Sep 7, 2013

2013 Canadian Children's Book Centre Award Finalists

Today the finalists for the 2013 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards were announced. These are the major cankidlit awards, and there are seven categories including the main TD Canadian Children's Literature Award (English) and Prix TD de litt√©rature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse (French), as well as the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award,  Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, John Spray Mystery Award, and Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. The winners will be announced at the end of October. You can find the full list of finalists here.

What's really exciting is this year for the first time, there is a Fan Choice Award, picked by kids! My son is really excited, I hope he is able to vote once the online poll starts on Monday September 9.

For the last couple of years, I have tried to review the picture books nominated for these awards, and I will try to do the same again this year, although sometimes it's hard to get all of these books to Japan!

For the first time, books I have reviewed already are on the list. I wonder if this means my taste is improving or that of the jury is! LOL



Virginia Wolf, which was at the top of my list of the best picture books of 2012, has been nominated in two different categories; the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. 

Going Up! Elisha Otis' Trip to the Top, from Monica Kulling, is a finalist for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction. It blends history, science, and a moral about perseverance!


I also recently reviewed the English version of Jane, le renard & moi (Jane, the fox, & me), which is an amazing and authentic look at bullying in schools, nominated for the Prix TD de litt√©rature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse.

Have you read any of the finalists? Anything left off the list that you think deserves to be here?




2 comments:

  1. I am hopeless about choosing short-listed winners in Australia's book awards. I have always wished they would consult me but sadly that will never happen. However, in your case, I'm totally prepared to believe the jury is improving!

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    1. I've never picked a winner from the short list though!

      Does Australia have a kidlit-specific award like this?

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