Monday 10 April 2017

2016/2017 Willow Awards nominees announced

Established in 2001, the Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice (SYRCA) awards, the Willow Awards, encourage reading by nominating a variety of Canadian titles in three categories. Young readers can participate in the reading programs through their schools and public libraries, selecting their favourite from one list. The Willow Awards are truly conferred according the choices of Saskatchewan's young readers.

These nominees were announced in 2016, will be voted on in 2017, awarded in 2017 and will be called the 2016/2017 nominees by some and 2016 Willows by others. It's a little confusing.

The nominated titles for the three Willow Awards i.e., Shining Willow, Diamond Willow and Snow Willow are detailed below.

For those books written for readers in Kindergarten to Gr. 3

The 2016/2017 Shining Willow nominees are:

Clover's Luck 
Written by Kallie George
Illustrated by Alexandra Bolger
Dojo Daycare
Written and illustrated by Chris Tougas

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
Written by Lindsay Mattick
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Hurry Up, Ilua!
Written and illustrated by Nola Helen Hicks
Inhabit Media

If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur

Written by Linda Bailey
Illustrated by Colin Jack

Written by Maureen Fergus
Illustrated by Dušan Petričić

Kyle Goes Alone 
Written by Jan Thornhill
Illustrated by Ashley Barron

Today Is the Day 
Written by Eric Walters 
Illustrated by Engenie Fernandes

When Santa Was a Baby 
Written by Linda Bailey
Illustrated by Geneviève Godbout

A Woodpecker's Tale
Written and illustrated by Sean Cassidy
Fitzhenry & Whiteside

For those books written for readers of Gr. 4 to 6

The 2016/2017 Diamond Willow nominees are:

Audrey (cow)
Written by Dan Bar-el

Finding Grace
Written by Becky Citra
Second Story Press

Friend or Foe: The Whole Truth about Animals That People Love to Hate
Written by Etta Kaner
Illustrated by David Anderson
Frostbite Hotel
Written by Karin Adams
Lost in the Backyard
Written by Alison Hughes
Orca Book Publishers
Written by Gordon Korman 

Rain Shadow
Written by Valerie Sherrard 
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Seven Dead Pirates 
Written by Linda Bailey 
Written by Jennifer Mook-Sang 
Scholastic Canada

28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6
Written by Catherine Austen

For those books written for readers in Gr. 7 to 9

The 2016/2017 Snow Willow nominees are:

The Dogs 
by Allan Stratton 
Scholastic Canada

by Melinda Friesen
Rebelight Publishing 
Fragile Bones
by Lorna S. Nicholson
Clockwise Press 
The Gospel Truth
by Caroline Pignat 
Red Deer Press

by William Bell
Doubleday Canada
The Unquiet Past 
by Kelley Armstrong
Orca Book Publishers

Walking Home 
by Eric Walters
Doubleday Canada

We Are All Made of Molecules 
by Susin Nielsen

Young Man With Camera
by Emil Sher 
by Richard Scrimger

Because these nominees were announced last year, young readers have already been reading and choosing their favourites.  Winners will be announced at the Willows Gala on May 4.

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