Thursday 31 May 2012

Red Cedar Award 2012 winners announced

British Columbia children in Grades 4 through 7 have read and voted for their favourite titles among the Fiction nominees and Information Book nominees for 2011/2012. We are pleased to announce the winners in each category.

For the Red Cedar Book Award for Fiction, the winner is . . .

After the Fire
by Becky Citra
 Orca Books 
186 pp.
Ages 8-11
While her mom and boyfriend are passed out drunk, a fire breaks out and Melissa is left scarred.  Two years later, Melissa, her brother and mom are spending the summer at a friend's cottage. There Melissa meets Alice and, although she is embarrassed about her less-than-perfect family, Melissa learns that Alice is not what she seems, her family also less than perfect and dealing with grief in a variety of unhealthy ways.

For the Red Cedar Information Book Award, the winner is . . .

How to Build Your Own Country 
by Valerie Wyatt
Illustrated by Fred Rix
Kids Can Press
40 pp.
Ages 9-11
This "how-to" book will help readers establish their own countries, learn how to set up their governments and how to set up international relations with other countries.  All the organization needed and the knowledge of government, economics, trade and other key national endeavours are illustrated in this worthwhile book. 

Chocolate Lily Awards 2012/2013 Nominees

The shortlists of nominated titles for the 2012-2013 Chocolate Lily Awards, books by British Columbia authors and/or illustrators for young readers in Kindergarten to Grades 6, were announced on May 25, 2012.

Now just two categories (the Novel category is no longer used), the shortlists on which young readers will vote next spring include the following titles:

In the Chapter Book Category (Grade 3 – Grade 5)

• Ghosts of the Titanic
by Julie Lawson

• Encore Edie
by Annabel Lyon

• That Fatal Night
by Sarah Ellis

• The Runaway
by Glen Huser

• Run Marco Run
by Norma Charles

• The Whole Truth
by Kit Pearson

• Ice Storm
by Penny Draper

In the Picture Book Category (Kindergarten to Grade 5)

• Pussycat, Pussycat, Where have you Been?
by Dan Bar-el

• I Want to go to the Moon 
by Tom Saunders 
Illustrated by Cynthia Nugent (BC)

• Seal Song
by Andrea Spalding

• Can Hens Give Milk?
by Joan Betty Stuchner

• Sounds of the Ferry 
 by Sara Leach

• Louis the Tiger Who Came From the Sea
by Michal Kozlowski

• Grandpa’s Girls
by Nicola I. Campbell

We'll be checking back on these short lists when young readers in B.C. begin their reading and voting and ultimately when the winners are announced in May, 2013.

Chocolate Lily 2012 winners 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 three award categories for 2011/2012 were:
  1. Picture Book – for readers in Kindergarten to Grade 4
  2. Chapter Book – for Grades 3-6
  3. Novel – for Grades 5 to 8
The winners of the Chocolate Lily Book Awards were announced recently from the following shortlists announced last spring:

In the Picture Book Category (Kindergarten to Grade 3)

• Singing Away the Dark
by Caroline Woodward
Simply Read Books

• Great Lakes and Rugged Ground Imagining Ontario
by Sarah N. Harvey & Leslie Buffam
Orca Book Publishers

•  Stanley’s Little Sister
by Linda Bailey (BC)
Kids Can Press

• The Little Hummingbird
by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Greystone Books

Where are You Bear?
by Frieda Wishinsky
Illustrated by Sean L. Moore (BC)
Owl Kids

• Compost Stew an A to Z Recipe for the Earth
by Mary McKenna Siddals
Tricycle Press

The winner in the Picture Book Category is. . .
Stanley's Little Sister
by Linda Bailey
Kids Can Press

In the Chapter Book Category (Grades 3 – 5)

• Emily
by Julie Lawson

• The Ballad of Knuckles McGraw
by Lois Peterson
Orca Book Publishers

• Ben’s Robot
by Robin Stevenson
Orca Book Publishers

• Black Dog Dream Dog
by Michelle Superle
Tradewind Books

• No Pets Allowed
by Irene N. Watts
Tradewind Books

The winner in the Chapter Book Category is. . .
Black Dog, Dream Dog
by Michelle Superle
Tradewind Books

In the Novel Category  (Grades 5 – 8 )

• Hannah & the Spindle Whorl
by Carol Anne Shaw
Ronsdale Press

• Silver Rain
by Lois Peterson
Orca Book Publishers

• Follow the Elephant
by Beryl Young
Ronsdale Press

• Ghost of Heroes Past
by Charles Ried
Ronsdale Press

• No Moon
by Irene Watts
Tundra Books

• Dear George Clooney Please Marry Mom
by Susin Nielsen
Tundra Books

• Liar and Fools
by Robin Stevenson
Orca Book Publishers

The winner in the Novel Category is. . .
Follow the Elephant
by Beryl Young
Kids Can Press

authors, illustrators and publishers 
on your nominations and wins

Commonwealth Book Prize Regional Winners announced

On May 21, 2012, the ommonwealth Writers announced the regional winners for the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Representing five regions of Commonwealth countries, these new writers will now compete for overall winner to be announced at Hay Festival on June 8, 2012. 
In Canada, we are celebrating the selection of Riel Nason as the Regional Winner for Canada and Europe with her young adult novel, The Town That Drowned from Goose Lane Editions (2011).

