How to Build Your Own Country wins 2010 Information Book Award

The Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada have selected How to Build Your Own Country by Valerie Wyatt with illustrations by Fred Rix (Kids Can Press), as the winner of the 2010 Information Book Award. Hugh Brewster’s Dieppe: Canada’s Darkest Day of World War II (Scholastic Canada) is the 2010 honour book.

The 2010 Information Book Award of $1000 will be presented in Vancouver on February 26, 2011 at Serendipity, an all-day graphic novel extravaganza presented by the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable….(featuring renowned graphic novelists Gene Yang, author of American Born Chinese, Matt Holm author of Baby Mouse, Raina Telgemeir author of Smile, and others!)

Accolades and heartiest congratulations to winners Valerie Wyatt, Fred Rix and Kids Can Press and to honour book recipients Hugh Brewster and Scholastic. Kudos to the three exceptional and most worthy finalists and “runners up” for the 2010 Information Book Award:

You Are Weird: Your Body`s Peculiar Parts and Funny Functions
Written by Diane Swanson. Illustrated by Kathy Boake
Kids Can Press

Follow that Map! A First Book of Mapping Skills
Written and illustrated by Scot Ritchie
Kids Can Press

A Thousand Years of Pirates
Written and illustrated by William Gilkerson
Tundra Books

Sincere thanks to all members of the various Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada who participated in the voting process of this very special award that acknowledges excellence in Canadian non-fiction aimed at informing, inspiring and connecting young readers from coast to coast.

For more information, please contact:

Lois Brymer, National Chair, Information Book Award Committee