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Finalists announced for 2010 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (July 15, 2010) â The Canadian Childrenâs Book Centre (CCBC) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 TD Canadian Childrenâs Literature Award, Prix TD de littĂ©rature canadienne pour lâenfance et la jeunesse, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Childrenâs Non-Fiction and Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.
The winners of the English-language awards will be announced at an invitation-only gala event at The Carlu in Toronto on November 9, 2010. The winners of the Prix TD de literature canadienne pour lâenfance et la jeunesse will be announced at an invitation-only gala event at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal on November 2, 2010. Overall, $110,000 in prize monies will be awarded.
This yearâs nominated titles will captivate the hearts and imaginations of children and adults everywhere. Among the finalists are stories introducing readers to dragons, pirates and a delicious bug; a cozy, neighbourhood grocery store; an endearing pig and bunny who both struggle with self-acceptance; holocaust survivors and their engrossing personal stories; a small town haunted by the paranormal; a young Sherlock Holmes on the streets on Victorian London; and a bratty bully and the sister-duo who put her in her place.
The books on these shortlists exemplify some of the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. The Canadian Childrenâs Book Centre is proud to share these titles with you.
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TD CANADIAN CHILDRENâS LITERATURE AWARD ($25,000)
Sponsored by TD Bank Financial Group
Dragon SeerWritten by Janet McNaughton (St. Johnâs, NL)HarperCollins Publishersfor ages 11 and upâA beautifully written, magical fantasy that brings ancient history to lifeâŠ this Celtic fantasy is imbued with a mythological history mixing Vikings, dragons and dragon seersâŠ with well-drawn characters and page-turning plot, McNaughton delivers a gem rarer than a shining dragonâs egg.â
Home FreeWritten by Sharon Jennings (Toronto, ON)Second Story Pressfor ages 10 â 13âHome Free is a fantastic contribution to Canadian childrenâs literatureâŠ Jennings convincingly creates an authentic childâs point of view and perceptions in this dramatic coming-of-age narrative imbued with the power of language, words, and emotions.â
The Hunchback AssignmentsWritten by Arthur Slade (Saskatoon, SK)HarperCollins Publishersfor ages 11 and upâSlade sets this first novel of a fantasy series in the genre of steampunk, a darkly disturbing Victorian parallel universe with a focus on mechanical invention, steam power, and underworld politics and cabalsâŠ The novelâs characters are grotesque and dramaticâŠ the tone is grippingly suspenseful.â
A Thousand Years of PiratesWritten and illustrated by William Gilkerson (Mahone Bay, NS)Tundra Booksfor ages 10 â 14âA beautifully illustrated treasure trove of informationâŠ Chronicles the history of piracy from the time of the Vikings to the present dayâŠ This clear and compelling cross-over [history] for all ages includes not only biographical and dramatic narratives, but also the rarely-told sordid and sad details of piracy.â
Watching JimmyWritten by Nancy Hartry (Toronto, ON)Tundra Booksfor ages 11-13âWatching Jimmy is a masterful exploration of the impact a young girlâs voice can have when she is supported by adult alliesâŠ A suspenseful novel of loyalty, determination and compassionâŠ Hartry creates a memorable portrayal of the secret subculture of childhoodâŠ A profound and powerful story.â
JURY MEMBERS: Nancy Cohen, Children's Librarian, Moncton Public Library; Dr. Dave Jenkinson, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba; Josiane Polidori, Head, Children's Literature, Library and Archives Canada; Judith Saltman, Associate Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, and Chair, Master of Arts in Childrenâs Literature Program, University of British Columbia; Dr. Michelle Superle, Part-time Instructor, Children's Studies Program, York University and Vice President of IBBY Canada.
