Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award

The Hackmatack program is designed to promote reading among children in grades 4-6 and – like the Silver Birch, Red Cedar and other children’s choice awards – to recognize the reading preferences of young readers. Children read from a list of 10 fiction and 10 non-fiction English-language titles and cast their votes in April. A French category was added in 2002. In 2007, the French category was expanded to include both French fiction and French non-fiction. The winners are announced in May. The award takes its name from the aboriginal word for tamarack or larch, a tree that grows in all four Atlantic provinces.


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Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award



Contact Us
Kate Watson
Hackmatack Project Coordinator
PO Box 34055
Scotia Square RPO
Halifax, NS B3J 3S1
Tel: 902-424-3774
Fax: 902-424-0613


Awards Recipients

Year Detail Recipient
2015 English Fiction Sam Fisher, Scare Scape. New York: Scholastic Press, 2013.
2015 English Non-Fiction Maria Birmingham, WeirdZone: Sports. Illustrated by Jamie Bennett. Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2013.
2015 French Fiction Amy Lachapelle, Toxique. Ville-Marie, QC: Les Éditions Z'ailées, 2013.
2015 French Non-Fiction Yannick Bergeron, Au labo, les Débrouillards! Illustrated by Jacques Goldstyn. Montreal: Bayard Canada, 2013.
2014 English Fiction Ashley Spires, Binky Takes Charge. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2012.
2014 English Non-Fiction Rob Laidlaw, No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2011.
2014 French Fiction Dominique Demers, Le secret des dragon. Illustrated by Sophie Lussier. St-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2012.
2014 French Non-Fiction Elise Gravel, La mouche. Montreal: Les éditions de la courte échelle, 2012.
2013 English Fiction Catherine Austen, 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6. Toronto: James Lorimer, 2011.
2013 English Non-Fiction Tanya Lloyd Kyi, 50 Poisonous Questions: A Book With Bite. Illustrated by Ross Kinnaird. Toronto: Annick Press, 2011.
2013 French Fiction Arianne Gagnon-Roy, Le mystère de Blandy-les-tours. Lévis, QC: Les Éditions de la Francophonie, 2011.
2013 French Non-Fiction Maxim Cyr and Karine Gottot, Les bleues de New York. Waterloo, QC: Éditions Michel Quintin, 2011.
2012 English Fiction Hugh Brewster, Prisoner of Dieppe. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2010.
2012 English Non-Fiction Catherine Rondina
2012 French Fiction Richard Petit, Ton journal intime Zone Frousse. Ville-Marie, QC: Éditions Z'ailées, 2010.
2012 French Non-Fiction Stéphanie C. Dubois
2011 English Fiction Ashley Spires, Binky the Space Cat. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2009.
2011 English Non-Fiction Valerie Wyatt, How to Build Your Own Country. Illustrated by Fred Rix. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2009.
2011 French Fiction Richard Petit, La plus jolie histoire. Ville-Marie, QC: Éditions Z'ailées, 2009.
2011 French Non-Fiction Gilles Tibo, Le dico de Tibo. Illustrated by Philippe Béha. St-Lambert, QC: Soulières éditeur, 2009.
2010 English Fiction Ingrid Lee, Dog Lost. New York: Chicken House Publishing/Scholastic, 2008.
2010 English Non-Fiction David Acer, Gotcha! 18 Amazing Ways to Freak Out Your Friends. Illustrated by Stephen MacEachern. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2008.
2010 French Fiction Tina Landry, Le cimetière de Boisvert. Lévis, QC: Les Éditions de la Francophone, 2008.
2010 French Non-Fiction Annie Groovie, Délirons avec Léon special Olympiques. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 2008.
2009 English Fiction Jennifer McGrath Kent, Chocolate River Rescue. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2007.
2009 English Non-Fiction Ann Love and Jane Drake, Sweet! The Delicious Story of Candy. Illustrated by Claudia Dávila. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2007.
2009 French Fiction Alain M. Bergeron, Capitaine Static. Illustrated by Sampar. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique, 2007.
2009 French Non-Fiction Annie Groovie, Délirons avec Léon! (#2). Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 2007.
2008 English Fiction Julie Lawson, No Safe Harbour: The Halifax Explosion Diary of Charlotte Blackburn. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2006.
2008 English Non-fiction Kathy Kacer, Hiding Edith. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2006.
2008 French Fiction Denis M. Boucher, Le monstre du Lac Baker. Moncton, NB: Éditions de la Francophonie, 2006.
2008 French Non-fiction Melvin Gallant, Ti-Jean-le-Rusé. Illustrated by Michel Duguay. Moncton, NB: Bouton d'or Acadie, 2006.
2007 English Fiction Pamela Porter, The Crazy Man. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2005.
2007 English Non-fiction Elizabeth MacLeod, Harry Houdini: A Magical Life. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2005.
2007 French Fiction Diane Bergeron, L’atlas perdu. Illustrated by Sampar. Saint-Lambert, QC: Soulières Éditeur, 2004.
2007 French Non-fiction Annie Groovie, Léon et les expressions. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 2004.
2006 Fiction Natale Ghent, No Small Thing. Toronto: HarperTrophy Canada, 2004.
2006 Non-fiction Linda Bailey, Adventures in the Ice Age. Illustrated by Bill Slavin. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2004.
2006 French Diane Carmel Léger, La butte à Pétard. Illustrated by Michel Léger. Moncton, NB: Bouton d'or Acadie, 2004.
2005 Fiction Deborah Ellis, Mud City. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2003.
2005 Non-fiction Diane Swanson, Tunnels! Toronto: Annick Press, 2003.
2005 French Alain M. Bergeron, Zak, le fantôme. Saint-Lambert, QC: Soulières éditeur, 2003.
2004 Fiction Alan Cumyn, The Secret Life of Owen Skye. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2002
2004 Non-fiction Karen Levine, Hana’s Suitcase. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2002.
2004 French Lucia Cavezzali, Opération Juliette. Montreal: Les Éditions Hurtubise HMH, 2002.
2003 Fiction Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2000.
2003 Non-fiction Linda Bailey, Adventures with the Vikings. Illustrated by Bill Slavin. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2001.
2003 French Marthe Pelletier, Chante pour moi, Charlotte. Illustrated by Rafael Sottolichio. Montréal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 2001.
2002 Fiction Sharon E. McKay, Charlie Wilcox. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2000.
2002 Non-fiction Vivien Bowers, Wow Canada! Exploring This Land From Coast to Coast to Coast. Toronto: Owl Books/Greey de Pencier, 1999.
2002 French François Barcelo, Premier trophée pour Momo de Sinro. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique Jeunesse, 2000.
2001 Fiction Kathy Kacer, The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1999.
2001 Non-fiction Andy Turnball and Debora Pearson, By Truck to the North: My Arctic Adventure. Toronto: Annick Press, 1998.
2000 Fiction Kenneth Oppel, Sunwing. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1999.
2000 Non-fiction Sheree Fitch, If You Could Wear My Sneakers. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1997.