November 07, 2014

Winners of 2014 TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards

Tonight, the Canadian Children's Book Centre, our nationally-renowned authority on all things related to youngCanLit, and the TD Bank Group announced the winners of the 2014 TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards. (Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l'enfance et la jeunesse was announced days earlier in Montreal.)

The children's book awards include the following:
  1. TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($30,000) Sponsored by TD Bank Group;
  2. TD Canadian Children's Literature Fan Choice Award Sponsored by CBC;
  3. Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse ($30,000) Sponsored by TD Bank Group;
  4. Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000) Sponsored by A. Charles Baillie;
  5. Norma Fleck Award For Canadian Children's Non-Fiction ($10,000) Sponsored by the Fleck Family Foundation;
  6. Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000) Sponsored by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Bilson Endowment Fund;
  7. John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000) Sponsored by John Spray; and
  8. Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy ($5,000)  Sponsored by HarperCollins Canada.

Congratulations to the Winners in each category!

TD Canadian Children’s 
Literature Award

The Man with the Violin
by Kathy Stinson
Illustrated by Dušan Petričić
Annick Press

In the Tree House
by Andrew Larsen
Illustrated by Dušan Petričić
Kids Can Press

  Prix TD de littérature canadienne 
pour l’enfance et la jeunesse 

La plus grosse poutine du monde
par André Poulin
Bayard Canada

Marilyn Baillie 
Picture Book Award

How To
by Julie Morstad
Simply Read Books

Norma Fleck Award For 
Canadian Children's Non-Fiction

The Last Train: A Holocaust Story
by Rona Arato
Owlkids Books

Geoffrey Bilson Award for 
Historical Fiction for Young People

Graffiti Knight
by Karen Bass
Pajama Press

John Spray 
Mystery Award

Who I'm Not
by Ted Staunton
Orca Book Publishers

Monica Hughes Award 
for Science Fiction and Fantasy

Sorrow's Knot 
by Erin Bow
Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic

It was an exciting night for authors, illustrators, publishers, readers, and all of us who are interested in the best of youngCanLit. Hosted by CBC radio host Shelagh Rogers, the Canadian Children's Literature Awards at the Carlu in Toronto was rich with more personalities that I could even count. Some of the authors I can tell you I saw or with whom I spoke (in no particular order) included Lesley Livingston, Adrienne Kress, Rachelle Delaney, Vikki VanSickle, Rebecca Bender, L. M. Falcone, Maureen McGowan, Jocelyn Shipley, Jennifer Maruno, Sylvia McNicoll, Stephanie McLellan, Jennifer Lanthier, Mahtab Narsimhan, Catherine Rondina, Deborah Kerbel, Karen Bass, Erin Bow, Kathy Stinson, Rona Arato, Ted Staunton, Eric Walters, Helaine Becker, Wallace Edwards, Philippa Dowding, Ruth Ohi, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Allan Stratton, Andrew Larsen, Dušan Petričić, Patricia Storms, Julie Morstad, Frieda Wishinsky, Elizabeth Wennick, Natalie Hyde, Cary Fagan, Jo Ellen Bogart, Loris Lesynski, Bill Swan and Jess Keating

And a new award, the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, was announced, commemorating Amy's Marathon of Books (, her endeavour to read one YACanLit a day for one year, having started January 1, 2014.  The new award will be handed out for the first time in 2015.

It was a glorious night of winners for everyone!


  1. If there was any doubt what a national treasure Dusan Petricic is …

    1. Never any question. And the same goes for you too!