gamut of themes in her books, providing life lessons of acceptance and compassion while managing to reassure her readers that no one is alone.

Congratulations to Sarah Ellis and Lorna Crozier, 
as well as the jurors on their exceptional 2013 selections!


IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver winner for 2012 announced

International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Canada, a non-profit volunteer organization that promotes quality French and English Canadian children's literature nationally and internationally, administers three National Awards and submits nominations for three International Awards, as follows:

 given annually to an artist of outstanding artwork in a Canadian picture book
given in support of research for a publishable work (a book or a paper) on Canadian children’s literature
given to an individual for distinguished service within the field of children’s literature


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IBBY Canada has just announced the  
winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award from 2012
for the Illustrator of a Canadian children's book 

Isabelle Arsenault


Virginia Wolf
written by Kyo Maclear
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 5-10
Loosely based on writer Virginia Wolf and her sister Vanessa Bell, the story has Virginia awakening and feeling dark and reclusive, determined to shut out the world. It is only when her sister asks Virginia what she needs that Vanessa is successful in using her artistry (courtesy of the inimitable Isabelle Arsenault) to engage Virginia and brighten her mood. This enthralling story finds a way to depict depression in an optimistic yet natural manner, easily accessible to young readers and encouraging for those who suffer with depression.

Reviewed here on March 13, 2012

Friday, 19 April 2013

2013 Arthur Ellis Awards 2013 Nominees announced

For readers of crime, mystery, espionage and all manner of criminal doings, both fictional and factual, the Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing are the awards to check out for the newest and the best. (A bit of trivia: The awards are named for the pseudonym of the Official Executioner for the Dominion of Canada from 1913-1935, which explains the appearance of the award as seen to the right.)  Awarded annually by the Crime Writers of Canada since 1984, the Arthur Ellis Awards include the following categories:

For Published Works:
  • Best Crime Novel *
  • Best First Crime Novel *
  • Best Crime Book in French
  • Best Crime Nonfiction
  • Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book
  • Best Crime Short Story
For Unpublished Work:
  • The Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel *
*Awards for which prizes are provided

This year's shortlist of works from 2012 were announced last night at events in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa.  

Here are the nominees for the Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book:

    Lisa Harrington
    Live to Tell
    Cormorant Books

    Y. S. Lee
    The Agency: The Traitor in the Tunnel
    Candlewick Press

    Reviewed here 
    Sylvia McNicoll
    Crush Candy Corpse
    James Lorimer & Company

     Reviewed here
    Shane Peacock
    Becoming Holmes
    Tundra Books

    Reviewed here
    Elizabeth Stewart
    The Lynching of Louie Sam
    Annick Press

      The awards will be presented at the Arthur Ellis Awards Banquet in Toronto on May 30, 2013. For more information about this year's awards, go to the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards

      Monday, 15 April 2013

      2013 Canadian Library Association Book Award winners announced today!

      Cue the fanfare! Break out the bubbly! Exciting news is emanating from the Canadian Library Association. The announcements of winners of the CLA's annual book awards have just been released.  From extraordinary shortlists to outstanding winners, the selection committees have once again done their association proud. 

      Congratulations to the Winner:
      You are Stardust
      Illustrated by Soyeon Kim
      Written by Elin Kelsey
      Owlkids Books
      Press release announcement from CLA

      Congratulations to the Winner:
      The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
      by Susin Nielsen
      Tundra Books

      Congratulations also to the two Honour Books selected:
      A Tinfoil Sky
      by Cyndi Sand-Eveland
      Tundra Books
      Reviewed here

      The Grave Robber's Apprentice
      by Allan Stratton
      HarperCollins Canada

      Congratulations to the Winner

      My Book of Life by Angel
      by Martine Leavitt
      Groundwood Books/House of Anansi

      Congratulations also to the two Honour Books selected:
      What Happened to Ivy
      by Kathy Stinson
      Second Story Press

      40 Things I Want to Tell You
      by Alice Kuipers
      HarperCollins Canada


      Thursday, 11 April 2013

      Hackmatack 2013/2014 nominees announced

      Atlantic Canada's Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award program is just wrapping up for the 2012-2013 year but the nominees for the 2013-2014 Hackmatack Awards have already been announced.  During the next school year, young readers of ages 9 to 12 years in Atlantic Canada will have the opportunity to read from four lists of ten nominated titles: English Fiction, English Non-Fiction, French Fiction and French Non-Fiction.  Reading of these nominees will begin in September and run through until end of March, with voting taking place at the end of that period.  Although there is no rush to start reading, it's always wonderful to recognize these authors, illustrators and publishers for these nominations.  Congratulations and félicitations!

