TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

On October 28, 2004 the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and the TD Bank Group announced the establishment of a brand-new annual, children’s book award, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for the most distinguished book of the year. “Distinguished” is defined as marked by conspicuous excellence and/or eminence, individually distinct and noted for significant achievement with excellence in quality.

All books, in any genre, written by a Canadian and for children ages 1 through 12 are eligible. In the case of a picture book or graphic novel, both the author and the illustrator must be Canadian. Only books published in Canada are eligible for submission.

The grand prize is $50,000 for the most distinguished book written in English and $50,000 for the most distinguished book written in French. In addition, there is a total of $20,000 awarded for honour books ($10,000 in English and $10,000 in French). The winning publishers each receive $2,500 for promotion and publicity purposes.

In finding the two most distinguished books of the year, the judges will, in their deliberations, consider only the individual book and not the entire body of work by an author nor whether the author has previously won the award.

Criteria and Submission Information

2020 details coming January 2020

Award Recipients

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

Year Detail Recipient
2019 English language Heather Smith. Ebb & Flow. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2018.
2019 French language
2018 English language Joanne Schwartz. Town Is by the Sea. Illustrated by Sydney Smith. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2017.
2018 French language Marianne Dubuc. Le chemin de la montagne. Varennes, QC: Comme des géants, 2017.
2017 English language Jan Thornhill. The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2016.
2017 French language Larry Tremblay. Même pas vrai. Illustrated by Guillaume Perreault. Montreal: Éditions de la Bagnole, 2016.
2016 English language Melanie Florence. Missing Nimâmâ. Illustrated by François Thisdale. Aurora, ON: Clockwise Press, 2015.
2016 French language Jacques Goldstyn. L’arbragan. Montreal: Éditions de la Pastèque, 2015.
2015 English language Jonathan Auxier. The Night Gardener. Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2014.
2015 French language Marianne Dubuc. L’autobus. Montreal: Comme des géants, 2014.
2014 English language Kathy Stinson. The Man with the Violin. Illustrated by Dušan Petricic. Toronto: Annick Press, 2013.
2014 French language Andrée Poulin. La plus grosse poutine du monde. Montreal: Bayard Canada, 2013.
2013 English language Polly Horvath. One Year in Coal Harbour. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2012.
2013 French language Michel Noël. À la recherche du bout du monde. Montreal: Éditions Hurtubise HMH, 2012.
2012 English Language Trilby Kent. Stones for My Father. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2011.
2012 French Language Mario Brassard. La saison des pluies. Illustrated by Suana Verelst. St-Lambert, QC: Soulières éditeur, 2011.
2011 English Language Erin Bow. Plain Kate. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2010.
2011 French Language Linda Amyot. La fille d’en face. Montreal: Leméac éditeur, 2010.
2010 English Language Arthur Slade. The Hunchback Assignments. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2009.
2010 French Language Mélanie Tellier. Le géranium. Illustrated by Melinda Josie. Montréal: Éditions Marchand de feuilles, 2009.
2009 English Language Nicola I. Campbell. Shin-chi’s Canoe. Illustrated by Kim LaFave. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2008.
2009 French Language Anne Villeneuve. Chère Traudi. Montreal: Éditions Les 400 coups, 2008.
2008 English Language Christopher Paul Curtis. Elijah of Buxton. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2007.
2008 French Language Gilles Vigneault. Un cadeau pour Sophie. Illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. Montreal: Éditions La montagne secrète, 2007.
2007 English Language Sarah Ellis. Odd Man Out. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2006.
2007 French Language André Leblanc. L’Envers de la chanson : des enfants au travail 1850-1950. Montreal: Les éditions Les 400 coups, 2006.
2006 English Language Pamela Porter. The Crazy Man. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2005.
2006 French Language François Gravel. David et le salon funéraire. Illustrated by Pierre Pratt. St-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2005.
2005 English Language Marthe Jocelyn. Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril, and Romance. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2004.
2005 French Language François Barcelo. Le nul et la chipie. Illustrated by Anne Villeneuve. St-Lambert, QC: Soulières Éditeur, 2004.