The Canada Council for the Arts Reveals the 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award Winners

OTTAWA, Ontario, November 16, 2022—It is with immense pleasure that the Canada Council for the Arts today revealed the 2022 winners of the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks).

The 14 best books published in Canada in 2022 were selected by peer assessment committees that followed a very rigorous process to deliberate and choose them from among the 70 finalists in seven categories, in both English and French.

“It is clear that our world is undergoing an accelerated transformation. We are living in a turbulent social climate, marked by struggles against inequalities. We are confronted daily with many complex phenomena that are more worrisome than ever, including misogyny, gender-based violence, colonialism, racism, the search for identity, and mental health. These are but some of the contemporary themes that are explored by these brilliant GGBooks winners. Once again, I invite you to celebrate the immense talent of these authors and to take a look at these invigorating works that challenge, redefine and question moral and social norms.” — Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts

The winners of English- and French-language children’s/youth categories are listed below.


English-language Winners

Young People’s Literature – Text

The Summer of Bitter and Sweet
Written by Jen Ferguson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) 
Heartdrum/HarperCollins Publishers

Peer assessment committee: Michael Hutchinson, Sharon Jennings and Wesley King

Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books

The Sour Cherry Tree
Written by Naseem Hrab (Toronto, Ontario)
Illustrated by Nahid Kazemi (Montreal, Quebec) 
Owlkids Books 

Peer assessment committee: Kate Beaton, Nhung N. Tran-Davies and Frank Viva

French-language Winners

Young People’s Literature – Text

Cancer ascendant Autruche
Written by Julie Champagne (Mirabel, Quebec)
La courte échelle

Peer assessment committee: Edith Kabuya, Daniel Marchildon and Mireille Villeneuve

Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books

Trèfle
Written by Nadine Robert (Varennes, Quebec)
Illustrated by Qin Leng (Toronto, Ontario)
Comme des géants

Peer assessment committee: David Bouchard, Beatriz Carvalho and Ninon Pelletier


The Canada Council for the Arts contributes to the vibrancy of a creative and diverse arts and literary scene and supports its presence across Canada and around the world. The Council is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to “foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.”

The Council’s grants, services, initiatives, prizes, and payments support Canadian artists, authors, and arts groups and organizations. This support allows them to pursue artistic expression, create works of art, and promote and disseminate the arts and literature.

Through its arts funding, communications, research, and promotion activities, the Council fosters ever-growing engagement of Canadians and international audiences in the arts.

The Council’s Public Lending Right (PLR) program makes annual payments to creators whose works are held in Canadian public libraries.

The Council’s Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts through exhibition and outreach activities.

The Council is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a future of peace, reconciliation, equity, and sustainable development.

Media relations contacts

For interviews with the winners:

Charlene Coy
C2C Communications
charlene@c2ccommunications.com
416-451-1471

Canada Council for the Arts
Communications and Engagement
media@canadacouncil.ca
613-239-3958
1-800-263-5588, ext. 5151

Voici les finalistes 2022 du Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse !

English

POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE : Montréal (le 26 octobre 2022) — Communication-Jeunesse (CJ) et le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien (CLJC) sont heureux d’annoncer les finalistes 2022 du Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse (50 000 $ pour le titre lauréat).

Les titres finalistes représentent la remarquable qualité des oeuvres de créatrices et créateurs d’ici. Chaque titre mis en candidature a apporté une contribution précieuse à la littérature jeunesse canadienne de langue française.

« Merci aux auteur·rice·s et illustrateur·rice·s du Canada pour leur exceptionnelle créativité, déclare Stéphane Masquida, directeur général de Communication-Jeunesse. Merci à leurs maisons d’édition de prendre les risques de la publication et d’avoir soumis leurs créations. Merci aux membres du jury pour leur incroyable sagacité et aux cinq finalistes de représenter fièrement la diversité et la qualité de l’offre jeunesse francophone au Canada. »

Communication-Jeunesse remercie chaleureusement le Groupe Banque TD d’offrir aux créateur·rice·s de littérature jeunesse canadienne de langue française le prix doté de la plus grande bourse.

« Encore une fois, quelle année faste pour la littérature jeunesse anglophone et francophone au Canada ! Toutes nos félicitations aux finalistes du Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse », souligne Sylvie Demers, Présidente, Direction du Québec, Groupe Banque TD. « Dans le cadre de la Promesse TD Prêts à agir, nous sommes fier·ère·s de célébrer le talent et la passion des créateur·rice·s d’ici depuis près de 20 ans en présentant le Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse. Nous sommes persuadé·e·s qu’en investissant dans la littérature pour nos jeunes, nous contribuons à leur offrir un futur plus inclusif, bâti sur de solides fondations. »

Sarah Sahagian, directrice générale du Centre du livre jeunesse canadien, tient également à mettre en lumière la qualité les titres sélectionnés : « Félicitations à tous les finalistes ! À votre façon, vous avez diverti, éduqué et inspiré les jeunes avec vos livres. Nous ne pouvons qu’admirer votre travail et votre grand talent ! »

Le titre lauréat 2022 du Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse sera annoncé lors d’une courte cérémonie virtuelle qui sera présentée sur la page Facebook de Communication-Jeunesse le mardi 15 novembre, à midi (HE).

Communication-Jeunesse et le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien sont fiers de partager les titres finalistes 2022 pour le volet francophone du Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse. Téléchargez le PDF de ce communiqué de presse ice.

