CBA Libris Awards Shortlist Revealed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TORONTO (May 9, 2013) – Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) and Retail Council of Canada (RCC) are delighted to announce today the 2013 CBA Libris Awards shortlist. Voted on by members of the Canadian book industry, the CBA Libris Awards will bring the book community together on Monday June 3 to honour talented authors whose works were embraced by book-buyers, and the dedicated professionals who ensured those authors’ books connected meaningfully with readers. The nominees in the picture book/young reader categories are listed below.

“Canadian books and authors have dominated the literary scene this year and we are excited to celebrate all those who have moved, impressed and inspired us over the past year,” said CBA President Mark Lefebvre. “The Libris Awards are the only opportunity for the industry to gather together and highlight the significant contributions and achievements of our dynamic industry.”

Picture Book Category

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas
Written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt
Kids Can Press

This Is Not My Hat
Written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
Candlewick Press

Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe
Written and illustrated by Wallace Edwards
Orca Book Publishers

Young Reader Category

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Written by Susan Nielsen
Tundra Books

The Stamp Collector
Written by Jennifer Lanthier
Illustrated by François Thisdale
Fitzhenry and Whiteside

Such Wicked Intent
Written by Kenneth Oppel
HarperCollins Canada/Simon & Schuster

For a complete list of nominees, please visit

SPECIAL PANEL PRESENTATION: To kick-off this year’s Libris celebration, a panel of booksellers and publishers will sit down to discuss trends, innovation and strategy in the bookselling industry. This panel is open to all those attending the Libris Awards Dinner.

For further information, please contact:

Jodi White, CBA Senior Manager
(416) 467-7883, ext.1 |