Monday 24 June 2019

2020 Red Cedar Book Awards: Short lists announced

On the heels of the announcement of the winners of the 2019 Red Cedar Book Awards comes the announcement about the two short-lists, Fiction and Information, of nominated titles for 2020 Red Cedar awards. Though not officially launching until November, these nominated titles will be read by students in Grades 4 through 7 who will vote on their favourites next April.

Congratulations to all nominees!


Clara Voyant 
Written by Rachelle Delaney
Puffin Canada

Anyone’s Game (Cross Ups, Book 2)
Written by Sylv Chiang
Illustrated by Connie Choi
Annick Press

Written and illustrated by Svetlana Chmakova
Yen Press

Written by Kenneth Oppel
Illustrated by Sydney Smith
Kasey & Ivy 
Written by Alison Hughes
Orca Book Publishers
Krista Kim-Bap 
Written by Angela Ahn
Second Story Press
My Deal with the Universe
Written by Deborah Kerbel
My Life as a Diamond 
Written by Jenny Manzer
Orca Book Publishers
No Fixed Address 
Written by Susin Nielsen

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster 
Written by Jonathan Auxier
Puffin Canada


Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night
Written by Rob Laidlaw
Pajama Press

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Else Schiaparelli
Written by Kyo Maclear 

Illustrated by Julie Morstad

Dive In: Exploring Our Connections with the Oceans
Written by Ann Eriksonn
Orca Book Publishers

Eat This: How Fast Food marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and How to Fight Back)
Written by Andrea Curtis
Illustrated by Peggy Collins
Red Deer Press

Fania’s Heart 
Written by Anne Renaud
Illustrated by Richard Rudniki
Second Story Press

Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past
Written by Claire Eamer
Illustrated by Drew Shannon
Kids Can Press

Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting
Written by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Orca Book Publishers

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

Space Adventurer’s Guide: Your Passport to the Coolest Things to See and Do in the Universe
Written by Peter McMahon
Illustrated by Josh Holinaty
Kids Can Press

Super Cats: True Stories of Felines That Made History
Written by Elizabeth MacLeod
Annick Press

Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family
Written by Van Ho & Marsha Forchuk Skypuch
Pajama Press

Wild Buildings and Bridges: Architecture Inspired by Nature
Written by Etta Kaner
Illustrated by Carl Wiens
Kids Can Press

Monday 17 June 2019

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

Last week, the winners of the 2019 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced at Eastview Public School in Scarborough, Ontario.  The juries for the two awards, Children's Picture Book and Young Adult/Middle Reader, each comprised of students from this school, the first from Grades 3 and 4 and the second from Grades 7 and 8.

Administered by the Ontario Arts Council, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature. The award was established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller.  In 2004, the Schwartz family renamed the awards to honour both sisters.

Each award is accompanied by a $6000 prize, generously funded by the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.


the winner is:

Wab Kinew and Joe Morse

for their book

Go Show the World
Written by Wab Kinew
Illustrated by Joe Morse
Tundra Books
40 pp.
Ages 5-9

the winner is

Colleen Nelson

for her book
Written by Colleen Nelson
240 pp.
Ages 12+

Reviewed here

to the juries on their selection,
to the nominees for their inclusion, 
the winners for their awards!

Monday 10 June 2019

2018/2019 Chocolate Lily Book Awards: Nominees and winners

The Chocolate Lily Book Awards are a readers' choice award that honours the creative work of children's authors and illustrators living in British Columbia. The following titles were nominated in three categories:
  • Picture Book
  • Chapter Book/Early Reader (Gr. 2-4)
  • Novel (Gr. 4-7)
Picture Book Nominees

Charlotte and the Rock 
Written by Stephen W. Martin
Illustrated by Samantha Cotterill
Penguin Random House

Liam Takes a Stand 
Written by Troy Wilson
Illustrated by Josh Holinaty
Owlkids Books

Written and illustrated by Kari Rust
Owlkids Books

Underneath the Sidewalk 
Written by Claire Eamer
Illustrated by Thomas Gibault
Northwinds Press

Where Oliver Fits 
Written  and illustrated by Cale Atkinson
Tundra Books


Chapter Book/Early Novel Nominees (Grades 2-4)​

Black Gold 
Written by Sara Cassidy
Illustrated by Helen Flook
Orca Book Publishers

The Elephant Keeper 
Written by Margriet Ruurs
Illustrated by 
Kids Can Press

Heartwood Hotel: A True Home 
Written by Kallie George
Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Slug Days 
Written by Sara Leach
Illustrated by Rebecca Bender
Pajama Press

Under-The-Bed Fred 
Written by Linda Bailey
Illustrated by Colin Jack
Tundra Books

Novel Category Nominees (Grades 4-7)

The Bonaventure Adventures 
Written by Rachelle Delaney
Puffin Canada

Inside Hudson Pickle 
Written by Yolanda Ridge
Kids Can Press

Lady Knight (Crystal Journals, 3)
Written by G. Rosemary Ludlow
Comwave Publishing House

A Month of Mondays 
Written by Joelle Anthony
Second Story Press

The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library 
Written by Linda Bailey
Tundra Books

On June 7, 2019, the winners were announced.
And the winners are...

Picture book:

Where Oliver Fits 
Written  and illustrated by Cale Atkinson 
Tundra Books

Chapter Book/Early Novel:

 Heartwood Hotel: A True Home
Written by Kallie George 


The Bonaventure Adventures
Written by Rachelle Delaney 
Puffin Canada

2019 Red Cedar Book Award winners announced

The Red Cedar Book Award (a.k.a. B.C.'s Young Readers' Choice Award) announced its award winners for 2019. All BC kids in Grades 4-7 are free to participate in this program. Those who have been reading the nominated titles which were announced last year voted this spring and the winners announced last week. This is truly a readers' choice award.  Congratulations to the readers who chose the winning titles and the authors for this achievement.

For the Red Cedar Fiction Award,
the winner is . . 
From Ant to Eagle
Written by Alex Lyttle
Central Avenue Publishing

For the Red Cedar Information Book Award,
the winner is . . 
Smiley: A Journey of Love
Written by Joanne George
Fitzhenry & Whiteside