Pour plus d’information, veuillez contacter :

Prix TD — volet francophone (communications)

Sandrine Gagné
Conseillère
Morin Relations Publiques
sandrine@morinrp.com
Cell.: 438-873-2909
morinrp.com

Prix TD — volet francophone (organisation)

Stéphane Masquida
Directeur général
Communication-Jeunesse
s.masquida@cjqc.ca
Cell.: 514-823-0702
communication-jeunesse.qc.ca

Prix TD — volet anglophone (organisation)

Coordonnatrice des événements et des programmes
Le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien
carol-ann@bookcentre.ca
Tél. : 416-975-0010 poste 4
centredulivrejeunesse.ca


Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse  (50 000 $)
Commandité par le Groupe Banque TD

Dans  mon garde-robe
Écrit par Aimée Verret (Montréal, Qc)
Groupe d’édition la courte échelle
Poésie / À partir de 11 ans

On entre dans l’univers poétique dʹune jeune fille qui cherche ses repères dans sa nouvelle réalité dʹadolescente. Que faire lorsquʹon désire grandir mais ne pas être témoin de son corps qui change ? Un court recueil sur la nostalgie de l’enfance qui fait rimer poésie et plaisir de lecture.


Les devoirs d’Edmond
Écrit par Hugo Léger (Saint-Lambert, Qc)
Illustré par Julie Rocheleau (Montréal, Qc)
Éditions Les 400 coups
Album / À partir de 7 ans

« Ma maman est morte. Je le dis comme c’est arrivé, brusquement. Quelques minutes avant que la mer l’avale, on s’amusait tous les deux. » Un sujet poignant, difficile, mais traité avec une délicate justesse par la simplicité des mots d’Hugo Léger et la douce naïveté des illustrations de Julie Rocheleau.


La fin des poux ?
Écrit et illustré par Orbie (Cap d’Espoir, Qc)
Éditions Les 400 coups
Album / À partir de 5 ans

C’était cet été où les enfants ne pouvaient plus jouer ensemble comme avant. Sur la tête d’Annette, une famille de poux s’agrandit et commence à se sentir à l’étroit… L’autrice et illustratrice Orbie imagine ici avec beaucoup d’humour et de talent le sort qu’ont connu les poux lors de la pandémie.


La guerre des bébés
Écrit par Carole Tremblay (Montréal, Qc)
Illustré par Élodie Duhameau (Montréal, Qc)
Groupe d’édition la courte échelle
Album / À partir de 5 ans

Violette se lance dans une enquête pour savoir d’où viennent les bébés. Quelques enfants du quartier, venus au monde dans des contextes différents, lui offrent des réponses à travers le prisme de leur réalité. Un album à lire absolument pour comprendre différents types de diversités dans un contexte fort amusant.


Papier bulle
Écrit par Simon Boulerice (Montréal, Qc)
Illustré par Eve Patenaude (Verdun, Qc)
Éditions XYZ
Album / À partir de 10 ans

Papier bulle
est une histoire profondément émouvante qui montre qu’on peut tirer une grande force de ce qui, au départ, paraissait être une faiblesse. Une leçon de résilience dont les illustrations inspirées de l’univers du manga se marient à merveille au sujet original de l’album.


MEMBRES DU JURY : Alex-Anne Flambert, enseignante en français au secondaire et créatrice du blogue La Bibliomaniaque; Fatima Khlifi, conseillère pédagogique pour le Conseil scolaire Viamonde; Julien Leclerc, conseiller pédagogique de français au primaire au Centre de services scolaire de Montréal (CSSDM) et collaborateur au blogue J’enseigne avec la littérature jeunesse; Marjolaine Séguin, bibliothécaire scolaire et cofondatrice du Prix Espiègle; Mylène Viens, autrice et chargée de projets au Réseau des arts de la parole et des arts et initiatives littéraires (RAPAIL).


À propos du Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse
D’une valeur de 50 000 $, le Prix TD est le prix le plus généreux offert chaque année aux créateur·rice·s de littérature jeunesse canadienne. Il récompense le livre de langue française pour la jeunesse dont les qualités se sont démarquées. La maison d’édition ayant publié et soumis le titre lauréat reçoit 2 500 $ à des fins promotionnelles. Un lot de 10 000 $ supplémentaire est partagé entre les créateur·rice·s des quatre titres finalistes pour leur contribution à la littérature jeunesse canadienne de langue française.

À propos du Centre du livre jeunesse canadien
Le Centre du livre jeunesse (CLJC) est un organisme national à but non lucratif enregistré sous l’appellation de charité. L’implantation du CLJC en 1976 a changé pour toujours le paysage de la littérature jeunesse et le monde de l’édition au Canada, en offrant la première infrastructure pancanadienne à encourager la mise en marché, la promotion, la création du livre jeunesse, tout autant que sa diffusion et son utilisation partout au Canada. Le CLJC est une ressource culturelle essentielle dans tout le pays dont six bibliothèques régionales au Canada mises à la disposition de toute personne intéressée à la littérature jeunesse. Pour plus d’information, veuillez vous référer à centredulivrejeunesse.ca

À propos de Communication-Jeunesse
Communication-Jeunesse est un organisme à but non lucratif d’envergure nationale oeuvrant depuis 1971 à faire connaître et apprécier la littérature québécoise et franco-canadienne destinée aux jeunes de 0 à 17 ans. La vitalité de l’organisme repose en grande partie sur la qualité de sa vie associative et l’engagement de ses membres est au coeur de son fonctionnement depuis sa création. Les membres de Communication-Jeunesse enrichissent ses actions et favorisent son développement avec autant de rigueur que d’énergie. Pour en savoir plus, visitez : communication-jeunesse.qc.ca

À propos de la responsabilité sociale à l’échelle mondiale de la TD
La TD est déterminée depuis longtemps à enrichir la vie de ses clients, de ses collègues et de ses collectivités. Dans le cadre de sa plateforme d’entreprise citoyenne, La promesse Prêts à agir, la TD vise un don aux collectivités d’un milliard de dollars canadiens (775 millions de dollars américains) au total d’ici 2030 dans quatre domaines essentiels pour ouvrir les portes à un avenir plus inclusif et durable : Sécurité financière, Planète dynamique, Collectivités inclusives et Meilleure santé. Par La promesse Prêts à agir, la TD aspire à relier ses activités, ses initiatives philanthropiques et son capital humain pour aider les gens à se sentir plus en confiance, pas seulement par rapport à leurs finances, mais aussi par rapport à leur capacité à atteindre leurs objectifs personnels dans un monde en évolution. Pour en savoir plus, visitez : td.com/lapromessepretsaagir

Meet the finalists of the 2022 Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse

Français

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Montreal (October 26, 2022)—Communication-Jeunesse (CJ) and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse. The winning title will receive $50,000.

