Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award


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Canadian Library Association



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Reta Pyke, Chair
Book of the Year for Children Award Jury

To merit consideration for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, a book must have been published in Canada, in the previous and its author must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. Any work that is an act of creative writing (i.e., fiction, poetry, narrative, non-fiction, retelling of traditional literature) shall be deemed eligible regardless of published format, including anthologies and collections.


Yearsort icon Detail Recipient
2015 Jonathan Auxier, The Night Gardener. Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2014.
2014 Allan Stratton, Curse of the Dream Witch. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2013.
2013 Susin Nielsen, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2012.
2012 Kit Pearson, The Whole Truth. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.
2011 Kenneth Oppel, Half Brother. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2010.
2010 Nancy Hartry, Watching Jimmy. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2009.
2009 Anne Laurel Carter, The Shepherd’s Granddaughter. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2008.
2008 Christopher Paul Curtis, Elijah of Buxton. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2007.
2007 Hadley Dyer, Johnny Kellock Died Today. Toronto: HarperTrophyCanada, 2006.
2006 Pamela Porter, The Crazy Man. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2005.
2005 Anne Laurel Carter, Last Chance Bay. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2004.
2004 Brian Doyle, Boy O’ Boy. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2003.
2003 Karen Levine, Hana’s Suitcase. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2002.
2002 Jean Little, Orphan at My Door. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2001.
2001 Nan Gregory, Wild Girl & Gran. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Calgary: Red Deer Press, 2000.
2000 Kenneth Oppel, Sunwing. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 1999.
1999 Tim Wynne-Jones, Stephen Fair. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1998
1998 Kenneth Oppel, Silverwing. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 1997.
1997 Brian Doyle, Uncle Ronald. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1996.
1996 Maxine Trottier, The Tiny Kite of Eddie Wing. Illustrated by Al Van Mil. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 1995.
1995 Cora Taylor, Summer of the Mad Monk. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1994.
1994 Tim Wynne-Jones, Some of the Kinder Planets. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1993.
1993 Celia Barker Lottridge, Ticket To Curlew. Illustrated by Wendy Wolsak-Frith. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1992.
1992 Kevin Major, Eating Between The Lines. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1991.
1991 Michael Bedard, Redwork. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1990.
1990 Kit Pearson, The Sky is Falling. Markham, ON: Viking Kestrel, 1989.
1989 Brian Doyle, Easy Avenue. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1988.
1988 Kit Pearson, A Handful of Time. Markham, ON: Viking Kestrel, 1987
1987 Janet Lunn, Shadow in Hawthorn Bay. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1986.
1986 Cora Taylor, Julie. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1985.
1985 Jean Little, Mama’s Going To Buy You a Mockingbird. Toronto: Penguin Books, 1984.
1984 Jan Hudson, Sweetgrass. Edmonton: Tree Frog Press, 1984.
1983 Brian Doyle, Up To Low. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1982.
1982 Janet Lunn, The Root Cellar. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1981.
1981 Donn Kushner, The Violin Maker’s Gift. Illustrated by Doug Panton. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1980.
1980 James Houston, River Runners: A Tale of Hardship and Bravery. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1979.
1979 Kevin Major, Hold Fast. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1978.
1978 Dennis Lee, Garbage Delight. Illustrated by Frank Newfeld. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1977.
1977 Christie Harris, Mouse Woman and the Vanished Princesses. Illustrated by Douglas Tait. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1976.
1976 Mordecai Richler, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang. Illustrated by Fritz Wegner. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1975.
1975 Dennis Lee, Alligator Pie. Illustrated by Frank Newfeld. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1974.
1974 Elizabeth Cleaver, The Miraculous Hind: A Hungarian Legend. Toronto: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973.
1973 Ruth Nichols, The Marrow of the World. Illustrated by Trina Schart. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1972.
1972 Ann Blades, Mary of Mile 18. Montreal: Tundra Books, 1971.
1971 William Toye, Cartier Discovers the St. Lawrence. Illustrated by Laszlo Gal. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1970.
1970 Edith Fowke, Sally Go Round the Sun: 300 Songs, Rhymes and Games of Canadian Children. Illustrated by Laszlo Kubinyi. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1969.
1969 Kay Hill, And Tomorrow The Stars: The Story of John Cabot. New York: Dodd Mead and Co., 1968.
1968 James Houston, The White Archer: An Eskimo Legend. Toronto: Academic Press, 1967.
1967 Christie Harris, Raven’s Cry. Illustrated by Bill Reid. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1966.
1966 James Houston, Tikta’liktak: An Eskimo Legend. Toronto: Longmans, 1965.
1966 James McNeill, The Double Knights: More Tales from Round the World. Illustrated by Theo Dimson. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1964.
1965 Dorothy M. Reid, Tales of Nanabozho. Illustrated by Donald Grant. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1963.
1964 Roderick Haig-Brown, The Whale People. Illustrated by Mary Weiler. London: Collins, 1962.
1963 Sheila Burnford, The Incredible Journey. Illustrated by Carl Burger. Toronto: Hodder & Stoughton, 1961.
1961 William Toye, The St. Lawrence. Illustrated by Leo Rampen. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1959.
1960 Marius Barbeau, The Golden Phoenix and Other French Canadian Fairy Tales retold by Michael Hornyansky. Illustrated by Arthur Price. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1958.
1959 John F. Hayes, The Dangerous Cove: A Story of the Early Days in Newfoundland. Illustrated by Fred Finely. Vancouver: Copp Clark, 1957.
1958 Farley Mowat, Lost in the Barrens. Illustrated by Charles Geer. Toronto: Little, Brown and Co., 1956.
1957 Cyrus Macmillan, Glooskap’s Country and other Indian Tales. Illustrated by John A. Hall. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1955.
1956 Louise Riley, Train for Tiger Lily. Illustrated by Christine Price. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1954.
1952 Catherine Anthony Clark, The Sun Horse. Illustrated by Clare Bice. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1951.
1950 Richard S. Lambert, Franklin of the Arctic: A Life of Adventure. Maps by Julius Griffith. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1949.
1949 Mabel Dunham, Kristli’s Trees. Illustrated by Selwyn Dewdney. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1948.
1947 Roderick Haig-Brown, Starbuck Winter Valley. Illustrated by Charles Defeo. New York: William Morrow, 1943.