Thursday 12 April 2012

Book Award Fatigue?

I know that book award fatigue may be setting in for readers of CanLit for LittleCanadians.  However, for the readers who are voting, and the juries that are selecting, as well as the authors, illustrators and publishers, each award is a very big thing.  It is an honour to have a book nominated, just as it is a privilege for readers to critically evaluate each book, knowing that their choices make a significant contribution to the lives of others.  

Please appreciate the time and efforts everyone makes to each award program, and enjoy the fruits of their labours. 

Well done!

Rocky Mountain Book Award 2012 nominees

Currently, students in grades 4 through 7 are voting for their favourite book from a short list of twenty-titles for the Rocky Mountain Book Award, Alberta's readers' choice program for young people. The twenty nominees, which must have been published in the last two years in Canada, include both fiction and non-fiction titles which "portray a broad range of family, social, and cultural backgrounds." (Retrieved from on March 27, 2012)

The shortlist for this book award is announced in November, with voting taking place from mid-March to mid-April.  The winner is announced at the end of April.

The 2012  nominees are listed here (fiction on the right, nonfiction on the left), with the announcement of the winning title coming on April 23, 2012. 

At the Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times
by Larry Verstraete  

Animals That Changed the World
by Keltie Thomas

Arctic Thunder
by Robert Feagan

Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns
by Robert Chaplin

by Alma Fullerton 

Case Closed: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science
by Susan Hughes

The Cat's Pajamas
by Wallace Edwards

Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom
by Susin Nielsen

Fatty Legs: A True Story
by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Follow the Elephant
by Beryl Young

The Good Garden
by Katie Smith Milway

Magic Up Your Sleeve: Amazing Illusions, Tricks, and Science Facts You’ll Never Believe
by Helaine Becker

The Mealworm Diaries
by Anna Kerz

No Moon
by Irene N. Watts

Plain Kate
by Erin Bow

Prisoner of Dieppe: World War II, Alistair Morrison, 
Occupied France, 1942
by Hugh Brewster 

Robert Munsch
by Frank B. Edwards 

The Sea Wolves: Living in the Great Bear Rainforest
by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read 

Tower of Treasure
by Scott Chantler

Who Wants Pizza?
by Jan Thornhill

Friday 6 April 2012

CBC Bookies 2012 Winners

On April 5, 2012, CBC announced the winners of its second annual CBC Bookies awards, book awards selected by listeners from a series of 10 categories.  

In the Young Adult category,  the winner was:

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Doubleday Canada
359 pp.
Ages 12+

 Reviewed on CanLit for LittleCanadians on November 22, 2011.

The finalists for the Young Adult CBC Bookie were:
  • Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
  • No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis
  • This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel
  • Tilt by Alan Cumyn