Tuesday, 1 June 2021

2020 Governor General Literary Awards: Winners announced

Today, the Canada Council for the Arts announced the winners for the Governor General's Literary Awards for books published in 2020.

Please join me in congratulating this year's winners in the two categories for young readers. 

Young People's Literature -  Text

The King of Jam Sandwiches
Written by Eric Walters
Orca Book Publishers

Young People's Literature - Illustrated Books

The Barnabus Project
Written and illustrated by The Fan Brothers 
(Eric Fan, Terry Fan and Devin Fan)
Tundra Books

2021 Hackmatack Awards: Winners announced

On May 30th, the winners of the 2021 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards were announced in an online presentation broadcast on YouTube and on the Hackmatack Facebook Page. These awards are the all more special because young readers ages 9-12 in Atlantic Canada selected the winners from nominated lists.
Congratulations to the winners!
Award for English Nonfiction: 
Beastly Puzzles
Written by Rachel Poliquin 
Illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler
Kids Can Press

Award for English Fiction: 
Pickles vs. the Zombies
Written by Angela Misri

Award for French Nonfiction:
Dragouilles 21 : Les Vertes de Honolulu
Written by Karine Gottot
Illustrated by Maxim Cyr
Éditions Michel Quintin

Award for French Fiction: 
Trucs de peur 1: Perdues dans le noir
Written by Alexandra Larochelle 
Illustrated by Yohann Morin
La Bagnole 

Monday, 31 May 2021

2020 IODE Jean Throop Book Award: Shortlist and Winner

Since 1974, IODE, the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire,  a women’s charitable organization that provides education support, community service and citizenship programs, has awarded the Jean Throop Book Award to encourage excellence in children’s literature. Originally awarded by the Municipal Chapter of Toronto IODE, the IODE Jean Throop Book Award is now funded from the IODE Toronto Legacy Fund and administered by IODE Ontario.

In March, IODE announced its shortlist for the Jean Throop Book Award. Congratulations to these picture book nominees published in 2020.

What If Bunny's Not a Bully?
Written by Lana Button
Illustrated by Christine Battuz
Kids Can Press

What Grew in Larry's Garden
Written by Laura Alary
Illustrated by Kass Reich
Kids Can Press
Reviewed here

The Nut That Fell from the Tree
Written by Sangeeta Bhadra
Illustrated by France Cormier
Kids Can Press

Scrub: How a Simple Soap Saved the Day
Written by Suzanne Belliveau
Illustrated by Jennifer Thornhill
Captus Creations

Fast Friends
Written by Heather M. O'Connor
Illustrated by Claudia Dávila
Scholastic Canada 
The winner of the 2020 IODE Jean Throop Book Award is...
What Grew in Larry's Garden
Written by Laura Alary
Illustrated by Kass Reich
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 4-7
to all nominated authors and illustrators 
and to the winners!