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PRIX TD DE LITTĂRATURE CANADIENNE POUR LâENFANCE ET LA JEUNESSE ($25,000)
Sponsored by TD Bank Financial Group
Comme toi!Written and illustrated by GeneviĂšve CĂŽtĂ© (Montreal, QC)Ăditions Scholastic for ages 2 and upÂ« Sâenviant un et lâautre, Cochon et Lapin dĂ©cident dâinterchanger leur personnalitĂ©âŠ Cet album procure un enthousiasme communicatif. Riche en Ă©motions soutenues par un esthĂ©tisme aux lignes claires, dĂ©pouillĂ© dâextravagance et extrĂȘmement Ă©loquent, il arrive Ă faire ressentir avec justesse et doigtĂ© la sensibilitĂ© des tout-petits. Des astuces de lâillustration empreintes dâhumour aux effets rythmiques du texte. Â»
Le gĂ©raniumWritten by MĂ©lanie Tellier (Montreal, QC)Illustrated by Melinda Josie (Toronto, ON)Ăditions Marchand de feuillesfor ages 5 and upÂ« Cet Ă©lĂ©gant album est une vĂ©ritable cĂ©lĂ©bration Ă la vie et Ă ses dĂ©tours fĂ©conds. Un album riche en rĂ©fĂ©rents culturels qui prennent assises sur des illustrations connotant une Ă©poque rĂ©volue, Ă©voquant lâaventure et le voyage. Ambassadeur dâune ouverture dâesprit, lâoriginalitĂ© du rĂ©cit tient dans la poĂ©sie dâun langage aux sonoritĂ©s profondes liĂ©e Ă la finesse des sous-entendus. Â»
Monsieur LeloupWritten and illustrated by Philippe BĂ©ha (Montreal, QC)Ăditions Fidesfor ages 3 and upÂ« AidĂ© de ses acolytes, dignes reprĂ©sentants des personnages puisĂ©s Ă mĂȘme quelques contes classiques, lâauteur-illustrateur sâamuse Ă ridiculiser ce grand mĂ©chant loup en lâexposant Ă des situations burlesques. Ce conte rĂ©inventĂ©, aux illustrations loufoques et colorĂ©es, au scĂ©nario simple et efficace, propose une morale digne des classiques qui lâont inspirĂ©. Il saura plaire aux petits comme aux grands. Â»
RĂȘver Ă l'envers, c'est encore rĂȘverWritten by Guy Marchamps (Trois-RiviĂšres, QC)Illustated by Marie-Claude Favreau (Montreal, QC)SouliĂšres Ă©diteurfor ages 5 and upÂ« Ce recueil de poĂ©sie vivifiant donne envie de lire Ă voix haute, juste pour le plaisir dâen faire ressortir les sonoritĂ©s chantantes, Ă la faĂ§on dâun rap pour enfants. TirĂ©s dâobservations du quotidien Ă hauteur dâenfants, les poĂšmes qui le composent demeurent toujours Ă leur portĂ©e et traduisent bien leur imaginaire espiĂšgle. La complicitĂ© entre le texte et les illustrations propose une joyeuse combinaison de rires toute en clins dâĆil. Â»
Venus d'ailleursWritten by AngĂšle Delaunois (Montreal, QC)Photography by Martine Doyon (Montreal, QC)Ăditions Hurtubisefor ages 6 and upÂ« NĂ© dâun projet communautaire rassembleur, ce documentaire est une voix de plus pour chanter lâenrichissante diversitĂ© que reprĂ©sentent les nouveaux arrivants : des enfants de lâimmigration prennent la parole, sous la plume enveloppante de lâauteure, pour sâinscrire dans la sociĂ©tĂ© quĂ©bĂ©coise. Une pensĂ©e pour le pays dâorigine, Ă jamais vivant dans leur ĂȘtre, une autre pour la vie maintenant, une identitĂ© en devenir. Les inspirantes photographies crĂ©ent une ambiance chaleureuse et riante. Â»
JURY MEMBERS: Todd Kyle, Childrenâs Book Specialist and Librarian; Danielle Marcotte, Childrenâs Books Consultant; Brigitte Moreau, school librarian; Benoit St-Aubin, Bookseller; Danielle Vaillancourt, Childrenâs Literature Specialist and storyteller.
