Canadian Library Association announces their 2012 shortlists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ottawa (March , 2012) – The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques has announced the 2012 shortlists for the Book of the Year for Children Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award and Young Adult Book Award.The winner of the each award, and the Honour Books, will be announced prior to the National Canadian Library Association Conference and Trade Show. The award will be presented at the conference in Ottawa, Ontario on May 31 at the annual awards reception.The shortlist for each of the catgories is listed below.

CLA Book of the Year for Children Award

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This notable award recognizes a Canadian author of an outstanding book published in Canada in 2011, which appeals to children up to and including age 12. This year, the committee was presented with 218 books, of which 32 were ultimately long‐listed for a thorough reading and review. The wealth of extraordinary children’s writers in Canada made this a phenomenal task. On behalf of the children of Canada, we salute the efforts and accomplishments of these writers, and we thank them and their publishers for providing our children with an inspired collection of new titles.

Dragon Seer’s Gift
Written by Janet McNaughton | Published by HarperCollins Canada

Dragon Turn
Written by Shane Peacock | Published by Tundra Books

Empire of Ruins
Written by Arthur Slade | Published by HarperCollins Canada

From Then to Now: A Short History of the World
Written by Christopher Moore | Illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski | Published by Tundra Books

Howl
Written by Karen Hood‐Caddy | Published by Dundurn Press

No Ordinary Day
Written by Deborah Ellis | Published by Groundwood Books

That Boy Red
Written by Rachna Gilmore | Published by HarperCollins Canada

The Tiffin
Written by Mahtab Narsimhan | Published by Dancing Cat Books

When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew: Tales of Ti-Jean
Written by Jan Andrews | Illustrated by Dušan Petričić | Published by Groundwood Books

The Whole Truth
Written by Kit Pearson | Published by HarperCollins Canada

The above this was respectfully submitted on behalf of the 2011‐2012 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award Jury:

Myra Junyk, Literacy Advocate and Author, Toronto – Chair
Megan Clare, Librarian, Waterloo
Jaclyn McLean, Librarian, Prince Albert
Kay Weisman, Children’s Literature Consultant, Vancouver
Alexandra Yarrow, Librarian, Ottawa

For more information contact Myra Junyk at myrajunyk@yahoo.ca

Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award

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This award recognizes an illustrator of a noteworthy Canadian book, published in 2011, that appeals to children up to the age of 12 years.

Along a Long Road
Illustrated and written by Frank Viva | Published by HarperCollins Canada

Cinnamon Baby
Illustrated by Janice Nadeau | Written by Nicola Winstanley | Published by Kids Can Press

A Few Blocks
Illustrated and written by Cybèle Young | Published by Groundwood Books

The Legend of the Fog
Illustrated by Danny Christopher | Written by Written by Qaunaq Mikkigak and Joanne Schwartz | Published by Inhabit Media Inc.

Migrant
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault | Written by Maxine Trottier | Published by Groundwood Books

My Name is Elizabeth!
Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe | Written by Annika Dunklee | Published by Kids Can Press

Picture a Tree
Illustrated and written by Barbara Reid | Published by Scholastic Canada

The Qalupalik
Illustrated by Joy Ang | Written by Elisha Kilabuk | Published by Inhabit Media Inc.

Slimon the Slug
Illustrated by Bonnie Bews | Written by Susan E. Ross | Published by Yellow Toadstool Press

Small Saul
Illustrated and written by Ashley Spires | Published by Kids Can Press

The above list was respectfully submitted on behalf of the 2011-2012 CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award Jury:

Delilah Deane Cummings, Coordinator, Community Outreach & Program Services, London Public Library, Chair
Joy Huebert, Children’s and Family Literacy Librarian, Greater Victoria Public Library
Lynne Thorimbert, Librarian/Consultant Services, Marigold Library System, Alberta
Stirling Prentice, Librarian, Ottawa Public Library
Diana Gauthier, retired teacher-librarian, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

For more information contact Delilah Deane Cummings at 519-661-5100 ext. 7422

CLA Young Adult Book Award

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This award recognizes an author of an outstanding English-language Canadian work of fiction (novel, collection of short stories or graphic novel), published in 2011, that appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18.

All Good Children
Written by Catherine Austen | Published by Orca Book Publishers

Fanatics
Written by William Bell | Published by Doubleday Canada

The Gathering
Written by Kelley Armstrong | Published by Doubleday Canada

Held
Written by Edeet Ravel | Published by Annick Press

Karma
Written by Cathy Ostlere | Published by Puffin Canada

My Beating Teenage Heart
Written by by C.K. Kelly Martin | Published by Random House Books for Young Readers

Once Every Never
Written by Lesley Livingston | Published by Puffin Canada

The Town that Drowned
Written by Riel Nason | PUblished by Goose Lane Editions

This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein
Written by Kenneth Oppel | Published by HarperCollins Canada

The Woefield Poultry Collective
Written by Susan Juby | Published by HarperCollins Canada

The above list was respectfully submitted on behalf of the 2011-2012 CLA Young Adult Book Award Jury:

Carol Rigby, Chair, Contract Cataloguer, Maberly, ON / Iqaluit, NU
Barb Janicek, Kitchener Public Library
Kim Hebig, Wheatland Regional Library
Stephanie Vollick, Vernon Branch, Okanagan Regional Library
Carmelita Cousins, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board

For more information contact Carol Rigby at cerigby@xplornet.com

The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques is Canada’s largest national and broad-based library association, representing the interests of public, academic, school and special libraries, professional librarians and library workers, and all those concerned about enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through information and literacy.