Tuesday was a big day in Canadian fiction. The Giller Prize Short List was announced and so were the winners of the Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards. I was really rooting for Spork for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, but that was taken home by I Know Here (CAN, JP, US) by Laurel Croza and Matt James. I have to buy that now!
This month there is a children's book award nomination process that is open to bloggers. Have you heard of the Cybils? They are children and adult literary awards given by bloggers! The first round of nominations is taking place right now, until Oct. 15. Then the famous bloggers go through and choose the short list of all that are nominated. It's pretty interesting to watch the process.
I nominated Dogs Don't Eat Jam and Other Things Big Kids Know (CAN, JP, US) by Sarah Tsiang and Qin Leng. Sound familiar? Qin Leng is the illustrator of the short story I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, Down at The Beach, which my kids and I love.
I'm hoping it's not the only Canadian book on the list, but so far I haven't spied any others (they may be in stealth mode).
Do you have a children's book or YA fiction book you love that was published in the last year? Go nominate it!