Sep 7, 2017
Celebrating Canada’s top children’s authors & illustrators
Just in advance of International Literacy Day, TD is proud to announce the five finalists for the 2017 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards, which celebrates the best literary work by Canadian children’s authors and illustrators. As one of the largest Canadian children’s book awards, the winner will take home the $30,000 grand prize at a gala in Toronto on November 21, 2017. The remaining finalists will share in a $10,000 prize.
Young readers can also vote for their favourite nominated book online via the CBC website starting in early October as part of the $5,000 Fan Choice Award. One lucky voter will also receive a $500 prize, as well as a visit by one of the nominated authors, book donations and a generous financial donation to their school library.
TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards is sponsored by TD and administered by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in association with CBC. Since the program started in 2004, 120 books have been honoured through the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award in both official languages.
From a tale of an unlikely feathered hero to a modern fable about suburban sprawl, this year’s finalists are:
A Day of Signs and Wonders (Ages 8-12), Written by Kit Pearson, HarperTrophy Canada
The Skeleton Tree (Ages 10-14), Written by Iain Lawrence, Tundra Books
Tokyo Digs a Garden (Ages 5-9), Written by Jon-Erik Lappano, Illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka, Groundwood Books
The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk (Ages 9-12), Written and illustrated by Jan Thornhill, Groundwood Books
When We Were Alone (Ages 6-9), Written by David Alexander Robertson, Illustrated by Julie Flett, HighWater Press