Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

Canada’s non-fiction books for young people are internationally renowned for the superb quality of their text, illustration and design. The Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction was established by the Fleck Family Foundation and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre on May 17, 1999 to recognize and raise the profile of these exceptional non-fiction books.

The $10,000 Norma Fleck Award is the largest of its kind in Canadian children’s books and is considered to be one of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes. The Norma Fleck Award is exclusively a non-fiction prize; most other Canadian’s children’s book prizes either evaluate fiction and non-fiction together, or don’t award non-fiction.

About Norma Fleck

The Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction is named after Dr. Jim Fleck’s mother, Norma Marie Byrnes, who fostered a love of reading in her children and grandchildren. Norma worked as a nurse until she married Robert Douglas Fleck in 1930, and raised three sons during the Depression with energy, good spirits and creativity.

A lifelong avid reader herself, Norma read to her children and encouraged them to read. “Mother believed that quality reading enriches one’s life,” says Jim Fleck. “She would be greatly pleased by this award in her name.” Norma Fleck died in 1998 at the age of 92.

Criteria and Submission Information

2020 details coming January 2020

Award Recipients

For the full list of finalists and winners, please click here.

Year Recipient
2019 James Gladstone. Turtle Pond. Illustrated by Karen Reczuch. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2018.
2018 Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale. #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women. Toronto: Annick Press, 2017.
2017 Elizabeth MacLeod. Canada Year by Year. Illustrated by Sydney Smith. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2016.
2016 Cory Silverberg. Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You. Illustrated by Fiona Smyth. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2015.
2015 Kira Vermond. Why We Live Where We Live. Illustrated by Julie McLaughlin. Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2014.
2014 Rona Arato. The Last Train: A Holocaust Story. Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2013.
2013 Deborah Ellis. Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2012.
2012 Susan Vande Griek. Loon. Illustrated by Karen Reczuch. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2011.
2011 Susan Hughes. Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science. Illustrated by Michael Wandelmaier. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2010.
2010 Priscilla Galloway with Dawn Hunter. Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road. Toronto: Annick Press, 2009.
2009 Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland. The Bite of the Mango. Toronto: Annick Press, 2008.
2008 Hugh Brewster. At Vimy Ridge: Canada’s Greatest World War I Victory. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2007.
2007 Jan Thornhill. I Found a Dead Bird: The Kids’ Guide to the Cycle of Life & Death. Toronto: Maple Tree Press, 2006.
2006 Bill Slavin with Jim Slavin, Transformed: How Everyday Things Are Made. Illustrated by Bill Slavin. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2005.
2005 Shari Graydon. In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and You. Toronto: Annick Press, 2004.
2004 Val Ross. The Road to There: Mapmakers and their Stories. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2003.
2003 Larry Loyie with Constance Brissenden. As Long as the Rivers Flow. Illustrated by Heather D. Holmlund. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2002
2002 Jack Batten. The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone: The Story of Tom Longboat. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2002.
2001 Gena K. Gorrell. Heart and Soul: The Story of Florence Nightingale. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2000.
2000 Simon Tookoome with Sheldon Oberman. The Shaman’s Nephew: A Life Far North. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 1999.
1999 Andy Turnbull and Debora Pearson. By Truck to the North: My Arctic Adventure. Toronto: Annick Press, 1998.