Thursday, November 19, 2009

KidLit at its finest

The winners of the Canadian Children's Book Awards were announced tonight at a gala in Toronto. I haven't been to many book awards ceremonies, but I would certainly go back to this one. Sponsored by TD Financial Group and MC'd by CBC's Eleanor Wachtel (host of Writers and Company), the food was delicious, the drinks were plentiful and the books being honoured were fantastic.

Children's literature doesn't seem to make the news the same was as the big Canadian literary prizes do, but so much of who I am now started with the books I read and was read as a child. In fact, a lot of my childhood memories involve books and I'm always a little surprised when I find out a friend doesn't know what I'm talking about when I make reference to my childhood favourites.

Good children's literature deserves to be celebrated not only because it often acts as the first step in a lifetime enjoyment of reading, but because good children's literature is something that children can enjoy alone or with their family and/or friends. Bedtime stories were a big deal in my house and I have no doubt that it was my parents' enthusiasm for reading that got me hooked so early on.

The awards for children's books may not be as hyped as the Giller Award or the Governor General's Award, but they are important. And, like many of the nominated books, they are so much fun!

Here's a list of the nominees and the winners of the four awards (in the order they were presented):

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction ($10,000)
Winner: The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland; published by Annick Press
Nominees:
Inuksuk Journey: An Artist at the Top of the World written and illustrated by Mary Wallace; published by Maple Tree Press
No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed As Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure written by Susan Hughes and illustrated by Willow Dawson; published by Kids Can Press
One Hen: How One Small Loan Mad a Big Difference written by Katie Smith Milway and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes; published by Kids Can Press
Royal Murder: The Deadly Intrigue of Ten Sovereigns by Elizabeth MacLeod

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000)
Winner: The Landing by John Ibbitson; published by Kids Can Press
Nominees:
The Ancient Ocean Blues by Jack Mitchell; published by Tundra Books
The Apprentice's Masterpiece: A Story of Medieval Spain by Melanie Little; published by Annick Press
Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji; published by Second Story Press
Greener Grass: The Famine Years by Caroline Pignat; published by Red Deer Press

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)
Winner: Mattland written by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert and illustrated by Dusan Petricic; published by Annick Press
Nominees:
Chicken, Pig, Cow written and illustrated by Ruth Ohi; published by Annick Press
It's Moving Day! written by Pamela Hickman and illustrated by Geraldo Valério; published by Kids Can Press
Shin-chi's Canoe written by Nicola I. Campbell and illustrated by Kim LaFave; published by Groundwood Books
Thing-Thing written by Cary Fagan and illustrated by Nicholas Debon; published by Tundra Books

TD Canadian Children's Literature Award ($25,000 each for English- and French-language winners)
English-language winner: Shin-chi's Canoe written by Nicola I. Campbell and illustrated by Kim LaFave; published by Groundwood Books
English-language nominees:
Death in the Air (The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Second Case) by Shane Peacock; published by Tundra Books
Libertad by Alma Fullerton; published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Thing-Thing written by Cary Fagan and illustrated by Nicholas Debon; published by Tundra Books
Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen; published by Tundra Books
French-language winner: Chère Traudi written and illustrated by Anne Villeneuve; published by Éditions Les 400 Coups
French-language nominees:
La Clé written by Angèle Delaunois and illustrated by Christine Delezenne; published by Éditions de l'Isatis
L'Étoile de Sarajevo written by Jacques Pasquet and illustrated by Pierre Pratt; published by Éditions Dominique et compagnie
La Nouveau parapluie de Floup written by Carole Tremblay and illustrated by Steve Beshwaty; published by Éditions Imagine
La Vraie histoire de Léo Pointu written and illustrated by Rogé; published by Éditions Dominique et compagnie

1 comment:

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