The 2023 Shortlists for the CCBC Book Awards Honour Excellence in Canadian Books for Young People
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (September 12, 2023) —The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the finalists for the following seven major awards celebrating Canadian books for young people:
- TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($50,000)
- Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)
- Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000)
- Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000)
- Amy Mathers Teen Book Award ($5,000)
- Jean Little First-Novel Award ($5,000)
- Arlene Barlin Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy ($5,000)
The nominated titles represent the exceptional quality of the work by Canadian creators from across the country. Each nominated title will capture the imaginations of young readers and was chosen by our juries to represent the best in their category.
“Congratulations to all of the finalists for the 2023 CCBC Book Awards,” says Urve Tamberg, President of the CCBC’s Board of Directors. “This year’s shortlisted titles celebrate outstanding contributions to Canadian children's literature. Compelling and groundbreaking, these books illuminate the diverse experiences young people experience today from coast to coast. This year's books are both relevant and inspiring, yet also brimming with wonder and delight. Most importantly, they are narratives that will resonate with young readers and challenge them to see the world from a different perspective."
"Congratulations to all nominees and the finalists of these literary awards, including the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award," says Robyn Small, Senior Manager, Philanthropy (Canada), TD Bank Group. "We appreciate your creativity, passion and contributions to Canadian literature and towards helping young readers learn and fall in love with reading. At TD, we believe in helping set children up earlier for success through access to opportunities that can improve reading and help set their foundation both in school and in life. That's why we're proud to support the CCBC through the TD Ready Commitment.”
In an effort to ensure that all youth have access to great Canadian children’s literature, the CCBC is continuing its partnership with the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA). Accessible formats for youth with print disabilities will be available in CELA’s library catalogue for the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.
The winners of the awards will be announced at an in-person event at One King West Hotel & Residence on Monday, October 23 hosted by author, poet and motivational speaker Wali Shah. ASL interpretation will be provided for this event. Tickets go on sale the week of September 25. Space is limited.
Once again, we are partnering with our sister organization Communication-Jeunesse to organize our French-language award: the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse. The shortlist for this prize will be released on October 18, with the winner being announced virtually on November 8.
Overall, $112,500 in prize monies will be awarded on October 23. An additional $62,500 will be awarded during the Prix TD ceremony on November 8. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is proud to share the nominated titles and the juries’ notes. The finalists for each award are listed below.
For more information, please contact:
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
416-975-0010 ext. 2