Thursday, 26 January 2017

2017 Winners of ALA awards for young people announced

Each year at the American Library Association's midwinter meeting, the ALA honours books for young people with a full roster of awards including the:
  • John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature
  • Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children
  • Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
  • Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults
  • Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award recognizing an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults
  • Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience (three age categories: Ages 0-10; Ages 11-13; Ages 13-18)
  • Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children's video
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults
  • May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children's literature
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States
  • Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States
  • Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience
  • Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children
  • Stonewall Book Award -Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book
  • William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults, ages 12 – 18
Today, the ALA Youth Media Awards were announced and included only one title by a Canadian author.


Robin Stevenson 

for the selection of

PRIDE: Celebrating Diversity and Community
by Robin Stevenson
published by Orca Book Publishers


Stonewall Book Award -
Mike Morgan & Larry Romans 
Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award 
Honour Book

as an English-language children’s and young adult book of exceptional merit 
relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience

Thursday, 17 November 2016

2016 TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards: Winners announced

Last night, a spectacular youngCanLit celebration was held at The Carlu in Toronto.  It was the 2016 TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards, hosted by the Canadian Children's Book Centre and the TD Bank Group and emceed by Shelagh Rogers from CBC Radio's The Next Chapter.  These awards honour a plethora of youngCanLit authors and illustrators who share those honours with their peers and a multitude of publishers, publicists, literacy experts, librarians, teachers and bloggers who sing their praises.

Before the awards were presented, the selection for this year's TD Grade 1 Book Giveaway was announced. In the next month or so, over half a million Grade 1 students (very fortunate ones, I might add) across Canada will be receiving a copy of this incredible picture book about acceptance and tolerance, Small Saul.

Small Saul
by Ashley Spires
Kids Can Press

Finally, the first award was presented, the Fan Choice award, a young readers' selection from the finalists for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.  The winner, selected by over 2000 young readers, was

The Nest 
Written by Kenneth Oppel
Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Then the winners of other eight major children's book awards were announced (though the winner of the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse had been awarded last week in Montreal).

Congratulations to the following winners
(as well as the finalists from which the winners were chosen!)

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($30,000) Sponsored by TD Bank Group

Missing Nimâmâ 
by Melanie Florence
Illustrated by François Thisdale
Clockwise Press

Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse ($30,000) Sponsored by TD Bank Group

par Jacques Goldstyn
Éditions de la Pastèque

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000) Sponsored by A. Charles Baillie

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox
by Danielle Daniel
Groundwood Books
Reviewed here

Norma Fleck Award For Canadian Children's Non-Fiction ($10,000) Sponsored by the Fleck Family Foundation

Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You 
by Cory Silverberg
Illustrated by Fiona Smyth
Seven Stories Press

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000) Sponsored by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Bilson Endowment Fund

Uncertain Soldier 
by Karen Bass
Pajama Press

John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000) Sponsored by John Spray of Mantis Investigation Agency

The Blackthorn Key 
by Kevin Sands

Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy ($5,000)  Sponsored by HarperCollins Canada

The Scorpion Rules 
by Erin Bow
Margaret K. McElderry Books

Amy Mathers Teen Book Award ($5,000) Sponsored by Amy Mathers' Marathon of Books

The Truth Commission 
by Susan Juby
Razorbill Canada

Congratulations to all authors, illustrators, 
publishers and readers.  
We're all winners when we celebrate youngCanLit!

Monday, 31 October 2016

2016 Governor General's Literary Awards: Winners announced

The Governor General's Literary Awards are Canada's national book awards, honouring the best of our literature in seven categories, in both official languages.  On October 25, 2016, the winners of the 2016 Governor General's Literary Awards, English and French, were announced on the Canada Council website.

Congratulations to the winners of the Children's Literature: Text and Children's Literature: Illustration awards, for both English and French:

English Children’s Literature: Text

Martine Leavitt



Groundwood Books

English Children’s Literature: Illustration 

Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka


Tokyo Digs a Garden

Groundwood Books

French Children's Literature: Text 

François Gilbert
Hare Krishna

Leméac Éditeur

French Children's Literature: Illustration

Stéphanie Lapointe et Rogé
Grand-père et la Lune

Les Éditions XYZ