Sunday 3 June 2012

Libris Awards 2012 nominees and winners

Each year, the Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) presents the Libris Awards, twelve awards for which each has a shortlist of 3 nominees selected and announced in the spring.  Members of the Canadian Booksellers Association submit their ballots in April for the announcement of the winners in June.

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
Here are the nominees for the two awards specific to younger readers:
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.
I Want My Hat Back 
by Jon Klassen
Candlewick/Random House


Picture a Tree 
by Barbara Reid
Scholastic Canada

Ten Birds  
by Cyb√®le Young 
Kids Can Press

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.

Deadly Voyage: RMS Titanic, Jamie Laidlaw, Crossing the Atlantic, 1912
by Hugh Brewster
Scholastic Canada

This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein
by Kenneth Oppel
HarperCollins Canada  

The Dragon Turn: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 5th Case
by Shane Peacock
Tundra Books

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

Tonight, the Canadian Booksellers Association held their awards gala in Toronto and announced the winners of the 2012 Libris Awards.  The winners in the two categories relevant to young readers are posted below.
 WINNER:  Children's Picture Book of the Year 2012
Picture a Tree
by Barbara Reid
 Scholastic Canada
32 pp.
Ages 3-8
If you can picture a tree, from season to season, in different landscapes, and see the magic within, then Barbara Reid has created it in her colourful plasticene artwork.
 WINNER:  Young Readers' Book of the Year 2012
This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein
by Kenneth Oppel
HarperCollins Canada
298 pp.
Ages 12+

When sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein's  twin brother Konrad falls deathly ill, Victor is relentless in his pursuing an alchemical cure, inspired by the discovery of a Dark Library (Biblioteka Obscura), beneath Chateau Frankenstein.  Though prohibited from doing so, Victor solicits the expertise of a censured apothecary/alchemist, Julius Polidori.

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