Red Cedar Book Award

The Red Cedar Book Awards Program encourages students in Grades 4 - 7 in British Columbia to read Canadian fiction and non-fiction titles. Each year, a Red Cedar Award is presented to one fiction and one non-fiction book which receive the most votes from children in the program. The first award was presented in May of 1998. To be included in the program, a book must have been: written by and illustrated by a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has lived in Canada for at least two years; published two calendar years before the nomination date; published by a recognized publisher and available in print; recognized by other reviewers of Canadian children’s literature; and recognized as being of general interest to students in grades 4 to 7. Winners are announced annually in May. For information or to email YRCA board members, please see the official website.


Administered By
Young Readers’ Choice Awards Society of BC




Awards Recipients

Year Detail Recipient
2002 Non-Fiction Vivien Bowers, Wow Canada! Exploring This Land From Coast to Coast to Coast. Toronto: Owl Books/Greey de Pencier, 1999.
2004 Fiction Virginia Frances Schwartz, If I Just Had Two Wings. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2001.
2012 Non-Fiction Valerie Wyatt, How to Build Your Own Country. Illustrated by Fred Rix. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2009.
2007 Non-Fiction Trudee Romanek, Aha! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Intelligence. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2004.
2009 Non-Fiction Stanley Coren, Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses? Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2006.
2013 Fiction Sara Leach, Count Me In. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2011.
2008 Fiction Pamela Porter, The Crazy Man. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2005.
2013 Non-Fiction Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2011.
2001 Non-Fiction Marg Meikle, Funny You Should Ask. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1998.
2004 Non-Fiction Lyn Thomas, Ha! Ha! Ha! 1000+ Jokes, Riddles, Facts, and More. Illustrated by Diane Eastman. Toronto: Maple Tree Press/Owl Books, 2
1998 Non-Fiction Linda Granfield, In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae. Illustrated by Janet Wilson. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 1996.
2003 Non-Fiction Linda Bailey, Adventures in the Middle Ages. Illustrated by Bill Slavin. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2000.
2006 Non-Fiction Larry Verstraete, Survivors: True Death-Defying Escapes. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2003.
2009 Fiction L.M. Falcone, The Devil, the Banshee and Me. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2006.
1999 Fiction Kit Pearson, Awake and Dreaming. Toronto: Penguin, 1999.
2000 Fiction Kenneth Oppel, Silverwing. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 1997.
2002 Fiction Kenneth Oppel, Sunwing. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.
2007 Fiction Kenneth Oppel, Airborn. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2004.
2005 Non-Fiction Karen Levine, Hana’s Suitcase. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2002.
1999 Non-Fiction Hugh Brewster, Anastasia's Album. Toronto: Madison Press/Penguin Books Canada, 1996.
2014 Fiction Gordon Korman, Ungifted. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2012.
2001 Fiction Gayle Friesen, Janey’s Girl. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1998.
2011 Non-Fiction Frieda Wishinsky and Elizabeth MacLeod
2003 Fiction Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2000.
2005 Fiction Deborah Ellis, Parvana’s Journey. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2002.
2006 Fiction Deborah Ellis, Mud City. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2003.
2000 Non-fiction Dave Bouchard, The Great Race. Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 1997.
2014 Non-Fiction Claire Eamer
2010 Fiction Christina Kilbourne, Dear Jo: The Story of Losing Leah…and Searching for Hope. Montreal: Lobster Press, 2007.
2008 Non-Fiction Bill Slavin with Jim Slavin, Transformed: How Everyday Things Are Made. Illustrated by Bill Slavin. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2005.
1998 Fiction Bernice Thurman Hunter, Amy’s Promise. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1995.
2012 Fiction Becky Citra, After the Fire. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2010.
2010 Non-Fiction Ann Love and Jane Drake, Sweet! The Delicious Story of Candy. Illustrated by Claudia Dávila. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2007.
2011 Fiction Alma Fullerton, Libertad. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2008.