Thursday 22 May 2014

2014 winners of the Atlantic Book Awards announced yesterday

Last night, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, the winners of the 2014 Atlantic Book Awards were announced.  This culminating event concludes another year for the Atlantic Book Awards and Festival, organized by the Atlantic Book Awards Society.

To get more information about the Atlantic Canada Book Awards, go to

Of the nine Atlantic Book Awards, only two are relevant to young readers this year:
  • Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature
  • Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
The nominees for these two 2014 Atlantic Book Awards were posted on CanLit for LittleCanadians on April 18, 2014.  Here are this year's winners.


The winner of the


Nix  Minus One
by Jill McLean
Pajama Press


The winner of the


Lasso the Wind:Aurélia’s Verses and Other Poems
Illustrated by Susan Tooke
Written by George Elliot Clarke
Nimbus Publishing

Wednesday 21 May 2014

2013/2014 B.C.'s Teen Readers' Choice (Stellar) Award nominees

From last November to this April, BC teens (ages 13-19) have been reading, reviewing and discussing their reading at school and public libraries, all with the aim of selecting a winner of the Stellar Book Award. The Stellar Award is British Columbia's Teen Readers' Choice Award, and somehow I missed posting the nominees when they came out last year.  As teens are currently voting until July 31, I thought I might as well post this list of nominees, ready for the announcement of the winner in August. 

Here are the nominees for the 2013/2014 Stellar Book Award:

40 Things I Want To Tell You
by Alice Kuipers
HarperCollins Canada

The Calling
by Kelley Armstrong
Doubleday Canada

Getting Over Garrett Delaney
by Abby MacDonald
Candlewick Press

by Kathleen Peacock
Katherine Teegen Books
I, Witness
by Norah McClintock
Illustrated by Mike Deas
Orca Book Publishers

The Opposite of Tidy
by Carrie Mac

The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls
by John Lekich
Orca Book Publishers

Rebel Heart
by Moira Young
Doubleday Canada

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
by Susin Nielsen
Tundra Books
Running on Empty
by Don Aker
HarperCollins Canada
by Rachel Hartman
Doubleday Canada

Such Wicked Intent
by Kenneth Oppel
HarperCollins Canada

Three Little Words
by Sarah N. Harvey
Orca Book Publishers

On August 5, 2014 the winner of the Stellar Book Award will be announced.

2014 winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards announced

Yesterday, the winners of the 2014 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced at Aldergrove Public School in Markham, Ontario.  The juries for the two awards, Children's Picture Book and Young Adult/Middle Reader, each comprised of five students from this school, the first from Grades 3 and 4 and the second from Grades 7 and 8.

Administered by the Ontario Arts Council, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature. The award was established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller.  In 2004, the Schwartz family renamed the awards to honour both sisters.

Each award is accompanied by a $6000 prize, generously funded by the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.


the winner is:

Anne Villeneuve 

for her book

Loula is Leaving for Africa
by Anne Villeneuve
Kids Can Press

the winner is

Teresa Toten

for her book
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
by Teresa Toten
Doubleday Canada

to the juries on their selection,
to the nominees for their inclusion, 
the winners for their awards!

Tuesday 20 May 2014

2015 MYRCA nominees announced

The Manitoba School Library Association marked the International Year of Literacy, 1990, with the implementation of a literacy program aimed at promoting literacy for children of ages 10 to 14 years of age.

The Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards (MYRCA) program presents 15 to 20 Canadian novels written in English for the targeted young readers.  Those young people who have read or heard a minimum of 3 nominated titles vote for their favourite title in April.  The winning title and honour books are announced in May and celebrated at an awards ceremony in October.

This week's press release which announced the winners for 2014 also announced the shortlist of nominated titles for the  2015 MYRCA.  Congratulations to the authors and publishers of these eighteen nominees:

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest 
by Charles de Lint 
Little, Brown

The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden 
by Jill MacLean
Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Home Ice Advantage 
by Tom Earle
Harper Collins

Loki’s Wolves
by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr
Little, Brown

The Metro Dogs of Moscow
by Rachelle Delaney

Morven and the Horse Clan 
by Luanne Armstrong
Great Plains

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow 
by Amy McCulloch

The Phantom’s Gold
by Eric Murphy
Dancing Cat Books

Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff 
by Robert Paul Weston

Red River Stallion 
by Troon Harrison

Running Scared 
by Beverley Terrell-Deutsch
Red Deer Press

by Karen Autio
Sono Nis Press

Scare Scape 
by Sam Fisher

The Spotted Dog Last Seen 
by Jessica Scott Kerrin

by David Carroll

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B 
by Teresa Toten

by Meaghan McIsaac
Dancing Cat Books

Whatever Doesn’t Kill You 
by Elizabeth Wennick
Orca Book Publishers

Congratulations to all nominees!

IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver winner from 2013

International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Canada, a non-profit volunteer organization that promotes quality French and English Canadian children's literature nationally and internationally, administers three National Awards (as well as submitting nominations for three International Awards) including the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award which is given annually to an artist of outstanding artwork in a Canadian picture book.