The nominated titles represent the remarkable quality of work by Canadian creators. Each nominated title has made a valuable contribution to French-language Canadian children’s literature.

Thank you to Canada’s authors and illustrators for their exceptional creativity,” says Stéphane Masquida, Executive Director of Communication-Jeunesse. Thank you to the publishers for taking a chance in publishing these books and for submitting them to the Prix TD. Thank you to the members of the jury for their incredible wisdom and to the five finalists for proudly representing the diversity and quality of Canada’s French-language literature for youth.

Communication-Jeunesse warmly thanks TD Bank Group for offering the largest prize to creators of French-language Canadian children’s literature.

“Once again, what a great year for English- and French-language children’s literature in Canada! Congratulations to the finalists of the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse” says Sylvie Demers, President, Quebec Market, TD Bank Group. “As part of the TD Ready Commitment, we are proud to have celebrated the talent and passion of Canadian creators for nearly 20 years by presenting the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse. We believe that by investing in literature for our youth, we are helping to build a more inclusive future for them, one that is built on a strong foundation.

Sarah Sahagian, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, also highlighted the quality of the selected titles: “Congratulations to all the finalists! In your own way, you have entertained, educated and inspired young people with your books. We wholeheartedly admire your hard work and great talent!”

The 2022 Prix TD winner will be announced at a short virtual ceremony on Communication-Jeunesse’s Facebook page on Tuesday, November 15, at 12 noon ET.

Communication-Jeunesse and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre are proud to share the 2022 finalists for the Prix TD. Download the PDF of this press release.

For more information, please contact:

Prix TD — Francophone component (communications)

Sandrine Gagné
Consultant
Morin Relations Publiques
sandrine@morinrp.com
Cell: 438-873-2909
morinrp.com

Prix TD — Francophone component (organization)

Stéphane Masquida
Executive Director
Communication-Jeunesse
s.masquida@cjqc.ca
Cell: 514-823-0702
communication-jeunesse.qc.ca

Prix TD — Anglophone component (organization)

Carol-Ann Hoyte
Program and Events Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
carol-ann@bookcentre.ca
Tel: 416-975-0010 ext. 4
bookcentre.ca


Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse ($50,000)
Sponsored by TD Bank Group

Dans  mon garde-robe
Written by Aimée Verret (Montreal, QC)
Groupe d’édition la courte échelle
for ages 11 and up

“We enter the poetic universe of a young girl trying to find her bearings in her new reality as a teenager. What do you do when you want to grow up but not bear witness to your changing body? This short poetry collection is a testament to childhood nostalgia.”


Les devoirs d’Edmond
Written by Hugo Léger (Saint-Lambert, QC)
Illustrated by Julie Rocheleau (Montreal, QC)
Éditions Les 400 coups
for ages 7 and up

“ʻMy mom is dead. I say it as it happened, suddenly. A few minutes before the sea swallowed her, we were both having fun.’ A poignant, difficult subject handled with delicate accuracy by the simplicity of Hugo Léger’s words and the gentle naivety of Julie Rocheleau’s illustrations.”


La fin des poux ?
Written and illustrated by Orbie (Cap d’Espoir, QC)
Éditions Les 400 coups
for ages 5 and up

“It was that summer when the children couldn’t play together like before. On Annette’s head, a family of lice is growing and starting to feel cramped… With lots of humour and talent, author and illustrator Orbie recounts the fate of the family of lice during the pandemic.”


La guerre des bébés
Written by Carole Tremblay (Montreal, QC)
Illustrated by Élodie Duhameau (Montreal, QC)
Groupe d’édition la courte échelle
for ages 5 and up

“Violette embarks on an investigation to find out where babies come from. Some children from the neighbourhood, born under different circumstances, offer her answers based on their personal experiences. A must-read picture book to understand different types of diversity in a very amusing context.”


Papier bulle
Written by Simon Boulerice (Montreal, QC)
Illustrated by Eve Patenaude (Verdun, QC)
Éditions XYZ
for ages 10 and up

Papier bulle is a deeply moving story that shows that great strength can be drawn from what initially seems like a weakness. A lesson in resilience, the manga-inspired illustrations are a perfect match for the subject.”


JURY MEMBERS: Alex-Anne Flambert, teacher and blog creater, La Bibliomaniaque; Fatima Khlifi, pedagogical consultant, Conseil scolaire Viamonde; Julien Leclerc, pedagogical consultant, Centre de services scolaire de Montréal (CSSDM) and blog contributor, J’enseigne avec la littérature jeunesse; Marjolaine Séguin, school librarian and co-founder, Prix Espiègle; Mylène Viens, author and Project Manager, Réseau des arts de la parole et des arts et initiatives littéraires (RAPAIL).


About the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse
The Prix TD is the most generous prize offered each year to creators of Canadian children’s literature. It recognizes excellence in Canadian children’s literature by awarding a $50,000 cash prize to a French-language book deemed to have made a significant contribution to excellence in Canadian children’s literature. The publisher of the winning book receives $2,500 for promotion and publicity. An additional $10,000 is shared amongst the creators of the four remaining finalists for their contribution to Canadian children’s literature.

About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not‐for‐profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit bookcentre.ca.

About Communication-Jeunesse
Communication-Jeunesse is a national non-profit cultural organization that was founded in 1971 to promote and appreciate Quebec and Franco-Canadian literature aimed at young people age 0 to 17. The vitality of the organization is largely based on the quality of its associative life and the commitment of its members has been at the heart of its operations since its creation. The members of Communication-Jeunesse enrich its actions and promote its development with as much rigor as energy. For more information, please visit communication-jeunesse.qc.ca.

