Thursday 4 July 2019

Joan Betty Stuchner–Oy Vey!–Funniest Children's Book Award: Winners announced (2017 and 2019)

Recently, I learned of a new Canadian children's book award which delightfully celebrates humour. The Joan Betty Stuchner–Oy Vey!–Funniest Children's Book Award was started by a small committee to honour children's author Joan Betty Stuchner who passed away in 2014. Stuchner wrote books both funny and serious, including Sadie the Ballerina (Scholastic Canada, 2006), Honey Cake (Tradewind, 2007), Can Hens Give Milk? (Orca, 2011), and Bagels Come Home (Orca, 2014). The award's Facebook page says this about award and its namesake:
Joan was many things — brave, gracious, warm, generous, kind and absolutely hilarious to boot. (“Oy vey!” she’s probably saying now…) With this award we honour Joan’s life-affirming humour and encourage other children’s writers to laugh it up on the page the way she did. 
(Retrieved from post dated April 1, 2017 at

The award which is presented biennially was first awarded in 2017 to

Written by Rolli
Illustrated by Milan Pavlović
Groundwood Books
173 pp.
Ages 7-10

This year, two awards were presented, one for picture book/board book and a second for a chapter book.

The 2019 winners of the Joan Betty Stuchner–Oh Vey!–Funniest Children's Book Award are:

In the Picture Book/Board Book Category:

Sterling, Best Dog Ever
Written and illustrated by Aidan Cassie 
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
40 pp.
Ages 3-6

In the Chapter Book Category:

Mort Ziff is Not Dead
Written by Cary Fagan
Puffin Canada
176 pp.
Ages 10-14

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