Thursday 23 April 2015

2015 MYRCA winners announced

On April 17th 2015, the Manitoba School Library Association announced the winners of the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards (MYRCA) for 2015 from the nominees announced last spring.

The 2015 winning title, as voted by young Manitoba readers of ages 10 to 14, is

by David Carroll

Scholastic Book Publishers
192 pp.
Ages 11-14


Congratulations to the readers' two Honour Books:

Home Ice Advantage
by Tom Earle
HarperCollins Canada
224 pp.
Ages 8-13

Reviewed here

Loki's Wolves
by K. L. Armstrong and M. A. Marr
Little Brown and Company
364 pp.
Ages 10-14

 to all Winners 
of this literacy awards program:
 authors, publishers and readers!  

Wednesday 22 April 2015

2015 CLA Book Award Winners announced!

Finally! The announcements of winners of the Canadian Library Association's annual book awards have been released.  From extraordinary shortlists to outstanding winners, the selection committees have once again done their association proud.

The full list of press releases from CLA is available here.

This award recognizes an illustrator of a noteworthy Canadian book, published in 2014, that appeals to children up to the age of 12 years.

Congratulations to the Winner:

* Any Questions? *
by Marie-Louise Gay
Groundwood Books

Congratulations also to Honour Book selected:

Dolphin SOS
Illustrated by Julie Flett
Wrtitten by Roy Miki and Slavia Miki
Tradewind Books

Press release announcement from CLA

This notable award recognizes a Canadian author of an outstanding book published in Canada in 2014, which appeals to children up to and including age 12.

Congratulations to the Winner:

* The Night Gardener *
by Jonathan Auxier
Penguin Canada

Congratulations also to the two Honour Books selected:

The Boundless
by Kenneth Oppel
HarperCollins Canada

The Swallow: A Ghost Story
by Charis Cotter
Tundra Books

Press release announcement from CLA

This award recognizes an author of an outstanding English-language Canadian work of fiction (novel, collection of short stories or graphic novel), published in 2014, that appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18.

Congratulations to the Winner:

* This One Summer *
by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
Groundwood Books

Press release announcement from CLA

2015 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards: Nominees announced

Today, the Ontario Arts Foundation announced the 2015 nominees for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards that recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature.  The awards will be selected by two juries of young readers, this year from Alexander Muir/Gladstone Avenue Junior and Senior Public School, Toronto, Ontario.  Five students from Grades 3 and 4 will select the award-winning book for the Children's Picture Book Award, and five students from Grades 7 and 8 will select the Young Adult/Middle Reader Book Award recipient.  The prizes, $6000 each, will be given out May 15 at the school.

Here are the two short-lists of nominees announced today:

• • •                                         
In the CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK CATEGORY, the nominees are: 

A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison
Written by Margriet Ruurs and Katherine Gibson 
Pajama Press

The Magician of Auschwitz
Written by Kathy Kacer 
Illustrations by Gillian Newland 
Second Story Press

The Most Magnificent Thing 
Written and illustrated by Ashley Spires 
Kids Can Press

Nancy Knows  
Written and illustrated by Cybèle Young 
Tundra Books

Starring Me and You
Written and illustrated by Geneviève Côté 
Kids Can Press

• • •                                        

Audrey (cow)
by Dan Bar-el 
Tundra Books

The Boundless
by Kenneth Oppel 
HarperCollins Canada

by William Bell 
Doubleday Canada

Lord and Lady Bunny - Almost Royalty!
by Polly Horvath 
Groundwood Books

Moon at Nine
by Deborah Ellis 
Pajama Press

 Congratulations to all nominees 

Thursday 16 April 2015

2015 Violet Downey Book Award nominees of National Chapter of Canada of IODE

The National Chapter of Canada IODE (Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire), a women's charitable organization, has been offering Violet Downey Book Award since 1985.  This award of $3000 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. 

