Friday 10 May 2013

2013 CBA Libris Book Awards: Shortlists announced

Each year, the Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) presents the CBA 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 this year's 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.


Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas 
by Melanie Watt 
Kids Can Press
The Stamp Collector
by Jennifer Lanthier
Illustrated by Fran├žois Thisdale
Fitzhenry & Whiteside

This is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen
Candlewick/Random House


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.

Such Wicked Intent 
by Kenneth Oppel 
Simon & Schuster

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen 
by Susan Nielsen 
Tundra Books

Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe 
by Wallace Edwards 
Orca Books

The winners will be announced at the Libris Awards gala on Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

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

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