October 23, 2013

2013 TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards: Winners announced

Tonight, the Canadian Children's Book Centre and TD Bank Group presented the 2013 CANADIAN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AWARDS at the Carlu in Toronto. A spectacular reception preceded the awards ceremony at which six awards were presented. (Le Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse will be presented next week  in Montreal.)
 
Hosted by CBC's Shelagh Rogers, the program began with addresses by Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair of TD Bank Group and Todd Kyle, President of the Canadian Children's Book Centre and an announcement of the TD Grade One Book Giveaway.

Boy Soup
by Loris Lesynski
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Annick Press

Annually, TD sponsors a Canadian picture book giveaway for all children in Grade One in Canada.  This year the selection that will be distributed to fortunate children in Canada will be Boy Soup by author Loris Lesynski and illustrator Michael Martchenko. 

Then the following book award winners were announced:



TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • $30,000 Award
  • Sponsored by TD Bank Group 
  • Presented by Tim Hockey, President and CEO of TD Canada Trust

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




     Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award   
  • $20,000 Award
  • Sponsored by A. Charles Baillie
  • Presented by Marilyn Baillie



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





Norma Fleck Award For Canadian Children's Non-Fiction
  • $10,000 Award
  • Sponsored by the Fleck Family Foundation
  • Presented by Quinn Fleck and David Fleck

 

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





Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
  • $5,000 Award
  • Sponsored by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Bilson Endowment Fund
  • Presented by  Todd Kylie



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




John Spray Mystery Award
  • $5,000 Award 
  • Sponsored by John Spray, President, Mantis Investigation Agency
  • Presented by John Spray





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






Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • $5,000 Award  
  • Sponsored by HarperCollins Canada
  • Presented by Adrienne Hughes


Winner
 
Seraphina
Written by Rachel Hartman
Doubleday Canada
Ages 14+





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New this year:
The TD Canadian Children's Literature Fan Choice Award 
was presented by fan Annaka Leib from Qu'appelle, Saskatchewan to 


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



Congratulations to these winners and all the finalists for having their youngCanLit recognized as the exceptional reads that they are.

The celebration began with hors-d'oeuvres, drink, chatting, introductions, and ended with champagne, desserts, and congratulations, all to the accompaniment of magical company.  Amongst the hundreds of guests I spoke to, recognized, or remembered were the following authors and/or illustrators: Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Elizabeth Stewart, Rachel Hartman, Monica Kulling, Bill Swan, Jennifer Lanthier, Dušan Petričić, Stephanie McLellan, Tara Anderson, Gillian Chan, Loris Lesynski, Michael Martchenko, Rebecca Bender, Richard Scrimger, Kevin Sylvester, Natalie Hyde, Shane Peacock, Ken Setterington, Catherine Rondina, Mahtab Narsimhan, Hugh Brewster, Nancy Hartry,  Rona Arato, Jocelyn Shipley, Evan Munday, Nancy Runstedler, Vikki VanSickle, Deborah Kerbel, and Barbara Reid.  And it was delightful to meet and chat with so many Canadians passionate about youngCanLit, including publishers, publicists, editors, book sellers, teachers, librarians, literacy specialists and children's lit advocates.  The TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards Celebration is an event I always enjoy, with its richness of words, conversation, appreciation, camaraderie, and encouragement.  

Thanks to the TD Bank Group and the Canadian Children's Book Centre for hosting such a wonderful Canadian event.

1 comment:

shelleyframpton said...

Wow! What an exciting event to attend! All those children's book enthusiasts gathered in one place. Heaven.