The shortlisted books for the National Chapter of Canada 2015 Violet Downey Book Award were announced yesterday.  The five finalists are:

Saving Houdini
by Michael Redhill
HarperCollins Canada

Red Wolf
by Jennifer Dance
Dundurn Press

The Night Gardener
by Jonathan Auxier
Puffin Canada

The End of the Line
by Sharon E. McKay
Annick Books

The Swallow: A Ghost Story
by Charis Cotter
Tundra Books

Congratulations to all nominees!

The winner will be announced at IODE Canada’s National Annual Meeting in St. John's, Newfoundland on May 29, 2015.

Wednesday 15 April 2015

2015 Atlantic Book Awards: Finalists announced

On April 7, 2015 , the Atlantic Book Awards Society announced the shortlists of nominated titles for its various book prizes.  Winners of the 2015 Atlantic Book Awards will be announced at a special  awards show on Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

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

This year, the eight Atlantic Book Awards that will be presented are:
  • Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature
  • APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award, sponsored by Friesens
  • Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing, sponsored by Marquis Imprimeur 
  • Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction in Memory of Robbie Robertson, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth
  • Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing
  • Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction), presented by Boyne Clarke
  • Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
  • Margaret and John Savage First Book Award
The nominees for the two 2015 Atlantic Book Awards for young readers are listed below.


Jack, the King of Ashes
by Andy Jones
Illustrated by Darka Erdelji
Running Goat Books & Broadsides

Flame and Ashes: The Great Fire Diary of Triffie Winsor, St. John's, Newfoundland, 1892
(Dear Canada)
by Janet McNaughton
Scholastic Canada

The End of the Line
by Sharon E. McKay
Annick Press


Sydney Smith
Music is For Everyone
Written by Jill Barber
Nimbus Publishing

Michael Pittman
Wow Wow and Haw Haw
Written by George Murray
Breakwater Books

Nancy Rose
The Secret Life of Squirrels
Written by Nancy Rose
Penguin Canada

First Nation Communities Read & Aboriginal Literature Award 2014-2015

Last spring, the following five titles were selected as finalists for the 2014-2015 First Nation Communities Read, a year-long reading program organized by Ontario First Nation public libraries. that promotes a community approach to reading while promoting an awareness of the relevance and importance of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit writing, illustration, and publishing.  The First Nation Communities Read program alternates between books for children that encourage family literacy, intergenerational storytelling, and intergenerational information sharing and books for adults and young adults.  The 2014-2015 program focuses on books for children.

Here are the five finalists for the 2014-2015 First Nation Communities Read:

The Diamond Willow Walking Stick: A Traditional Métis Story About Generosity Written and illustrated by Leah Marie Dorion
Michif translation by Norman Fleury
(Gabriel Dumont Institute)

Little Chief and the Gifts of Morning Star 
by Victor Lethbridge
Illustrated by Ben Crane
 (Tatanka Productions)

Moccasin Creek 
Written and illustrated by Rene Andre Meshake

Raven Brings the Ligh
by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd
Illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers
(Harbour Publishing)

Wild Berries/Pakwa Che Menisu 
Written and illustrated by Julie Flett
Cree dialect translations by Earl N. Cook 
(Simply Read Books)

Subsequently, a jury selected the winner of the first Aboriginal Literature Award of the Periodical Marketers of Canada (PMC).  The award which recognizes the work of the creators of outstanding Aboriginal literature and supports the objectives of PMC’s Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters (FACL) includes an award of $5000.

Last May, the winner of the inaugural Aboriginal Literature Award was announced and then presented in June, 2014.  Congratulations to winner,

Julie Flett

for her picture books

Wild Berries and Pakwa che Menisu
Simply Read Books

Wild Berries is bilingual (English and n- dialect Cree or Swampy Cree from the Cumberland House area). Pakwa che Menisu is Cree only (n-dialect from the Cross Lake, Norway House area).