About TD Global Corporate Citizenship
TD has a long‐standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow—Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment, TD aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident—not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit td.com/thereadycommitment.

The Canada Council for the Arts Reveals the Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalists

Earlier this week, the Canada Council for the Arts revealed today the 2022 finalists in the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks).

“The Governor General’s Literary Awards illustrate the dynamic nature and constant renewal of our literary scene. The quantity, quality and diversity of books the Canada Council for the Arts received attest to the creative forces of those who devote their lives to literature. Books have the power to help us grow; they are with us on our journey through the complexities of the world and the demands of life, and they contribute to our individual and collective emancipations.” — Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts

Following a rigorous process, the Canada Council’s peer assessment committees determined that these 70 books were the best to have been published in Canada in 2022, across seven categories, in both English and French. The 14 winners for 2022 will be announced on ggbooks.ca on November 16, 2022.

The English- and French-language finalists in the children’s/youth categories are listed below.


Young People’s Literature – Text

A Boy Is Not a Ghost
Written by Edeet Ravel (Montreal, QC)
Groundwood Books

Sorry for Your Loss
Written by Joanne Levy (Clinton, ON
Orca Book Publishers

Step
Written by Deborah Ellis (Simcoe, ON)
Groundwood Books

The Summer of Bitter and Sweet
Written by Jen Ferguson (Playa del Rey, United States)
Heartdrum/HarperCollins Publishers

Urchin
Written by Kate Story (Peterborough, ON)
Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides

Peer assessment committee: Michael Hutchinson, Sharon Jennings and Wesley King

Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books

kā-āciwīkicik / The Move
Written by Doris George (Easterville, MB) and Don K. Philpot (Shippensburg, United States)
Illustrated by Alyssa Koski (Okotoks, AB)
Heritage House Publishing

Mina
Written by Matthew Forsythe (Montreal, QC)
Simon & Schuster Canada

The Big Bath House
Written by Kyo Maclear (Toronto, ON)
Illustrated by Gracey Zhang (Coquitlam, BC)
Random House Studio/Penguin Random House

The Sour Cherry Tree
Written by Naseem Hrab (Toronto, ON)
Illustrated by Nahid Kazemi (Montreal, QC)
Owlkids Books

Time is a Flower
Written by Julie Morstad (Vancouver, BC)
Tundra Books

Peer assessment committee: Kate Beaton, Nhung N. Tran-Davies and Frank Viva


Young People’s Literature – Text

Cancer ascendant Autruche
Written by Julie Champagne (Mirabel, QC)
Groupe d’édition la courte échelle

Dessiner dans les marges et autres activités de fantôme
Written by Carolanne Foucher (Quebec City, QC)
Éditions de la Bagnole

La pluie des autres
Written by Daphné B. (Montreal, QC)
Groupe d’édition la courte échelle

Les Bulles
Written by Reynald Cantin (Quebec City, QC)
Éditions du Boréal

Les carnets de novembre
Written by Marie-Hélène Jarry (Montreal, QC)
Groupe d’édition la courte échelle

Peer assessment committee: Edith Kabuya, Daniel Marchildon and Mireille Villeneuve

Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books

La fin des poux?
Written and illustrated by Orbie (Percé, QC)
Éditions Les 400 coups

Trèfle
Written by Nadine Robert (Varennes, QC)
Illustrated by Qin Leng (Toronto, ON)
Comme des géants

Truffe
Written by Fanny Britt (Montreal, QC)
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Montreal, QC)
Éditions de la Pastèque

Seuls
Written by Paul Tom (Montreal, QC)
Illustrated by Mélanie Baillairgé (Montreal, QC)
Groupe d’édition la courte échelle

Un rhume de cheval
Written by Pierrette Dubé (Saint-Lambert, QC)
Illustrated by Enzo (Montreal, QC)
Éditions Fonfon

Peer assessment committee: David Bouchard, Beatriz Carvalho and Ninon Pelletier


The Canada Council for the Arts contributes to the vibrancy of a creative and diverse arts and literary scene and supports its presence across Canada and around the world. The Council is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to “foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.”

The Council’s grants, services, initiatives, prizes, and payments support Canadian artists, authors, and arts groups and organizations. This support allows them to pursue artistic expression, create works of art, and promote and disseminate the arts and literature.

Through its arts funding, communications, research, and promotion activities, the Council fosters ever-growing engagement of Canadians and international audiences in the arts.

The Council’s Public Lending Right (PLR) program makes annual payments to creators whose works are held in Canadian public libraries.

The Council’s Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts through exhibition and outreach activities.

The Council is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a future of peace, reconciliation, equity, and sustainable development.

Media relations contacts

For interviews with the finalists:

Charlene Coy
C2C Communications
charlene@c2ccommunications.com
416-451-1471

Canada Council for the Arts
Communications and Engagement
media@canadacouncil.ca
613-239-3958
1-800-263-5588, ext. 5151


About the GGBooks
Founded in 1936, the Governor General’s Literary Awards are some of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious prizes, with a total annual prize value of $450,000. The Canada Council for the Arts has funded, administered and promoted these awards since 1959.Finalists are selected by category-specific, language-based peer assessment committees (seven in English and seven in French), who consider eligible books published between August 1, 2021, and July 31, 2022. Each writer, translator, or illustrator whose book is selected as winner in its category receives a $25,000 prize. Publishers receive $3,000 to promote the winning book; finalists receive $1,000 each.

Call for Submissions: Best Books for Kids & Teens, Spring 2023

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 28, 2022

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is now accepting submissions for the spring 2023 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens (BBKT), the CCBC’s semi-annual selection guide to the best Canadian children’s books, magazines, audio and video.

