CCBC Book Awards

The following awards are administered by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. The shortlist for each of the following awards will be announced annually in September, with the winners being announced later in October/November.

Amy Mathers Teen Book Award

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The Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, established in 2014, honours excellence in teen/young adult fiction. The prize is awarded annually with a cash prize of $5,000. To be eligible, the book must be an original work in English, aimed at readers aged 13-18 and written by a Canadian or a Permanent Resident of Canada.

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

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The Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People is awarded annually to reward excellence in the writing of an outstanding work of historical fiction for young readers, by a Canadian author, published in the previous calendar year. In 2008, the value of the prize was increased from $1,000 to $5,000.

John Spray Mystery Award

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The John Spray Mystery Award (2011-2020) honoured excellence in the mystery book genre. The prize, sponsored by John Spray, President of Mantis Investigation Agency, was awarded annually with a cash prize of $5,000. To be eligible, the book must have been an original work in English, aimed at readers eight to 18 and written by a Canadian. A mystery book can be a thriller, a crime novel or a whodunit. The final award was presented in 2020.

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

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The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, established in 2006, honours excellence in the illustrated picture book format. The prize is awarded annually and in 2008, the cash prize was increased from $10,000 to $20,000. To be eligible, the book must be an original work in English, aimed at children ages three to eight, written and illustrated by Canadians and first published in Canada. Eligible genres include fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy

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The Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy (2012-2016) honoured excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy writing for children and adolescents. The prize was awarded annually with a cash prize of $5,000. To be eligible, the book must be been an original work in English, aimed at readers ages eight to 18 and written by a Canadian or a permanent resident of Canada. The award was sponsored by HarperCollins Canada in memory of the late Monica Hughes. The final award was presented in 2016.

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

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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 annual prize is $10,000.

Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse

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Le 28 octobre 2004, le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien et le Groupe Banque TD ont annoncé l’établissement d’un nouveau prix annuel de la littérature jeunesse, soit le Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse. Ce prix reconnaît l’excellence de la littérature jeunesse canadienne en offrant deux prix littéraires de 50 000 $ chacun, pour un livre en anglais et pour un livre en français qui ont apporté une contribution importante à l’excellence de la littérature jeunesse canadienne.

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TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

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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. The award recognizes excellence in Canadian children’s literature by awarding two cash prizes of $50,000 each to an English-language book and a French-language book which are deemed to have made a significant contribution to excellence in Canadian children’s literature.

Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse

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Le Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse (2017-2021) a honoré l’excellence des albums canadiens de langue française pour les jeunes de 3 à 8. Ce prix, généreusement offert par Mary Macchiusi, était établi pour honorer le défunt Harry Black. Le dernier prix a été présenté en 2021.

Jean Little First-Novel Award

Established in 2021, the Jean Little First-Novel Award is intended to recognize the achievements of a first-time Canadian children’s middle-grade novelist. After the beloved Jean Little died in April 2020, Sarah Ellis, Kit Pearson and Maggie de Vries came up with the idea of establishing an award in Jean’s name. The annual prize is $5,000.

David Booth Children’s and Youth Poetry Award

Established in 2022, the David Booth Children’s and Youth Poetry Award is intended to recognize excellence in Canadian children’s and youth poetry. The award honours David Booth, former Professor Emeritus in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). The biennial award is a cash prize of $3,500 and is sponsored by David’s colleague and dear friend Shelley Stagg Peterson.

Arlene Barlin Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Arlene Barlin Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy was established in 2022 to recognize excellence in Canadian children’s speculative fiction. Inspired by her sister’s love of the fantasy and science fiction genre of books and film, Canadian children’s book advocate, Elly Barlin-Daniels is pleased to sponsor the annual $5,000 prize in memory of Arlene who passed from breast cancer in 2018.