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MARILYN BAILLIE PICTURE BOOK AWARD ($20,000)
Sponsored by A. Charles Baillie
The Delicious BugWritten and illustrated by Janet Perlman (Montreal, QC)Kids Can Pressfor ages 4 and upâThis playful combination of graphic style and picture book humorously explores friends in conflict over a...delicious bug!... The stylishly integrated comic-strip details and hilarious plot turns bring fabulous contemporary flair to a timeless taleâŠ An engaging story with an amusing resolution.â
Me and YouWritten and illustrated by GeneviĂšve CĂŽtĂ© (Montreal, QC)Kids Can Pressfor ages 2 â 6 âCĂŽtĂ©'s dynamic, enchanting art is full of ingenious ideas and highly endearing images, which raise her classic exploration of childhood identity to starry heightsâŠ The art and lucid text contribute to the story with an equally bouncy lightness bound to delight any readerâŠ A warm and gentle tale to reassure little ones that they are special just the way they are.â
Our Corner Grocery StoreWritten by Joanne Schwartz (Toronto, ON)Illustrated by Laura Beingessner (Toronto, ON)Tundra Booksfor ages 4 â 8âIn this endearing book, the grocery store is the cornerstone of the neighbourhood, a place where people come together in the daily act of livingâŠ A vivid slice of life packed with sensory delights, neighbourly warmth, and children's pleasures... Beingessner's detailed illustrations overflow with charm, brilliantly capturing the sights, sounds and gentle emotions of this busy and completely satisfying day.â
Timmerman Was HereWritten by Colleen Sydor (Winnipeg, MB)Illustrated by Nicolas Debon (Saint-Denis, France)Tundra Booksfor ages 4 â 8 âTimmerman Was Here tells a suspenseful story using a compelling narrative voiceâŠ The heroine's simple, eloquent first-person narrative grabs the reader from the opening lines, while the artist's exquisite, softly lit images flow effortlessly across the pages with affecting beautyâŠ A truly memorable book.â
You're Mean, Lily JeanWritten by Frieda Wishinsky (Toronto, ON)Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton (Peterborough, ON)Scholastic Canadafor ages 3 â 8 âThis appealing picture book deals with the dynamics of friendship, empowering children to break the cycle of bully behaviourâŠ Wishinsky's meticulously crafted dialogue is so authentic each word rings true, while Denton's superlative illustrations are comically brilliant and perfectly expressive.â
JURY MEMBERS: Mariella Bertelli, storyteller and Head Librarian, Spadina Branch, Toronto Public Library; Sheba Meland, Children's Publishing and Editorial Consultant; Janis Nostbakken, Children's Media Specialist.
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NORMA FLECK AWARD FOR CANADIAN CHILDRENâS NON-FICTION ($10,000)
Sponsored by the Fleck Family Foundation
Adventures on the Ancient Silk RoadWritten by Priscilla Galloway (Toronto, ON) with Dawn Hunter (Toronto, ON)Annick Pressfor ages 10 and upâAn exquisite, informative and delightful account of the history behind China's famed Silk RoadâŠ. Chock full of fascinating visualsâŠ With an eye-catching layout, accessible text and a fresh take on history, this book will engage readers of all ages.â
Born to Write: The Remarkable Lives of Six Famous AuthorsWritten by Charis Cotter (Toronto, ON)Annick Pressfor ages 9 and upâThis fascinating compilation of author biographies brings to life six beloved authors spanning different time periods and genresâŠ Fascinating and intriguing information with superb visual accompanimentsâŠ Each short biography reads like fiction.â
Follow That Map! A First Book of Mapping SkillsWritten and illustrated by Scot Ritchie (Vancouver, BC)Kids Can Pressfor ages 4 â 7 âA unique, child-friendly approach to the basics of map readingâŠ The text and art present an everyday subject with humour and clarityâŠ The picture book format, along with bright and lively illustrations, makes this challenging topic fun to learn.â
A Thousand Years of PiratesWritten and illustrated by William Gilkerson (Mahone Bay, NS)Tundra Booksfor ages 10 â 14 âThe combination of strong storytelling and beautiful artwork and design make this an appealing book for children of all agesâŠ Unparalleled in the presentation of pirate historyâŠ Gilkerson successfully weaves together fascinating tales to bring life and context to these adventurers of the high seas.â
Whispers from the GhettosWritten by Kathy Kacer (Toronto, ON) and Sharon E. McKay (Kilbride, ON)Puffin Canadafor ages 12 and upâAn inspiring and authentic presentation of the lives of Holocaust survivors who survived the atrocities committed during WWII and lived to tell their storiesâŠ These engrossing personal stories are touching, heart-breaking and ultimately full of hope and renewal... An emotionally and highly engaging read from two master authors.â
JURY MEMBERS: Julia Beck, Research and Library Consultant; Mala Dayal, teacher-librarian, Peel District School Board; Wendy Mason Geoghegan, Children's Specialist, Indigo Books; Rachel Seigel, Selection Manager, S&B Books; Frieda Wishinsky, author of Please, Louise!, winner of the 2008 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award.
