Tuesday 28 May 2019

2019 Arthur Ellis Award winner for Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book is...

On the evening of May 23, 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:

• Best Crime Novel 
• Best First Crime Novel 
• Best Crime Novella
• Best Crime Short Story
• Best Crime Book in French
• Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book
• Best Nonfiction Crime Book
• Best Unpublished Manuscript (a.k.a the Unhanged Arthur)

Here is the award information relevant to youngCanLit:

2019 Arthur Ellis Award for  
Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book 

The nominees were . . .

And the award goes to...

Written by Linwood Barclay
Puffin Canada
256 pp.
Ages 8-12

Thursday 16 May 2019

2019 Forest of Reading® awards: Winners and honour books announced

This week, the Festival of Trees was held at Toronto's Harbourfront.  Over 8000 readers participated in the events at the Festival, which focused on the awards ceremonies for the different Forest of Reading programs of the Ontario Library Association.

Here are this year's readers' choice selections for each reading program:

Blue Spruce

Barnaby Never Forgets
Written and illustrated by Pierre Collet-Derby

          Honour Books         

Sun Dog
Written by Deborah Kerbel
Illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo
Pajama Press

The Magician's Secret
Written by Zachary Hyman
Illustrated by Joe Bluhm
Tundra Books


Silver Birch EXPRESS

Meet Viola Desmond
Written by Elizabeth MacLeod
Illustrated by Mike Deas
Scholastic Canada

          Honour Books        

The Hollow Under the Tree
Written by Cary Fagan
Groundwood Books
What Makes a Monster?
Written by Jess Keating
Illustrated by David DeGrande
A.A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Silver Birch FICTION

Written by Linwood Barclay

          Honour Books      

Elephant Secret
Written by Eric Walters
Yen Press

Missing Mike
Written by Shari Green
Pajama Press

Silver Birch NON-FICTION 


Carey Price
How a First Nations Kid Became a Superstar Goaltender
Written by Catherine Rondina

          Honour Books     

Rising Seas:Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World
Written by Keltie Thomas
Illustrated by Belle Wuthrich and Kath Boake W.
Firefly Books

Basketballology: Super Cool Facts You Never Knew
Written by Kevin Sylvester
Annick Press

Le Prix Peuplier


La doudou qui aimait trop le chocolat
Écrit par Claudia Larochelle
Illustré par Maira Chiodi
Les Éditions de la Bagnole

          Livres distingués    
Qui va bercer Zoé?
Écrit par Andrée Poulin
Illustré par Mathieu Lampron
Les 400 coups

Lila et la corneille
Écrit et illustré par Gabrielle Grimard

Le Prix Tamarac 


Gladiateurs virtuels
Écrit par Paul Roux
Bayard Canada

         Livres distingués      

Le livre où la poule meurt à la fin 
Écrit par François Blais
Illustré par Valérie Boivin
Les 400 coups

Écrit par Sonia Sarfati
Illustré par Jared Karnas
La Courte Échelle

Le Prix Tamarac EXPRESS


Mammouth rock
Écrit par Eveline Payette
Illustré par Guillaume Perreault
La Courte Échelle

          Livres distingués      

Le fan club des champignons
Écrit et illustré par Élise Gravel
Les 400 coups

L’homme de la cave
Écrit par Alexandre Côté-Fournier
Illustré par Enzo
La Courte Échelle 



A World Below
Written by Wesley King
Paula Wiseman Books

          Honour Books      

The Last Namsara
Written by Kristen Ciccarelli 

Fourth Dimension
Written by Eric Walters 
Penguin Teen



Every Falling Star
The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea
Written by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland
Abrams Amulet

          Honour Books      

When We Were Shadows
Written by Janet Wees
Second Story Press

Innovation Nation
Written by David Johnston and Tom Jenkins
Illustrated by Josh Holinaty
Tundra Books

White Pine FICTION

The Agony of Bun O'Keefe
Written by Heather Smith
Penguin Teen Canada

          Honour Books     

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You
Written by Vicki Grant
Running Press Teens
Black Chuck
Written by Regan McDonell
Orca Book Publishers

Thrilling news for all authors, illustrators and publishers!

Enjoyed all the more for being selected 
by young Canadian readers!

Congratulations to everyone!

Wednesday 15 May 2019

2019 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards: Shortlists announced

On May 7, the Ontario Arts Foundation announced the 2019 nominees for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards.  These award 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 Eastview Public School, Scarborough, Ontario.  Students from Gr. 3 and 4 and also from Gr. 7 and 8, from this school, a school with a large Indigenous community, offering Ojibwa language instruction and other Indigenous programming, will select the award-winning book for the Children's Picture Book Award and for the Young Adult/Middle Reader Book Award respectively.  The prizes, $6000 each, will be given out in June at the school.

Here are the two short-lists of nominees:

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

Written by Shauntay Grant

Illustrated by Eva Campbell
Groundwood Books

Reviewed here
Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes
Written by Wab Kinew
Illustrated by Joe Morse
Tundra Books
Reviewed here

Island in the Salish Sea
Written by Sheryl McFarlane
Illustrated by Leslie Redhead
Orca Book Publishers
Written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
Groundwood Books

The Origin of Day and Night
Written by Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt
Illustrations by Lenny Lishchenko
Inhabit Media
Reviewed here

• • •                                        

Fire Song
Written by Adam Garnet Jones
Annick Press

No Fixed Address
Written by Susin Nielsen
Tundra Books
Planet Grief
Written by Monique Polak
Orca Book Publishers
Written by Colleen Nelson
Dundurn Press
Very Rich
Written by Polly Horvath
Puffin Canada

 Congratulations to all nominees