The Town That Drowned
by Riel Nason
Published by Goose Lane Editions
280 pp.

The announcement from the Commonwealth Writers included the following graphic. Although the resolution is poor on this blog, Riel Nason is the author is the middle of the regional winners.

Commonwealth Book Prize

The list of regional winners includes:

Jacques Strauss, South Africa 
The Dubious Salvation of Jack V 
Jonathan Cape
Regional Winner, Africa

Shehan Karunatilaka, Sri Lanka
Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew 
Random House 
Regional Winner, Asia

Riel Nason, Canada
The Town That Drowned 
Goose Lane Editions 
Regional Winner, Canada and Europe
Alecia McKenzie, Jamaica
Peepal Tree Press
Regional Winner, Caribbean

Cory Taylor, Australia
Me and Mr Booker 
The Text Publishing Company
Regional Winner, Pacific
We wish Riel Nason and Goose Lane Editions the best for the June 8th selection of the overall winner, and send hearty congratulations on this astounding win! 

Forest of Reading 2012 winners announced!

After two fantastic days of great weather, words and winning, it is clear that young readers in Ontario appreciate and applaud the great Canadian literature that the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading promotes.  At the Festival of Trees event at Toronto's Harbourfront yesterday and today, young readers celebrated the culmination of their reading programs with the announcement of the winning books.

Congratulations to:
• the readers on their amazing selections from exemplary lists of Canadian literature for young people;
• the countless volunteers and OLA staff who ensure that Ontario readers see the best titles and who help bring the Festival of Trees to fruition (pun intended);
• the authors and illustrators honoured with Forest of Reading nominations;
• the authors and illustrators who enjoyed the undeniable adoration of thousands of reading fans;
• the publishers who are recognizing the importance of publishing and promoting children's and YA literature in Canada; and
• the winners and honourees in each reading program. 

Here are the winners and honour books for each reading program:


Blue Spruce

Giraffe and Bird
Rebecca Bender
Dancing Cat Books/Cormorant Books

One Hockey Night
David Ward and Brian Deines
Scholastic Canada/North Winds Press 

Kiss Me! (I'm a Prince!)
   Heather McLeod and Brooke Kerrigan
   Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Silver Birch EXPRESS

When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew: Tales of Ti-Jean 
 Jan Andrews and Dušan Petričić 
Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press

The Time Time Stopped 
Don Gillmor 
Scholastic Canada

The Last Loon 
Rebecca Upjohn 
Orca Book Publishers


Silver Birch FICTION

David Skuy 
Scholastic Canada


Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction 
Kevin Sylvester  
Simon and Schuster 

Ghosts of the Titanic 
Julie Lawson 
Scholastic Canada


Silver Birch NON-FICTION

Don’t Touch That Toad & Other Strange Things Adults Tell You 
Catherine Rondina and Kevin Sylvester 
Kids Can Press

50 Poisonous Questions: A Book With Bite 
Tanya Lloyd Kyi and Ross Kinnaird 
Annick Press


Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science
Susan Hughes and Michael Wandelmaier 
Kids Can Press


Le Prix Tamarac

Secrets de Famille
Sylvie Marcoux
Éditions du Phoenix

L’étrange affaire du 413 
Nadya Larouche
Éditions Vents d’Ouest

Le Priz Tamarac EXPRESS

Les Dragouilles: Les Rouges de Tokyo 
Karine Gottot et Maxim Cyr
Éditions Michel Quintin

Une Petite bouteille jaune 
Angèle Delaunois et Christine Delezenne
Éditions de l’Isatis                                                       

Le Zaillemeur
Marie-Pierre Meunier et Sébastien Pinard
Les Éditions Z’ailées

Red Maple Fiction

Half Brother
Kenneth Oppel
HarperCollins Canada

Haunting Violet
Alyxandra Harvey
Walker & Company

White Pine FICTION

The Gathering
Kelley Armstrong
 Random House Canada/Doubleday Canada


Blood Red Road
Moira Young
Random House Canada/Doubleday Canada


Chance to Dance for You 
Gail Sidonie Sobat
Great Plains Publications



The Book of Awesome
Neil Pasricha
Random House Canada/ Doubleday Canada


Two Generals 
Scott Chantler
McClelland & Stewart

 Nice Recovery 
Susan Juby
Penguin Group Canada/Viking Canada