Saturday, 21 September 2013

2013 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature finalists announced


Last year CODE, a Canadian charitable organization that supports literacy and learning, teamed up with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation to create the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature.  This literary award recognizes excellence in English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors with the aim of improving the access of young adults to books that are meaningful to them and engage them. 

The Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Association of Friendship Centres, the Association of Canadian Publishers, and the Canada Council for the Arts are responsible for administering the jury process.

On October 2, 2013, at a gala hosted by Shelagh Rogers and Waubgeshig Rice, the Award for three works will be announced, with a First Prize of $12,000, a Second Prize of $8,000 and a Third Prize of $5,000 also given.

The five finalists are:



As Long as the Rivers Flow
Written by James Bartleman
Random House of Canada

 
 
 
 
 
 
Free Throw
Written by Jacqueline Guest
James Lorimer & Company

 
 
 
 
 
 
Shadows Cast by Stars
Written by Catherine Knutsson
Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster


 
 
 
 
 
As I Remember It
Written by Tara Lee Morin
Theytus Books 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Indian Horse
Written by Richard Wagamese
Douglas & McIntyre
 
 
 
 
 

Victoria Book Prizes: Bolen Book Children's Book Prize

On September 11, 2013, the Victoria Book Prize Society of Victoria, British Columbia announced the shortlists for its two book awards, one of which is dedicated to books for young people, the Bolen Books Children's Book Prize.

These shortlisted nominees, selected by a jury of representatives from the literary community, will be honoured and the Bolen Books Children's Book Prize of $5,000 announced on October 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Union Club of Victoria.  Tickets for this event are available for purchase.

The three nominated titles, written by authors from the capital region of Victoria, that have been short-listed for this award are:


 
And Nothing but the Truth
Written by Kit Pearson
HarperCollins Canada








One Year in Coal Harbour
Written by Polly Horvath
Groundwood Books








Three Little Words
Written by Sarah N. Harvey
Orca Book Publishers



Saturday, 14 September 2013

2014 Chocolate Lily Book Awards: Short lists announced



The shortlists of nominated titles for the 2014 Chocolate Lily Awards, books by British Columbia authors and/or illustrators for young readers in Kindergarten to Grades 6, were announced on September 7, 2013.

Here are the shortlists for the two categories for which young readers will vote next spring:

In the Picture Book Category (K - Gr. 3)


Gift Days 
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Stephen Taylor
Fitzhenry& Whiteside







What's Up Bear? Choc Lily shortlist 2014What’s Up, Bear?
Written by Frieda Wishinsky
Illustrated by Sean L. Moore
Owlkids






Rainbow Crow: Nagweyaabi-Aandeg Choc Lily shortlist 2014 
Rainbow Crow: Nagweyaabi-Aandeg
Written by David Bouchard
Illustrated by David Jean
Red Deer Press
Toads on Toast Choc Lily shortlist 2014
Toads on Toast
Written by Linda Bailey
Illustrated by Colin Jack
Kids Can Press






Maggie's Chopsticks Choc Lily shortlist 2014 
Maggie’s Chopsticks
Written by Alan Woo
Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Kids Can Press





Big City Bees Choc Lily shortlist 2014Big City Bees
Written by Maggie de Vries
Illustrated by Renne Benoit
Greystone Books







In the Chapter Book Category (Grades 4-6)

The Paper House
Written by Lois Peterson
Orca Book Publishers








Seeing Orange
Written by Sara Cassidy
Orca Book Publishers







A Tinfoil Sky
Written by Cyndi Sand-Eveland
Tundra Books








I'll Be Home Soon
Written by Luanne Armstrong
Ronsdale Press

One Year in Coal Harbour
Written by Polly Horvath
Groundwood Books








The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Written by Susin Nielsen
Tundra Books








Seraphina
Written by Rachel Hartman
Doubleday Canada








Middle of Nowhere
Written by Caroline Adderson
Groundwood Books










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, 2014.

Friday, 6 September 2013

2013 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards' finalists announced


Today, the Canadian Children's Book Centre, our nationally-renowned authority on all things related to youngCanLit, announced the finalists for the 2013 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards.