When is the deadline?
The deadline to submit is October 28, 2022

What books and resources are eligible?
For the spring 2023 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens (BBKT), normally our committees would only be evaluating books/resources published between July 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. However, due to supply chain issues caused by the pandemic, if publishers have books/resources published during the first half of 2022 that they were unable to submit to the fall 2022 edition, we will accept them now. Therefore, for the spring 2023 edition, our committees will be reviewing books/resources published between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. Please refer to the Eligibility Criteria for further information.

What do I need to submit?

  1. Please submit a completed title submission form for ALL titles you plan on submitting. The form(s) can be completed online (see links below).
  2. Upon completion of the online submission form(s), please email the PDF(s) of each title or issue (in the case of magazines) to meghan@bookcentre.ca. Upon receipt of the form(s) and PDF(s), you will be sent instructions on where to send the physical resources. Please do not send them to the CCBC’s main office.
  3. The quantity of books/resources as indicated on each title submission form to the addresses provided in the subsequent email you will receive from the CCBC. Please note: Materials submitted will not be returned, including titles that are not selected for inclusion.


How can I submit books published after October 28, 2022?

Books published after October 28 can be submitted the following way:

  1. Complete the online title submission form(s) by October 22, 2022. For books and magazines, please email final the PDF(s) of each title or issue (in the case of magazines) to meghan@bookcentre.ca.
  2. Follow up with physical copies of the books/resources when they become available. Again, once the CCBC has received your form(s) and PDF(s), you will be sent instructions on where to send the physical resources.

Title Submission Forms (click on the hyperlinks below)
BBKT Title Submission Form – Book
BBKT Title Submission Form – Magazine

BBKT Title Submission Form – Audio
BBKT Title Submission Form – Video

Where will my books and resources go?
All submissions are:

  • sent to Best Books for Kids & Teens committee members for review.
  • sent to the Best Books for Kids & Teens annotation writer.
  • sent to our regional library collections in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Hamilton.

Publishers Catalogues
Please email PDFs or links to the catalogue(s) that corresponds with the above publication dates. If you act as a distributor for foreign publishers (e.g., US, UK, etc.), please check their catalogues to see if they have any eligible titles by Canadian authors and/or Canadian illustrators.

Books published by non-Canadian publishing houses are eligible, provided the author or illustrator is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (minimum two-year residency).

Important note regarding eBooks
Currently, the CCBC is not evaluating eBooks that are not also available in print format. Only books in print format will be evaluated; our juries will not be reading eBook versions.* However, if your print books are also available in eBook format, please be sure to include the ISBN and pricing for the electronic format on the title submission form. For titles that are selected, we will indicate that an eBook version is available in the listing.

* With the ongoing supply chain issues, we are requesting that PDFs of final titles (for books and magazines) be emailed to meghan@bookcentre.ca upon completion of the online title submission form(s). The PDFs do not replace the physical books. They are to be used in the event that publishers are experiencing any disruptions/delays with their supply and distribution channels caused by the pandemic.

If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Howe at meghan@bookcentre.ca.

Walk, Wheel or Run to Support the CCBC Through the TCS Charity Challenge

The TCS Charity Challenge (formerly the Scotiabank Charity Challenge) is a unique fundraising opportunity that is taking place virtually across Canada throughout the month of October. Participants can make their exercise endeavours more meaningful by raising funds for the CCBC. This year’s virtual Charity Challenge will take place from October 1-31 with participants able to take part anywhere in Canada by walking, wheeling and running at a distance of their own choosing. An in-person event takes place in Toronto on October 16 as part of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Register at bookcentre.ca/run and join the CCBC’s team, The Speed Readers, or start a team of your own! Whether you register for either the in-person or virtual team, $5 will automatically go to the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and 100% of all the funds you raise go back to the CCBC to support our many amazing programs throughout the year, including Canadian Children’s Book Week. Please join us in this fun endeavour! Challenge your friends, family, office mates, or just yourself! Help us get to our fundraising goal! Go, Speed Readers!

Staffing Announcement:  Tara Mandarano joins the CCBC as Marketing and Communications Coordinator

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce some changes to the team. On June 30, 2022, our Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Emma Hunter, left the position she held for four years to take on the role of Digital Marketing Associate at Kids Can Press. Emma transformed the CCBC’s online presence by creating engaging content for our readership and followers. We wish her the very best in her new role at Kids Can Press.

We are thrilled to share that Tara Mandarano will be joining the CCBC’s team as the new Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Tara brings several years of experience as a marketer and product manager in the book publishing industry. She also has extensive experience editing manuscripts and managing online content. She holds a Bachelor in Journalism from Ryerson/Toronto Metropolitan University. In her spare time, she writes poetry and creative nonfiction, and her work has appeared The Washington Post, Today’s Parent, Canadian Living and Chatelaine. Tara lives north of Toronto and is the mother of one young reader and three cute-but-demanding cats. Her favourite book for kids is Willow’s Whispers.

The 2022 CCBC Book Awards Celebrate Excellence in Literature for Young People, with On the Trapline by David A. Robertson and Julie Flett Taking Home the $50K Top Prize

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (September 29, 2022)The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the winners of its eight English‐language children’s book awards. Awarded tonight at Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA), and hosted by Garvia Bailey, On the Trapline by David A. Robertson and Julie Flett, took home the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and $50,000—the largest cash prize in Canadian children’s literature. Tundra Books, the winning publisher, will receive $2,500 for promotional purposes, and an additional $10,000 will be shared among the four remaining finalists for their contributions to Canadian children’s literature.

Author Xiran Jay Zhao was a double winner—winning both the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award and the inaugural Arlene Barlin Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy for their debut novel, Iron Widow, published by Penguin Teen Canada.

Also presented tonight was the inaugural David Booth Children’s and Youth Poetry Award to seasoned children’s poet and author Sheree Fitch, and illustrator Carolyn Fisher, for their collaboration on Summer Feet, published by Nimbus Publishing. Other winners include Julie Morstad, Vogue contributor Christian Allaire, Harriet Zaidman and debut author Leslie Gentile.

