Tuesday 23 June 2015

2015 Saskatchewan Book Award winners announced

Of the nine Saskatchewan Book Awards (SBA) for Writing, only the SaskEnergy award is specific to children's literature.  As such, I'd like to announce that award winner here.

    The winner of 

     the 2015 SaskEnergy Young Adult Literature Award 


    Camp Outlook 
    by Brenda Baker

     Kids Can Press
    32 pp.
    Ages 4-8

    2015 Sunburst Awards for Can Lit of the Fantastic: Shortlists announced

    Two days ago, the Sunburst Award Society announced the shortlists for its two categories of Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. (Shortlists published at http://www.sunburstaward.org/2015-sunburst-shortlists)

    These awards, presented annually in the categories of Adult and Young Adult speculative fiction, aim to recognize the novels or book-length collections of Canadian writers (citizens or landed immigrants) of fantasy, with a cash award and a Sunburst medallion. Winners will be announced in September.

    Here are this year's nominees in the Young Adult category:

    The Night Gardener
    by Jonathan Auxier

    Tin Star
    by Cecil Castellucci
    Roaring Brook Press

    A Breath of Frost
    by Alyxandra Harvey
    Bloomsbury Press

    Sophie, In Shadow
    by Eileen Kernaghan
    Thistledown Press

    The Door in the Mountain
    by Caitlin Sweet

    Congratulations to all nominees!

    Nominated titles for 2015/2016 Chocolate Lily Awards

    The shortlists of nominated titles for the 2015/6 Chocolate Lily Awards, books by British Columbia authors and/or illustrators for young readers in Kindergarten to Grades 8, were announced at the beginning of June.  These are the titles for which young readers will vote in three categories next spring.

    In the Picture Book Category:

    Norman, Speak!
    by Caroline Adderson
    Illustrated by Qin Leng
    Groundwood Books

    If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur
    by Linda Bailey
    Illustrated by Colin Jack

    The Yoga Game by the Sea
    by Kathy Beliveau
    Illustrated by Denise Holmes
    Simply Read

    Not My Girl
    by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
    Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

    A Giraffe Called Geranium
    by Ainslie Manson
    Illustrated by Mary Baker
    Red Diamond

    Dipnetting with Dad
    by Willie Sellars
    Illustrated by Kevin Easthope
    Caitlin Press

    The Most Magnificent Thing
    by Ashley Spires
    Kids Can Press

    by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd

    Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
    by Chieri Uegaki
    Illustrated by Qin Leng
    Kids Can Press

    In the Chapter Book/Easy Reader Category:

    Jasper John Dooley, Not in Love
    by Caroline Adderson
    Illustrated by Ben Clanton
    Kids Can Press

    by Christine Dencer
    Illustrated by Jessica Meserve
    Simply Read

    The Elevator Ghost
    by Glen Huser
    Groundwood Books

    Kung Pow Chicken: Let’s Get Cracking!
    by Cyndi Marko
    Scholastic Canada

    Not Just Another Princess Story
    by Sheri Radford
    Illustrated by Qin Leng
    Simply Read

    Bagels Come Home!
    by Joan Stuchner
    Illustrated by Dave Whamond
    Orca Book Publishers

    In the Novel Category:

    Shack Island Summer
    by Penny Chamberlain
    Sono Nis Press

    Finding Grace
    by Becky Citra
    Second Story Press

    Red River Raging
    by Penny Draper
    Coteau Books

    Outside In
    by Sarah Ellis
    Groundwood Books

    The Moment
    by Kristie Hammond
    Sono Nis Press

    A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius
    by Stacey Matson

    Finding Ruby Starling
    by Karen Rivers

    The Lost Diary
    by Julie White
    Sono Nis Press

    We'll be checking back on these short lists when young readers in B.C. begin their reading and voting and ultimately when the winners are announced in May, 2016.

    2015 Chocolate Lily Book Awards: Winners

    Unlike the British Columbia book awards of Red Cedar and the Stellar Award programs, the Chocolate Lily Book Awards promote children's fiction by B. C. authors and B. C. illustrators. The three award categories for 2014/2015 were:

    • Picture Books
    • Chapter Books/Easy Readers
    • Novels

    Winners were recently announced.

    In the Picture Book Category 

    the winner is. . .

    Not Your Typical Dragon
    by Dan Bar-El
    Illustrated by Tim Bowers

    In the Chapter Book/Easy Reader Category 

    the winner is. . .

    The Metro Dogs of Moscow
    by Rachelle Delaney

    In the Novels Category 

    the winners who tied for first place are . . .

    A Taste of Heaven
    by Meg Tilley
    Penguin Canada


    A Path of Names
    by Ari Goelman


    authors, illustrators and publishers 
    on your nominations and wins

    2014 Willow Awards: Winners announced

    The winners of the Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice (SYRCA) awards, the Willow Awards, were announced on May 14, 2015 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.  From the nominees announced last March, young readers have voted for their favourites and the results tallied.


    to the 

    of  2014 Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards,

    the Willow Awards!


    The winner of this year's

    for those books written for youngest readers (K to Grade 3)


    When I Get Older: The Story behind "Wavin' Flag" 
    by K'NAAN and Sol Guy 
    Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez 
    Tundra Books 


    The winner of this year's

    for those books written for readers of Grades 4 to 6


    by David Carroll 
    Scholastic Canada


    The winner of this year's

    for those books written for readers in Grades 7 to 9


    Live to Tell
    by Lisa Harrington
    Dancing Cat Books


    Well done, young readers of Saskatchewan, 
    on your wonderful selections!