Thursday 22 November 2012

2012 TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards: Winners Announced!

Last night, the Canadian Children's Book Centre and TD Bank Group presented the 2012 TD CANADIAN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AWARDS at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto. A spectacular reception preceded the awards ceremony at which six awards were presented. (Le Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse was presented earlier in Montreal.)
Hosted by CBC's Garvia Bailey, the program began with addresses by Tim Hockey, President and CEO of TD Canada Trust and Todd Kylie, President, Board of Directors of the Canadian Children's Book Centre.
The selection for this year's TD Grade One Book Giveaway, a free book for all Canadian Grade 1 students, was announced to be I've Lost My Cat by author and illustrator Philippe Beha who delighted the audience with his anecdotes about his book.

Congratulations to the following winners of these auspicious children's book awards. 

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
  • $30,000 Award
  • Sponsored by TD Bank Group
  • Presented by Tim Hockey, President and CEO of TD Canada Trust

   Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse 
  • $25,000 Award
  • Sponsored by TD Bank Group

     Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award     

  • $20,000 Award
  • Sponsored by A. Charles Baillie
  • Presented by Marilyn Baillie

Norma Fleck Award For Canadian Children's Non-Fiction

  • $10,000 Award
  • Sponsored by the Fleck Family Foundation
  • Presented by Quinn Fleck and David Fleck


Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

  • $5,000 Award
  • Sponsored by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Bilson Endowment Fund
  • Presented by  Todd Kylie

John Spray Mystery Award

  • $5,000 Award 
  • Sponsored by John Spray, President, Mantis Investigation Agency
  • Presented by John Spray

Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • $5,000 Award  
  • Sponsored by HarperCollins Canada
  • Presented by Adrienne Hughes

Everything from the hors-d'oeuvres, drink, dinner, company, presentations, champagne, desserts, company, chatting, awards, company, was phenomenal.  Some of the authors and/or illustrators in attendance included: Janet Wilson, Kenneth Oppel, Marina Cohen, Sylvia McNicoll, Gillian Chan, Rebecca Bender, Richard Scrimger, Kevin Sylvester, Natalie Hyde, Hélène Boudreau, Shane Peacock, Susan Hughes, Catherine Rondina, Mahtab Narsimhan, Hugh Brewster, Nancy Hartry, Lesley Livingston, Adrienne Kress, Cheryl Rainfield, Rona Arato, Nancy Runstedler, Deborah Ellis, Dave Whamond, P.J. Sarah Collins, Vikki VanSickle, Cary Fagan, Geneviève Côté, Philippe Beha, Trilby Kent, Deborah Kerbel, Rob Mills, Karen Reczuch, Susan Vande Griek, Frieda Wishinsky, Barbara Reid, Kate Cayley, Andrea Beck, Jo Ellen Bogart, Jean Little - and that small fraction includes only those with whom I spoke, recognized, or remembered.  With 400 persons in attendance, including publishers, publicists, editors, book sellers, literacy specialists and children's lit advocates, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards Celebration is an event rich in literati, appreciation, words, camaraderie, and encouragement.  

Thanks to the TD Bank Group and the Canadian Children's Book Centre for hosting such a wonderful Canadian event.

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