The awards event was hosted through the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA), with a live streaming component being available for those unable to attend the in-person ceremony. Eight prizes in total were awarded earlier tonight:

  • On the Trapline, written by David A. Robertson and illustrated by Julie Flett (Tundra Books), won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($50,000)
  • Time is a Flower, written and illustrated by Julie Morstad (Tundra Books), won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)
  • The Power of Style: How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures, written by Christian Allaire and illustrated by Jacqueline Li (Annick Press), won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non‐Fiction ($10,000)
  • Second Chances, written by Harriet Zaidman (Red Deer Press), won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000)
  • Iron Widow, written by Xiran Jay Zhao (Penguin Teen Canada), won the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award ($5,000)
  • Elvis, Me, and the Lemonade Stand Summer, written by Leslie Gentile (DCB Young Readers), won the Jean Little First-Novel Award ($5,000)
  • Iron Widow, written by Xiran Jay Zhao (Penguin Teen Canada), won the Arlene Barlin Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy ($5,000)
  • Summer Feet, written by Sheree Fitch and illustrated by Carolyn Fisher (Nimbus Publishing), won the David Booth Children’s and Youth Poetry Award ($3,500)

“We would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to the winners and finalists for the 2022 CCBC Book Awards,” says Sarah Sahagian, Executive Director of the CCBC. “From a gorgeous picture book set at a Cree family’s trapline to a novel that transports readers to a 1970s lemonade stand, the spectacular titles awarded tonight showcase a diversity of communities, experiences, and perspectives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, books have been a source of comfort for so many children. When schools and playgrounds were closed and holiday festivities were cancelled during lockdowns, books sparked our children’s imaginations, introducing them to new ideas and places. If there is one theme that connects all the books that were celebrated tonight, it is possibility. Whether it’s a non-fiction work on the power of fashion to reclaim marginalized cultures, a joyful celebration of barefoot summer days, or the moving story of a grandfather and grandchild who revisit their family’s trapline, these books provide readers with a window to a vast and diverse world. Perhaps most importantly, the life-affirming messages found in these books give readers hope for the future.”

“Congratulations to this year’s winners and finalists of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award,” says Uma Venkataramaiah, Senior Manager, Philanthropy (Canada), Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group. “We are so grateful for your contributions that help young readers fall in love with new stories, teach them about diverse perspectives and grow their literacy capabilities. That’s why supporting early learning and children’s literature is a key component of the TD Ready Commitment, the Bank’s corporate citizenship platform, and we’re proud to continue collaborating with the CCBC.”

In total, $116,000 in prize monies was awarded tonight, and an additional $62,500 will be awarded on November 16 when the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse is announced. Facilitated by our sister organization, Communication-Jeunesse, the shortlist for the Prix TD will be announced on October 26.

“We are especially thankful to our sponsors TD Bank Group, A. Charles Baillie, the Fleck Family Foundation, Elly Barlin-Daniels and Shelley Stagg Peterson for helping us elevate Canadian books and their creators,” says Zain Velji, President of the CCBC’s Board of Directors. “We are also grateful for our partnership with the Toronto International Festival of Authors in presenting these awards.”

Below is the full list of prizes presented, with comments from the jurors. For a complete list of the shortlisted titles, click here. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists!

Download the PDF version of this press release here.

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TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($50,000)
Sponsored by TD Bank Group

On the Trapline
Written by David A. Robertson (Winnipeg, MB)
Illustrated by Julie Flett (Vancouver, BC)
Tundra Books
for ages 4-8

“A quiet, yet powerful intergenerational story expressing love for the land, the water, all of the beings, and for each other. This title is a triumph; the language and visual imagery are in perfect synergy…  Robertson’s rhythmic prose and Flett’s exquisite illustrations weave together to convey a beautiful story of intergenerational friendship, community and Indigenous history… On the Trapline is a remarkable achievement that brings together the work of two brilliant Canadian talents to create not simply an appealing tale, but a work of art.”

​​TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award honour books include:

  • Borders, written by Thomas King, illustrated by Natasha Donovan (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • The Fabulous Zed Watson!, written by Basil Sylvester and Kevin Sylvester, illustrated by Kevin Sylvester (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Growing Up Trans: In Our Own Words, edited by Dr. Lindsay Herriot and Kate Fry (Orca Book Publishers)
  • A Kid Is a Kid Is a Kid, written by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng (Groundwood Books)

JURY MEMBERS: Dr. Rob Bittner, children’s and YA specialist; Ray Fernandes, Youth Services Librarian/Consultant, Nova Scotia Provincial Library; Colette Poitras, Manager, Indigenous Public Library Outreach, Government of Alberta; Amy Mathers, reviewer and founder, Amy Mathers Teen Book Award; Michelle Valdecantos, teacher-librarian, Vancouver School Board.


Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)
Sponsored by A. Charles Baillie

Time is a Flower
Written and illustrated by Julie Morstad (Vancouver, BC)
Tundra Books
for ages 3-7

“When picking up this book, it may evoke memories of a time gone by but once you open the book, you are brought quickly to the present… Morstad’s illustrations are fluid and vibrant; her words resonant and spare… An outstanding book beautifully crafted with care and attention to every design detail—knock-out artwork, choice of font, placement of text, the size and shape of the book itself—not to mention the clever use of child-friendly metaphors to help readers come to a better understanding of a challenging concept.”

JURY MEMBERS: Fatma Faraj, Junior School Teacher-Librarian, Branksome Hall; Bonnie Farmer, author and teacher, English Montreal School Board; Janis Nostbakken, children’s media specialist.


Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000)
Sponsored by the Fleck Family Foundation

The Power of Style: How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures
Written by Christian Allaire (New York, NY)
Illustrated by Jacqueline Li (Vancouver, BC)
Annick Press
for ages 12 and up

“This book beautifully centres the voices of many diverse and intersectional individuals as they use fashion and beauty to honour, respect, celebrate and reclaim their cultures and traditions… All topics are highlighted by high-quality, fashion-forward photographs that vary from samples to full-page spreads, allowing readers to reflect and enjoy each… A much-needed book that presents a modern and more authentic and inclusive representation of beauty… This book shares the powerful message of being fearlessly unapologetically and authentically yourself! A must-have book for all Canadians to affirm and expand their ideas, identities and lived experiences… Sure to be a hit with all young adults.”

JURY MEMBERS: Betsy Fraser, Selector, Calgary Public Library and author of Young Adult Nonfiction: A Readers’ Advisory and Collection Development Guide (Libraries Unlimited); Rabia Khokhar, teacher, Toronto District School Board; Maria Martella, owner of Tinlids Inc., a wholesaler of children’s and teen books for schools and libraries.


Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000)
Sponsored by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Bilson Endowment Fund

Second Chances
Written by Harriet Zaidman (Winnipeg, MB)
Red Deer Press
for ages 12 and up

“Zaidman’s superbly researched novel offers teens an essential and timely story of forgiveness, personal transformation, authentic inner growth and renewal that can come from facing hardship head-on… Dale’s story takes readers on a journey of perseverance and determination during the polio epidemic… The parallels between the plot in Zaidman’s book and present-day challenges related to COVID make this story even more interesting… A beautiful story of love, compassion and the art of medicine.”

JURY MEMBERS: Tina Athaide, author and educator; Christina Minaki, author, librarian, social justice educator and disability advocate; Brandon Mitchell, author, illustrator and founder of Birch Bark Comics; Gail de Vos (chair), author, storyteller and Adjunct (Associate) Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta.


Amy Mathers Teen Book Award ($5,000)
Sponsored by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Iron Widow
Xiran Jay Zhao (Burnaby, BC)
Penguin Teen Canada
for ages 14 and up

“Character comes to the fore in Iron Widow, which is set in a futuristic China setting… Many young adult novels have taken on the revenge story plot but few commit so fully to it… Filled to the brim with giant transforming robots and mecha aliens, this is a world of passionate, uncompromising characters written with an equal measure of brutality and beauty… Zhao does a wonderful job showcasing institutional oppression while blending Chinese history… After the last page, readers will be asking for more.”

JURY MEMBERS: Dr. Dave Jenkinson, Editor, CM: Canadian Review of Materials and Professor Emeritus, Children’s & YA Literature, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba; Ardo Omer, writer, podcast host and Kids Coordinator, Festival of Literary Diversity; Joel A. Sutherland, Silver Birch Award-winning author and Manager of Client Experience, Pickering Public Library.


Jean Little First-Novel Award ($5,000)
Sponsored by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Elvis, Me, and the Lemonade Stand Summer
Written by Leslie Gentile (Brentwood Bay, BC)
DCB Young Readers
for ages 9-12

“With its leisurely pace, this novel feels exactly like a child’s summer… Gentile’s characters are richly realized, and the story takes on challenging material—abuse, identity, racism and more—in ways that respect its audience… The story is approachable and good-natured, wearing its subversive subtext lightly as it presents an unredeemed bad mother, a plot detail that involves questioning the Indian Act and an upending of the white saviour trope… The Coast Salish adults who are Truly’s neighbours buoy her with such tenderness that she and the reader are left with profound hope… A middle-grade summer story that plays with the genre in ways both satisfyingly familiar and refreshingly new.”

JURY MEMBERS:  Maggie de Vries, author; Sarah Ellis, author; Kit Pearson, author.


Arlene Barlin Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy ($5,000)
Sponsored by Elly Barlin-Daniels

Iron Widow
Xiran Jay Zhao (Burnaby, BC)
Penguin Teen Canada
for ages 14 and up

“Fierce, propulsive, and breathtaking from the very first page. Iron Widow gives us the mesmerising Zetian, who seeks revenge for the death of her older sister and then to confront and transform a world that treats girls and women as expendable. With true sense-of-wonder science fiction, Zhao sets Zetian’s struggles in a world of aliens, giant mecha, war, and forbidding menace. A standout YA debut… The sequel can’t come fast enough.”

JURY MEMBERS:  Michael Johnstone, author, reviewer and lecturer, Department of English, University of Toronto; Rachel Seigel, author, reviewer and Team Lead, Selections, Library Services Centre; Tara Truscott, teacher-librarian, York Region District School Board.


David Booth Children’s and Youth Poetry Award ($3,500)
Sponsored by Shelley Stagg Peterson

Summer Feet
Written by Sheree Fitch (River John, NS)
Illustrated by Carolyn Fisher (Calgary, AB)
Nimbus Publishing
for ages 4-8

“Sheree Fitch is a wordsmith wizard. The words of Summer Feet tap-dance, waltz and cha-cha up and down and all around the colourful pages of this dune-dancing, beach-loving smoochable summertime adventure…  Fitch’s poetry sings in the ear when read aloud… Fitch’s words and Fisher’s paintings provide a celebration of summer days, of bare feet and happy times… One cannot help but smile with delight while reading this book.”

JURY MEMBERS:  Carol-Ann Hoyte, librarian and poet; Paula Jane Remlinger, children’s writer, editor and poet, author of This Hole Called January (Thistledown Press); Larry Swartz, Instructor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and co-author of The Poetry Experience (Pembroke Publishers).


About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not‐for‐profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit bookcentre.ca.

About TD Global Corporate Citizenship
TD has a long‐standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow—Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment, TD aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident—not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit td.com/thereadycommitment.

