The 2017 IODE Ontario Jean Throop Book Award is to be presented to Kyo Maclear for Yak and Dove, which was illustrated by Esme Shapiro and published by Tundra Books.
Friends Yak and Dove are complete opposites. Yak is large and Dove is small. Yak has fur and Dove has feathers. Yak is polite. Dove is ill-mannered. Yak likes quiet. Dove likes noise. One day as Yak and Dove list their differences they come to the conclusion that maybe they aren’t meant to be friends. In the hope of finding a new best friend, Yak holds auditions. But when a small feathered contestant sings Yak’s favorite song, the two begin to think that maybe they are alike after all …
The award encourages excellence in Canadian children’s literature and is presented to an illustrator or author who resides in Ontario. The value of the annual award is $2,000. Previous IODE Jean Throop Book Award winners include Dennis Lee, Barbara Reid, Kenneth Oppel, Chris Hadfield, and Terry and Eric Fan.
The award will be presented on June 1st, 2018 at the IODE Ontario Provincial Annual Meeting in London, Ontario.
For more information, contact:
Mary K. Anderson, Chair
IODE Jean Throop Book Award Committee
45 Frid Street, Suite 9
Hamilton, ON L8P 4M3