The seven major children's book awards, which will be awarded at two invitation-only galas in October, include:

  1. TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($30,000) Sponsored by TD Bank Group;
  2. Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse ($30,000) Sponsored by TD Bank Group;
  3. Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000) Sponsored by A. Charles Baillie;
  4. Norma Fleck Award For Canadian Children's Non-Fiction ($10,000) Sponsored by the Fleck Family Foundation;
  5. Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000) Sponsored by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Bilson Endowment Fund;
  6. John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000) Sponsored by John Spray; and
  7. Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy ($5,000)  Sponsored by HarperCollins Canada.

Here are the short lists for each award category, as announced by the Canadian Children's Book Centre today:

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War
Written by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books
Ages 11+


One Year in Coal Harbour
Written by Polly Horvath
Groundwood Books
Ages 9-13



The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Written by Susin Nielsen
Tundra Books
Ages 11+


The Stamp Collector
Written by Jennifer Lanthier
Illustrated by François Thisdale
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Ages 8+


Virginia Wolf
Written by Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Kids Can Press
Ages 5-10









  Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse 

À la recherche du bout du monde
Written by Michel Noël
Éditions Hurtubise HMH
Ages 11+






 
La clé à molette
Written and illustrated by Élise Gravel
Éditions La courte échelle
Ages 7+



Jane, le renard & moi
Written by Fanny Britt
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Éditions La Pastèque
Ages 11+






Mingan, mon village
Poems by Inuit schoolchildren
Illustrated by Rogé
Éditions de la Bagnole
Ages 9+




Tu me prends en photo
Written by Marie-Francine Hébert
Illustrated by Jean-Luc Trudel
Éditions Les 400 coups
Ages 10+









Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

Mr. King’s Things
Written and illustrated by Geneviève Côté
Kids Can Press
Ages 3-7


Mr. Zinger’s Hat
Written by Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Dušan Petričić
Tundra Books
Ages 4-8

The Stamp Collector
Written by Jennifer Lanthier
Illustrated by François Thisdale
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Ages 8+





Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe
Written and illustrated by Wallace Edwards 
Orca Book Publishers 
Ages 4-8


Virginia Wolf
Written by Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Kids Can Press
Ages 5-10









Norma Fleck Award For Canadian Children's Non-Fiction

Going Up! Elisha Otis’s Trip to the Top
(Great Idea)
Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by David Parkins
Tundra Books
Ages 6-10

Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story
Written by Martin Springett
Photographs by Isobel Springett
Puffin Canada
Ages 5-8


Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War
Written by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books
Ages 11+



Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death – The Story of Steven Truscott
(Real Justice)
Written by Bill Swan
James Lorimer 
Ages 13+



Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport
Written by Deborah Hodge
Tundra Books
Ages 10+










Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction 
for Young People

A Call to Battle: The War of 1812, Alexander MacKay, Upper Canada, 1812
(I Am Canada)
Written by Gillian Chan
Scholastic Canada
Ages 10-14


 
 
The Lynching of Louie Sam
Written by Elizabeth Stewart
Annick Press
Ages 12+



Making Bombs for Hitler
Written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Scholastic Canada
Ages 9-14



Violins of Autumn
Written by Amy McAuley
Walker Publishing Company, Inc.
Ages 12+



Yesterday’s Dead
Written by Pat Bourke
Second Story Press
Ages 10-14










John Spray Mystery Award

Becoming Holmes  
(The Boy Sherlock Holmes) 
Written by Shane Peacock
Tundra Books 
Ages 11-14





Breakaway
Written by Michael Betcherman
Razorbill / Penguin Group
Ages 13+



Devil’s Pass 
(Seven the series)
Written by Sigmund Brouwer
Orca Book Publishers
Ages 12-14


The Lynching of Louie Sam
Written by Elizabeth Stewart
Annick Press
Ages 12+







Neil Flambé and the Tokyo Treasure
(The Neil Flambé Capers)
Written and illustrated by Kevin Sylvester
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Ages 8-13








Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Girl With Borrowed Wings
Written by Rinsai Rossetti 
Dial Books
Ages 14+

Island of Doom
(The Hunchback Assignments IV)
Written by Arthur Slade
HarperCollins Publishers
Ages 11-14



Rebel Heart
(Dustlands)
Written by Moira Young
Doubleday Canada
Ages 14+



Seraphina
Written by Rachel Hartman
Doubleday Canada
Ages 14+



Shadows Cast by Stars
Written by Catherine Knutsson
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Ages 12+








Hosted by the Canadian Children's Book Centre and TD Bank Group, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards will celebrate great Canadian children's books and present the winners of the awards on the evenings of October 22 and October 29 2013 in Toronto and Montreal, respectively.