Wednesday 18 June 2014

2014 IODE Violet Downey Book Award winner

The National Chapter of Canada IODE (Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire), a women's charitable organization, has been offering the Violet Downey Book Award since 1985.  This award of $5000 is offered annually for the best English language book for children up to age 13 containing at least 500 words of text published in Canada in the previous year and selected from submitted books.
In March, the short list of books nominated for the  2014 Violet Downey Book Award were announced. And on May 30, 2014 the winner was announced at IODE Canada’s 114th National Annual Meeting. 

The 2014 Violet Downey Book Award winner is

An Infidel in Paradise
by S. J. Laidlaw
Tundra Books
311 pp.
Ages 12+

Saturday 14 June 2014

2013 LYRA Indie Novel Contest winners

Bookstore Without Borders, an online store that brings readers to self-published authors' books, has awarded their first LYRA Indie Novel Contest awards.  LYRA, which is an acronym for Linking Your Readers & Authors, offered awards in the following categories for 2013 published books:
  • Science Fiction 
  • Young Adult 
  • Novella 
  • Juvenile 
  • Romance 
  • Women's Fiction
  • Mystery/Suspense/Thriller 
  • Fantasy 
  • Inspirational
  • Historical
  • Overall LYRA Award
Because the winner of the Young Adult category is Canadian, I would like to recognize her award here.

The winner of the 2013 LYRA Indie Novel Award in the Young Adult category is

by Jacqueline E. Garlick
Amazemo Books
458 pp.
Ages 12+
December 2013

Thursday 12 June 2014

2014 R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature: winner announced

On June 6, 2014, the winners of the Alberta Literary Awards were announced by the Writers Guild of Alberta, recognizing excellence in writing by Alberta authors.

The one award that is always about youngCanLit is the R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature, which alternates yearly between picture books and chapter books.  This year the nominees were chapter books.

The 2014 winner of the
R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature 

Graffiti Knight
by Karen Bass
Pajama Press

Congratulations to Karen Bass 
on this newest award for 
Graffiti Knight!

2014 Arthur Ellis winner for Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book

On the evening of June 5th (yes, already a week ago) the Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing were awarded by the Crime Writers of Canada. Awarded annually since 1984, the Arthur Ellis Awards include the following categories:

For Published Works:
  • Best Crime Novel *
  • Best First Crime Novel *
  • Best Crime Book in French
  • Best Crime Nonfiction
  • Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book
  • Best Crime Short Story
For Unpublished Work:
  • The Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel *

Here is the award information relevant to youngCanLit:

2014 Arthur Ellis Award for  
Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book 

The nominees were . . .

And the Winner is . . .

Bones Never Lie:
How Forensics Helps Solve History's Mysteries
by Elizabeth MacLeod
Annick Press
160 pp.
Ages 9-12

Tuesday 3 June 2014

2014/2015 Red Cedar Book Award shortlists already announced

The Red Cedar Book Award (a.k.a. B.C.'s Young Readers' Choice Award) announced its award winners for 2013/2014 and have already announced the two short-lists of nominated titles for the upcoming year, though not officially launched until November.  Readers in Grades 4 through 7 will have until next spring to read the books to prepare themselves for voting in April.


by David Carroll
Scholastic Canada

The Metro Dogs of Moscow 
by Rachelle Delaney

Home Ice Advantage 
by Tom Earle

by Alison Hughes

The Spotted Dog Last Seen 
by Jessica Scott Kerrin

September 17 
by Amanda West Lewis
Red Deer Press

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

Athlete vs. Mathlete 
by W.C. Mack

Pieces of the Past (Dear Canada series) 
by Carol Matas
Scholastic Canada

Amelia and Me 
by Heather Stemp 

Curse of the Dream Witch 
by Allan Stratton
Scholastic Canada

Enigma (Camp X series) 
by Eric Walters
Puffin Canada


Before the World was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science 
by Claire Eamer
Art by Sa Boothroyd
Annick Press

Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries 
by Elizabeth MacLeod
Annick Press

Cat Champions: Caring for Our Feline Friends 
by Rob Laidlaw
Pajama Press

Courageous Women Rebels (Women’s Hall of Fame series) 
by Joy Crysdale
Second Story Press

Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World 
by Nikki Tate

Follow Your Money: Who gets it, Who spends it, Where does it go? 
by Kevin Sylvester & Michael Hlinka
Annick Press

Great Bear Sea: Exploring the Marine Life of a Pacific Paradise 
by Ian McAllister & Nicholas Read
Orca Book Publishers

Homophobia: Deal with It and Turn Prejudice into Pride 
by Steven Solomon
Art by Nick Johnson
James Lorimer

In Deep With the Octopus 
by Norma Dixon
Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World 
by Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot, Sebastian Robertson & Jarad Levine
Tundra Books

No Borders: Kigliqangittuq 
by Darla Evyagotailak and Mindy Willett
Art by Tessa Macintosh
Fitzhenry & Whiteside

The Last Train: A Holocaust Story 
by Rona Arato

2014 Hackmatack award winners announced

Readers 9 to 12 years of age and living in Atlantic Canada who participated in the annual Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award literary program have made their selections.  The  winners of the 2014 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award were announced in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on May 30, 2014.  Here is the press release.

Hearty congratulations to the winners in the four categories:


Ashley Spires
Binky Takes Charge
Kids Can Press



Rob Laidlaw
No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs
Pajama Press

Dominique Demers
Les Secrets des Dragons
Dominique et Compagnie


Elise Gravel
La Mouche

 Congratulations and Félicitations