      Here are the 2013-2014 Hackmatack Award shortlists:

      2013-2014 English Fiction Shortlist
      A Long Way From Home
      by Alice Walsh
      Second Story Press

      And Nothing But the Truth
      by Kit Pearson

      Binky Takes Charge
      by Ashley Spires
      Kids Can Press 

      The Gargoyle at the Gates
      by Philippa Dowding 

      How to Fix a Lie
      by Nancy Wilcox Richards
      Scholastic Canada 

      The Island Horse
      by Susan Hughes
      Kids Can Press

      Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week
      by Caroline Adderson
      Kids Can Press

      Lower the Trap
      by Jessica Scott Kerrin
      Kids Can Press

      That One Spooky Night
      by Dan Bar-el
      Kids Can Press

      Time Flies When You're Chasing Spies: A Halifax Mystery
      by Allison Maher
      Nimbus Publishing

      2013-2014 English Non-Fiction Shortlist

      Canada at War: A Graphic History of World War II
      by Paul Keery and Michael Wyatt
      Douglas and McIntyre

      Cryptic Canada:  Unsolved Mysteries from Coast to Coast
      by Natalie Hyde
      Owlkids Books

      Driftwood Dragons and Other Seaside Poems 
      by Tyne Brown
      Nimbus Publishing

      Going Up: Elisha Otis' Trip to the Top
      by Monica Kulling
      Tundra Books

      Mimi's Village and How Basic Health Care Transformed It
      by Katie Smith Milway
      Kids Can Press

      No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs
      by Rob Laidlaw
      Pajama Press

      Potatoes on Rooftops: Farming in the City
      by Hadley Dyer
      Annick Press

      Rescuing the Children:  The Story of the Kindertransport
      by Deborah Hodge
      Tundra Books

      Sable Island: The Wandering Sandbar
      by Wendy Kitts
      Nimbus Publishing

      The World in Your Lunchbox:  The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods
      by Claire Eamer
      Annick Press

      2013-2014 Roman français - Sélections
      Le bateau fantôme de Petit-Rocher
      par Denis C. Boucher


      Cauchemar blanc pour Rouge-Babine
      par Lili Chartrand
      Courte échelle

      L’enfant des neiges
      par Elisabeth Vonarburg

      Max et le sans-abri
      par Olivier Challet

      Napoléon Ratté: l’empereur du ballon rond
      par François Barcelo

      Opération Orange soufflée numéro 7
      par Lyne Vanier
      Pierre Tisseyre

      Le secret des dragons
      par Dominique Demers
      Dominique et Compagnie


      Si seulement...
      par Mélanie Daigle

      Le trésor de Zofia
      par Mireille Villeneuve

      Le trésor du pharaon
      par Louis Lymburner

      2013-2014 Documentaire français - Sélections

      Glooscap, les castors et le mont Sugarloaf
      par Réjean Roy
      Bouton d’or Acadie

      Les grands z’inventeurs
      par Alain Raimbault

      Le Hockey
      par Mario Allard
      Les Malins


      Les jaunes de Barcelone
      par Karine Gottot et Maxim Cyr
      Michel Quintin

      Laisse-moi t’expliquer l’autisme
      par Stéphanie Deslauriers
      Midi trente

      Léon et les traditions
      par Annie Groovie
      Courte échelle

      Les limaces (Savais-tu?)
      par Alain Bergeron, Michel Quintin et Sampar
      Michel Quintin

      Marie Curie (Connais-tu?)
      par Johanne Ménard
      Michel Quintin

      La mouche
      par Élise Gravel
      Courte échelle

      Schlick!: tout plein d’histoires avec des mots
      par François Gravel
      Québec Amérique