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.

The submission deadline for our English-language book award was March 1, 2021. We are no longer accepting submissions. The submission deadline for our French-language awards is March 15, 2021. We have once again partnered with Communication-Jeunesse; they will be administering the French awards. If you have any questions about submitting French-language books to the Prix TD and/or the Prix Harry Black, please contact Pénélope Jolicoeur at p.jolicoeur@communication-jeunesse.qc.ca.

 

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.

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

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Depuis 2004, le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien (The Canadian Children’s Book Centre) et le Groupe Banque TD ont mis sur pied le Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, pour le livre le plus remarquable de l’année. L’œuvre doit se démarquer par sa contribution générale à la littérature et l’excellence de son apport aux jeunes lecteurs.

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 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.

Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse

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Le Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse, doté d’une bourse de 5 000$, est remis au meilleur livre canadien de langue française destiné aux enfants âgés de trois à huit ans.

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.