Jan Thornhill Wins 2015 Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People

Last night, the Writers’ Trust of Canada presented six literary awards and $139,000 to Canadian writers. The Writers’ Trust Awards ceremony is one of the richest literary prize-giving events in Canada. The Writers’ Trust supports Canadian writers through ongoing initiatives that include a total of ten national literary awards, as well as financial grants, scholarships, and a writers’ retreat.

Jan Thornhill (Havelock, ON), the author and illustrator of numerous science and nature books for children, won the $20,000 Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People. The Vicky Metcalf Award is awarded for a body of work to a writer of literature for young readers.

The winner was chosen by a jury composed of Gwyneth Evans, Marthe Jocelyn, and Susan Perren. “With clarity and grace, Jan Thornhill’s books use both art and text to draw children into a closer and more understanding relationship with the natural world.”

The prize is sponsored by the Metcalf Foundation.

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