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This year

 the winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award 
from 2013
for the Illustrator of a Canadian children's book 
 goes to

Julie Morstad


How To
Simply Read Books
36 pp.
Ages 4-6

Congratulations also to Honour Books

Wild Berries
by Julie Flett
Simply Read Books

The Man with the Violin
by Kathy Stinson
Illustrated by Dušan Petričić
Groundwood Books

Monday 19 May 2014

2014/2015 Hackmatack shortlists already announced

Atlantic Canada's Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award program is just wrapping up for the 2013-2014 year but the nominees for the 2014-2015 Hackmatack Awards have already been announced.  During the next school year, young readers of ages 9 to 12 years in Atlantic Canada will have the opportunity to read from four lists of ten nominated titles: English Fiction, English Non-Fiction, French Fiction and French Non-Fiction.  Reading of these nominees will begin in September and run through until end of March, with voting taking place at the end of that period.  Although there is no rush to start reading, it's always wonderful to recognize these authors, illustrators and publishers for these nominations.  
Congratulations and félicitations!

Here are the 2014-2015 Hackmatack Award shortlists:

2014-2015  English Fiction Shortlist

Danny, Who Fell in a Hole
by Cary Fagan
Groundwood Books, 2013

Game Face
by Sylvia Gunnery
Lorimer, 2013

Me & Mr. Bell
by Philip Roy
Cape Breton University Press, 2013

by Alison Hughes
Orca, 2013

Scare Scape
by Sam Fisher
Scholastic, 2013

The Great Bike Rescue
by Hazel Hutchins
Orca, 2013

The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden
by Jill MacLean
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013

The Power of Harmony
by Jan L. Coates
Red Deer Press, 2013

The Road to Afghanistan
by Linda Granfield
Illustrated by Brian Deines
Scholastic Canada, 2013

Totally Unrelated
by Tom Ryan
Orca, 2013

2014-2015  English Non-Fiction Shortlist

A History of Just About Everything; 180 Events, People and Inventions That Changed the World
by Elizabeth MacLeod and Frieda Wishinsky
Kids Can Press, 2013


And the Winner Is...Amazing Animal Athletes
by Etta Kaner
Kids Can Press, 2013



Cat Champions
by Rob Laidlaw
Pajama Press, 2013



Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics
by Brian McLachlan
OwlKids, 2013


Pandemic Survival: It’s Why You’re Alive
by Ann Love and Jane Drake
Tundra Books, 2013


Pedal It!: How Bicycles Are Changing the World
by Michelle Mulder
Orca Book Publishers, 2013


Reporter in Disguise: The Intrepid Vic Steinberg 
by Christine Welldon
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013



Weird Zone: Sports
by Maria Birmingham
OwlKids, 2013


What’s for Lunch: How School Children Eat Around the World
by Andrea Curtis
Red Deer Press, 2012


When Children Play: The Story of Right to Play
by Gina McMurchy-Barber
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013

2014-2015  Roman français - Sélections

Bine : L’affaire est pet shop
par Daniel Brouillette
Les Malins, 2013

Le décrocheur et la suppléante
par François Barcelo
Soulières, 2013

Les enquêtes de Gustave : Une sale affaire de dentifrice
par Alexandre Côté-Fournier
Bayard Canada Livres, 2012

L’Île-au-crâne de Shédiac (Les aventures des Trois Mousquetaires)
par Denis M. Boucher
Francophonie, 2013

L’incroyable odyssée (Les aventures de Cosmo Le Dodo)
par Pat Rac
Origo, 2013

Les introuvables : piège de glace
par Cathleen Rouleau
Les Malins, 2013

Le mystère de la mare aux crapauds
par Josée Ouimet
Vents d’Ouest, 2013

Qu’est-ce qui fait courir Mamadi?
par Étienne Poirier
Soleil de minuit, 2013

Top secret (Le Trio rigolo)
par Johanne Mercier, Reynald Cantin, Hélène Vachon
FouLire, 2013

Toxique (Zone Frousse)
par Amy Lachapelle
Z’ailées, 2013

2014-2015  Documentaire français - Sélections

Les animaux marins
par Catherine Côté
Les malins, 2012

Au labo, les débrouillards : des expériences nouvelles et excitantes!
par Yannick Bergeron
Bayard Canada livres, 2013

Les bousiers
par Alain Bergeron, Michel Quintin et Sampar
Michel Quintin, 2013

Cocorico! : tout plein d’histoires qui parlent des langues
par François Gravel
Québec Amérique, 2013

Drôles d’écoles ! : tout plein d’histoires qui parlent des écoles
par François Gravel
Québec Amérique, 2013

Le livre du manuscrit à la librairie
par Sylvie Roberge et Michel Noël
Dominique et Compagnie, 2012

Michel Sarrazin : Médecin et botaniste en Nouvelle-France
par Cécile Gagnon et Emmanuelle Bergeron
Isatis, 2012

Le monde animal en questions et réponses
par Colette Laberge
Caractère, 2013

Quatre filles de génie
par Emmanuelle Bergeron
Soulières, 2013

Les rouges de New Delhi (Les Dragouilles)
par Maxim Cyr et Karine Gottot
Michel Quintin, 2012