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
For the full list of finalists and winners, please click here.
|2019||English language||Heather Smith. Ebb & Flow. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2018.|
|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.|