Saturday 10 November 2012

Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature: 2012

Created in 1963, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature was create to encourage writing for Canadian children.  Vicky Metcalf was passionate about storytelling, a published children's author herself, and the Metcalf Foundation's goal focused on building a "just, healthy and creative society." Administered by the Writers' Trust of Canada since 2002, the $20,000 prize is awarded to an outstanding author of a body of work in children's literature.

This year, sponsored by the Metcalf Foundation and judged by a jury composed of Deirdre Baker, Ronald Jobe, and Joanne Schwartz, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature was awarded on November 7, 2012 at the Writers' Trust Awards event which was emceed by Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter.

The 2012 winner of 
the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature 
Paul Yee

Born in Saskatchewan, grew up and studied in British Columbia, and now living in Toronto, Paul Yee's Chinese background and studies in Canadian History have provided him with the foundation for many (but not all) of his stories. His rich body of work has earned him the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature, the Sheila A. Egoff Prize, the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award and the City of Vancouver Book Award. Some of his award-winning children and young adult books include:

The Secret Keepers
Tradewind Books
133 pp.
Ages 12-15
Blood and Iron: Building the Railway, Lee Heen-gwong, British Columbia, 1882
(I Am Canada series)
Scholastic Canada
234 pp.
Ages 10-15

The Bone Collector's Son
Tradewind Books
175 pp.
Ages 10-14

Ghost Train
Illustrated by Harvey Chan
Groundwood Books
32 pp.
Ages 8-12

Money Boy
Groundwood Books
184 pp.
Ages 12+

Roses Sing on New Snow: A Delicious Tale
Illustrated by Harvey Chan
Groundwood Books
32 pp.
Ages 5-8

Shu-Li and Tamara
Illustrated by Shaoli Wang
Tradewind Books
71 pp.
Ages 7-9

Tales from Gold Mountain
Illustrated by Simon Ng
Douglas & McIntyre
64 pp.
Ages 12+

Check out Paul Yee's website at to read more details about his life and stories, and the full citation for this award at the Canadian Children's Book Centre.

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