Toronto (November 7, 2014) – The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is thrilled to announce the winners of its six English-language children’s book awards. The TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award was given to author Kathy Stinson and illustrator Dušan Petričić, who took home the $30,000 prize for their picture book, The Man with the Violin (Annick Press); an additional $12,500 was divided between the winning book’s publisher and the other four nominees. Five other awards were given out:
- How To by Julie Morstad won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)
- The Last Train: A Holocaust Story by Rona Arato won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000)
- Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction For Young People ($5,000)
- Who I’m Not by Ted Staunton won the John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000)
- Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow won the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy ($5,000)
The winners were announced last night at a gala event, hosted by the CBC’s Shelagh Rogers, at The Carlu in Toronto. The event marked the 10th anniversary of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards, and a total of $92,500 was given out. At a gala event in Montreal last week, the CCBC also awarded the $30,000 Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse to Andrée Poulin for La plus grosse poutine du monde (Bayard Canada), with another $12,500 divided between Poulin’s publisher and four other nominees. (Click here for more information.)
For the second year, TD Bank Group partnered with CBC Books to present the CBC Fan Choice Award. Young readers were asked to pick their favourite book from the shortlisted TD Award titles in an online poll. One lucky entrant, Jaxen Hartwig of Mitchell, Ontario, won a trip to Toronto to see the $5,000 CBC Fan Choice Award presented to Andrew Larsen and Dušan Petričić for their picture book, In the Tree House.
The gala also brought a long-awaited announcement from CCBC President Daryl Novak. In 2015, the CCBC will launch the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, after a year-long fundraising campaign by volunteer Amy Mathers, who has been reading and reviewing a teen book every day since January. The new award will present $5,000 to the most distinguished Canadian teen book of the year.