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TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

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Administered By:




Award Status:




Contact Info:

Meghan Howe
Library Coordinator
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Suite 217, 40 Orchard View Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4R 1B9
Tel: 416.975.0010 ext. 222
Fax: 416.975.8970

On October 28, 2004 the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and the TD Bank Group announced the establishment of a brand-new annual, children’s book award, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for the most distinguished book of the year. “Distinguished” is defined as marked by conspicuous excellence and/or eminence, individually distinct and noted for significant achievement with excellence in quality.

All books, in any genre, written by a Canadian and for children ages 1 through 12 are eligible. In the case of a picture book, both the author and the illustrator must be Canadian. Only books first published in Canada are eligible for submission.

The grand prize is $30,000 for the most distinguished book written in English and $30,000 for the most distinguished book written in French. In addition, there is a total of $20,000 awarded for honour book winners with a maximum of four books being eligible for the honour list in each language category. (For example, there could be one grand prize winner and one honour book winner in the English-language category with the honour book winner receiving $10,000 or there could be two honour book winners who would each receive a prize of $5,000 and so on up to four honour book winners dividing the $10,000.) This would be the same for the French-language winners. Honour books must also be truly distinguished. $2,500 shall go to the publisher of the grand prize-winning book for promotion and publicity purposes.

There will be five judges for the English-language award and five for the French-language award. In finding the two most distinguished books of the year, the judges will, in their deliberations, consider only the individual book and not the entire body of work by an author nor whether the author has previously won the award.

Previous TD Canadian Children's Literature Award Winners and Finalists


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Books must be published between January 1 and December 31, 2014.

  • Both the author and illustrator (if applicable) must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada (who have lived in Canada for at least two years).
  • Only books published in Canada are eligible for submission. Copyright page/CIP data must reflect this.
  • New editions or re-issues of previously published books are not eligible for submission.
  • First Canadian editions of books previously published or simultaneously published by non-Canadian publishers are eligible for submission provided they are published between January 1 and December 31, 2012. Copyright page/CIP data must reflect this.
  • All genres of books (i.e., picture books, fiction, non-fiction and poetry), written for young people up to age twelve, are eligible for consideration. Teen/young adult books are not eligible for submission. Fiction written for teens/young adults can be submitted to the new Amy Mathers Teen Book Award (provided all other criteria are met). Non-fiction written for teens/young adults can be submitted to the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction (provided all other criteria are met).
  • Books must be in English.
  • Translations are eligible, provided the French edition wasn’t already submitted to the Prix TD de littĂ©rature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse during its eligible year. In the case of simultaneous publication, the publisher holding the original rights takes precedence over the other.
  • In the case of translations, the translator must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (who has lived in Canada for at least two years).
  • Books being submitted for consideration must be original works.
  • Books based on traditional stories will be considered if the book is the result of original research and the retelling and interpretation are the writer’s own.
  • Short story collections by more than one author are not eligible.
  • Books written as part of a series or published in serial form will be judged as separate entries and must function as a ‘stand-alone’ story.
  • Books based on recorded songs are not eligible for submission.
  • The award is only for books in the printed format, as distinct from digital (i.e., eBooks) and audio visual formats.
  • Books in manuscript form are not eligible.
  • All books must have an ISBN.
  • Self-published books are eligible for submission provided they are published in Canada, by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (who has lived in Canada for at least two years), and have a valid ISBN.


In identifying the most distinguished book of the year, each judge shall consider the following criteria for excellence:

  • Quality of the text and illustrations (if present).
  • Interpretation of the theme or concept.
  • Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity and organization.
  • Appropriateness of style and presentation.
  • Books should have distinguished qualities in all of the elements pertinent to it, such as interpretation of theme and concept.
  • Book must be self-contained and not dependent on other media for its enjoyment.
  • Book should have been written for a child audience and should achieve excellence of presentation.
  • Each book is to be considered as a contribution to literature.
  • The popularity of a book and didactic intent are not to be considered.

Submission Information:

The deadline for submissions to the 2015 award (for books published in 2014) was December 17, 2014. We are no longer accepting submissions at this time.

If you have any questions regarding eligibility or the award in general, please contact Meghan Howe at 416.975.0010 ext. 222 or meghan@bookcentre.ca.

Award Recipients

Yearsort iconDetailRecipient
2014English languageKathy Stinson, The Man with the Violin. Illustrated by Duơan Petričić. Toronto: Annick Press, 2013.
2014French languageAndrée Poulin, La plus grosse poutine du monde. Montreal: Bayard Canada, 2013.
2013English languagePolly Horvath, One Year in Coal Harbour. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2012.
2013French languageMichel NoĂ«l, À la recherche du bout du monde. Montreal: Éditions Hurtubise HMH, 2012.
2012English LanguageTrilby Kent, Stones for My Father. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2011.
2012French LanguageMario Brassard, La saison des pluies. Illustrated by Suana Verelst. St-Lambert, QC: SouliĂšres Ă©diteur, 2011.
2011English LanguageErin Bow, Plain Kate. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2010.
2011French LanguageLinda Amyot, La fille d'en face. Montreal: Leméac éditeur, 2010.
2010English LanguageArthur Slade, The Hunchback Assignments. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2009.
2010French LanguageMĂ©lanie Tellier, Le gĂ©ranium. Illustrated by Melinda Josie. MontrĂ©al: Éditions Marchand de feuilles, 2009.
2009English LanguageNicola I. Campbell, Shin-chi's Canoe. Illustrated by Kim LaFave. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2008.
2009French LanguageAnne Villeneuve, Chùre Traudi. Montreal: Éditions Les 400 coups, 2008.
2008English LanguageChristopher Paul Curtis, Elijah of Buxton. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2007.
2008French LanguageGilles Vigneault, Un cadeau pour Sophie. Illustrated by StĂ©phane Jorisch. Montreal: Éditions La montagne secrĂšte, 2007.
2007English LanguageSarah Ellis, Odd Man Out. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2006.
2007French LanguageAndrĂ© Leblanc, L’Envers de la chanson : des enfants au travail 1850-1950. Montreal: Les Ă©ditions Les 400 coups, 2006.
2006English LanguagePamela Porter, The Crazy Man. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2005.
2006French LanguageFrançois Gravel, David et le salon funéraire. Illustrated by Pierre Pratt. St-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2005.
2005English LanguageMarthe Jocelyn, Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril, and Romance. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2004.
2005French LanguageFrançois Barcelo, Le nul et la chipie. Illustrated by Anne Villeneuve. St-Lambert, QC: Souliùres Éditeur, 2004.