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GEOFFREY BILSON AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ($5,000)
Sponsored by the Canadian Childrenâs Book Centreâs Bilson Endowment Fund
Bitter, SweetWritten by Laura Best (Springfield, NS)Nimbus Publishingfor ages 10 and upâA beautifully crafted novel set in 1948 in Nova Scotia told by Pru, a young girl trying to keep her siblings together after their father abandons them and their mother diesâŠ Best has masterfully created a sense of time and placeâŠ The characters are thoughtfully developed and their relationships to each other skilfully described.â
CrusadeWritten by John Wilson (Lantzville, BC)Key Porter Booksfor ages 13 and upâAn action-packed novelâŠ Wilson takes up one of the classic situations of historical novels: two young friends make different life choices and find themselves on opposite sides in a great historic conflictâŠ Vividly characterized, skillfully plotted, and set against a warmly evoked historical landscape.â
HauntedWritten by Barbara Haworth-Attard (London, ON)HarperTrophyCanadafor ages 13 and upâThis gripping novel is a fascinating mix of genres: paranormal, crime thriller, historical fiction and a gentle romanceâŠ The characters are believable, the setting ominous, and the reader is kept guessing right to the very end of the story. Haworth-Attard has revealed a small town community where superstition and fear of the unknown combine with terrifying circumstances to create suspicion between neighbours and friendsâ
Vanishing Girl(The Boy Sherlock Holmes, Book 3)Written by Shane Peacock (Baltimore, ON)Tundra Booksfor ages 9 and upâThe sinister side of Victorian London comes to life on the pages of Vanishing Girl... Both its aristocratic society and dark underbelly are perfectly describedâŠ Beautifully written and fast-pacedâŠ Peacock delves into the young mind of one of the best-known characters in literatureâŠ The story is well-plotted, with plenty of action, adventure and plot twists.â
Watching JimmyWritten by Nancy Hartry (Toronto, ON)Tundra Booksfor ages 11-13âA short, but powerful coming-of-age novel... Hartry has created memorable characters, carefully weaving family relationships tinged by fear and guilt... This is a moving â and fast-moving â story, alive with the fears and uncertainties of life in Canada soon after the Second World WarâŠ A thoughtful read.â
JURY MEMBERS: Merle Harris, storyteller and author; Christopher Moore, author; Kimberly Sutherland-Mills, Children's and Teen Services Librarian, Kingston Frontenac Public Library; Gail de Vos (chair) , storyteller and professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta.
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TD CANADIAN CHILDRENâS LITERATURE AWARD
The TD Canadian Childrenâs Literature Award was established in 2005 to honour the most distinguished book of the year for children aged 1 to 12. Entries are judged on the quality of the text and illustrations and the bookâs overall contribution to literature. All books for children, in any genre, written by a Canadian, are eligible for the award. The winning book receives $25,000 and an additional $10,000 is divided amongst the honour books. The publisher of the winning book receives $2,500 for promotional purposes.
MARILYN BAILLIE PICTURE BOOK AWARD
The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award honours excellence in the illustrated picture book format, for children aged 3 to 8. Charles Baillie, retired Chairman and CEO of TD Bank Financial Group, is delighted to give the prize in his wife Marilynâs name. As an award-winning childrenâs book author and an early learning specialist, Marilyn is involved in and passionate about childrenâs literature. The winning book receives $20,000.
NORMA FLECK AWARD FOR CANADIAN CHILDRENâS NON-FICTION
The Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Childrenâs Non-Fiction was established by the Fleck Family Foundation in 1999 to recognize Canadaâs exceptional non-fiction books for young people. The award honours Norma Fleck (1906-1998), who inspired a deep love of reading in her children and grandchildren. Dr. James Fleck, who initiated the award, is the son of Norma Fleck. The winning book receives $10,000.
GEOFFREY BILSON AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
The Geoffrey Bilson Award was established in 1988 in memory of the respected historian and children's author, Geoffrey Bilson. The $5,000 prize is awarded annually to the Canadian author of an outstanding work of historical fiction for young people. In 2005, the Bilson Endowment Fund was created to support this award. If you wish to contribute to this fund, please contact the CCBC.
THE CANADIAN CHILDRENâS BOOK CENTRE
The Canadian Childrenâs Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit organization and registered charity founded in 1976 to promote, support and encourage the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for children and teens. With book collections and extensive resources in five cities across Canada, the CCBC is a treasure-trove for anyone interested in Canadian books for young readers. For more information, please visit www.bookcentre.ca.
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