Sunday, 16 June 2013

2013 Chocolate Lily Book Awards winners finally announced!

Unlike the British Columbia book awards of Red Cedar and the Stellar Award programs, the Chocolate Lily Book Awards promote children's fiction by B. C. authors and B. C. illustrators. The two award categories for 2012/2013 were:
  1. Novels - for Grades 5-8
  2. Picture Books - for K to Grade 5
On June 13, Heath Traditional Elementary school in North Delta British Columbia held the Chocolate Lily Award gala at which the winners of these awards were announced.  Thanks to Tanya Lloyd Kyi for announcing the award winners today at

    In the Picture Book Category (Kindergarten to Grade 3)

    the winner is. . .

    I Want to Go to the Moon
    by Tom Saunders
    Illustrated by Cynthia Nugent
    Simply Read Books
    32 pp. + CD
    Ages 4-8

    In the Novels Category (Grades 5-8)

    the winner is . . .

    Ghosts of the Titanic
    by Julie Lawson
    Scholastic Canada
    193 pp.
    Ages 9-12

    Second Place wins in the Novels category were awarded to:

    Run, Marco, Run
    by Norma Charles
    Ronsdale Press
    183 pp.
    The Runaway
    by Glen Huser
    Tradewind Books
    147 pp.
    Ages 11-14

    authors, illustrators and publishers 
    on your nominations and wins

    Saturday, 15 June 2013

    2013 BC Stellar Award winner announced!

    With very little fanfare, the winner of the British Columbia's Teen Readers' Choice Award, the Stellar Book Award, was announced (and I only caught wind of it through a BC librarian's tweet on June 13).  BC teen readers of ages 13 to 19 had the opportunity to read, review, and discuss their reading of eleven nominated titles before on-line voting opened in April. 

    The winner of  the 2012/2013 Stellar Book Award is

    Blood Red Road 
    by Moira Young
    Doubleday Canada
    459 pp.
    Ages 14+

    Reviewed here on CanLit for LittleCanadians on December 27, 2011.

    2013 IODE Violet Downey Book Award winner announced!

    The National Chapter of Canada IODE (Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire), a women's charitable organization, has been offering the Violet Downey Book Award since 1985.  This award of $3000 is offered annually for the best English language book for children up to age 13 containing at least 500 words of text published in Canada in the previous year and selected from submitted books.

    In March, the short list of books nominated for the  2013 Violet Downey Book Award were announced. And on May 31, the winner was announced at IODE Canada’s 113th National Annual Meeting held at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary.

    The 2013 Violet Downey Book Award winner is

    The Green Man
    by Michael Bedard
    Tundra Books
    304 pp.
    Ages 11-14

    Tuesday, 4 June 2013

    2013 CBA Libris Award Winners of youngCanLit

    On Monday, June 3, 2013, the Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) presented its Libris Awards at the CBA Libris Gala held at the Toronto Congress Centre.  Winners were selected by members of the Canadian Booksellers Association who submitted their ballots in APril, voting for one of three nominees in twelve award categories. 

    The twelve CBA Libris Award categories, which all include a component related to the bookselling industry, include:
    • Author of the Year
    • Fiction Book of the Year
    • Non-Fiction Book of the Year
    • Campus Bookseller of the Year
    • Bookseller of the Year
    • Editor of the Year
    • Sales Rep of the Year (n.b. the qualifying region rotates between BC, the Prairies, Central Canada and the Atlantic provinces)
    • Distributor of the Year
    • Small Press Publisher of the Year
    • Publisher of the Year
    • Children's Picture Book of the Year
    • Young Readers' Book of the Year

    to the winners of these two awards,
     specific to younger readers!

    The Winner of the

    For a Canadian picture book from the previous year whose imaginative storyline and creative visuals engaged, entertained and delighted young children while generating customer attention and strong sales
    This is Not My Hat
    by Jon Klassen
    Candlewick/Random House


    The Winner of the

    YOUNG READERS' Book of the Year
    For an outstanding Canadian literary work for young readers in the previous year that combines readability with strong sales—a book that captivated its intended reading audience with skillful, inventive and gripping storytelling

    Such Wicked Intent
    The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book 2
    by Kenneth Oppel 
    Simon & Schuster

    More information about these awards can be found at the Canadian Booksellers Association website