About the Toronto International Festival of Authors
The Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is Canada’s longest-running literary festival, a charitable, non-for-profit cultural organization. It presents the finest of Canadian and international writers, artists and thinkers across the range of literary genres from fiction to non-fiction, poetry to plays, graphic novelists and illustrators. It enables audiences access and empowerment to meet, hear and learn from the finest contemporary writers and thinkers of our time. For more information, visit festivalofauthors.ca.

Award-Winning Author David A. Robertson Appointed Editorial Director of new imprint at Tundra Book Group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2022 (Toronto)—Today Penguin Random House Canada announces an exciting new development in the Tundra Book Group, Canada’s oldest English-language children’s book publisher.

Effective November 7, 2022, David A. Robertson will join Tundra Book Group in the newly created role of Editorial Director, in which he will develop, shape, launch, and oversee a new children’s imprint dedicated to publishing Indigenous writers and illustrators.

This yet-to-be-named imprint will attract and create new opportunities for emerging Indigenous talent across the spectrum of fiction and non-fiction, alongside a few already established voices in this space. It will publish books for young readers of all ages across all categories of children’s books.

David A. Robertson is one of the most celebrated writers working today, the bestselling author of the ongoing Misewa Saga (including The Barren Grounds, The Great Bear, and The Stone Child), the two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award (for On the Trapline and When We Were Alone), and the recipient of numerous other awards, among them the Writers’ Union of Canada’s Freedom to Read Award; his books have also been shortlisted for the prestigious TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award, among others, and have been included on several best of the year lists.

Kristin Cochrane, CEO of Penguin Random House Canada, said: We are truly honoured to welcome Dave Robertson to our team. It is our hope and expectation that this initiative will provide pathways to publication and literary success for new and emerging writers and illustrators. In this new capacity, Dave’s work will be transformational and will shape the culture for many years to come.

Tara Walker, Tundra Book Group publisher said: Dave is our treasured author, and I’ve long admired his immense talent as a storyteller, his tireless energy, and his remarkable dedication to uplifting Indigenous voices. I can’t think of anyone more perfectly suited to shape and lead the important work of this new imprint. I’ve learned so much from Dave already, and I’m delighted for this opportunity to work more closely alongside him in his new role. Most of all, I’m excited for the kids whose lives will be reflected in and altered by the wonderful books from other Indigenous creators Dave will usher into the world.

David A. Robertson, Editorial Director, Tundra Book Group said: When I was a kid, I dreamed of being an author. As I got older, there were many writers I looked up to who inspired me to continue pursuing the goals I had set for myself. In particular, Indigenous writers such as Thomas King and Beatrice Mosionier not only showed me what was possible but opened doors for me to do what I do. I never imagined that I would be in the position I’m in today, but as my career has progressed, I’ve recognized the importance of creating opportunities for new and emerging Indigenous writers so they can write stories that matter, that heal, that inspire, and that lead us on a good path. Working with Tundra has been an incredible experience. They’ve believed in my vision as an author, and I trust them to carry out that vision. I’m thrilled to strengthen our relationship in this way and work with a team that sees how vital it is to amplify voices and continue to open doors.

More about David A. Robertson: David A. Robertson (he/him/his) was the 2021 recipient of the Writers’ Union of Canada Freedom to Read Award. He is the author of numerous books for young readers including When We Were Alone, which won the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award and the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award. The Barren Grounds, the first book in the middle-grade The Misewa Saga series, received a starred review from Kirkus, was a Kirkus and Quill & Quire best middle-grade book of 2020, was a USBBY and Texas Lone Star selection, was shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award, and was a finalist for the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award. His memoir, Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory, was a Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire book of the year in 2020 and won the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction as well as the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award at the 2020 Manitoba Book Awards. On the Trapline, illustrated by Julie Flett, won David’s second Governor General’s Literary Award and was named one of the best picture books of 2021 by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, The Horn Book, New York Public Library, Quill & Quire, and American Indians in Children’s Literature. Dave is the writer and host of the podcast Kíwew, winner of the 2021 RTDNA Prairie Region Award for Best Podcast. He is a member of Norway House Cree Nation and currently lives in Winnipeg.

More about Tundra Book Group: Tundra Books (tundrabooks.com) is Canada’s oldest English-language children’s book publisher. Tundra is home to some of the world’s most accomplished authors and illustrators as well as exciting new voices. We are renowned across North America and throughout the world for our beautifully illustrated and designed award-winning books.

Penguin Random House Canada aims to nourish a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company publishes over 800 books in various formats each year in the North American market across nineteen distinct imprints and distributes another 10,000 titles in Canada on behalf of Penguin Random House publishers in the U.S. and the U.K., and many clients. It has also developed its own internationally recognized audiobook program and runs an in-house recording studio. Visit penguinrandomhouse.ca for more information and follow us at @PenguinRandomCA.

For further information, please contact:

Jared Bland, Vice-President, Communications & Community
jbland@penguinrandomhouse.com

Call for Applications: Canadian Children’s Book Week 2023

Are you a published Canadian author or illustrator who is passionate about connecting with and inspiring young people? 

Apply to take part in the 46th Canadian Children’s Book Week! This hybrid tour will allow you to engage with youth all across the country to celebrate books, stories and illustrations. 

Canadian Children’s Book Week is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian books for kids and teens and the importance of reading. 

Following up on the success of last year, Canadian Children’s Book Week/Tournée Lire à tout vent will again be a bilingual tour planned in tandem by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and Communication-Jeunesse. 

Our 2022 virtual tour taught us important lessons including surprising benefits to meeting virtually. 
Although it is our intention to return to an in-person format for future tours, our spring 2023 tour will be a hybrid format. 

With the hybrid format, a small number of regions will host in-person presentations while all other regions will host virtual presentations.

The upcoming tour will take place from April 30 to May 6, 2023, and will allow young readers to connect with highly acclaimed and emerging authors and illustrators. The deadline for applications is end of day on October 14, 2022.


Learn more about Canadian Children’s Book Week at bookweek.ca and at communication-jeunesse.qc.ca