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The vote is on: Young readers across Canada to pick the winner of the CBC Fan Choice Contest

by pmnationtalk on October 11, 2017117 Views

Calling all young readers from across Canada; it’s time to get online and vote for your favourite TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards finalist. The book with the most votes will be crowned the winner of the CBC Fan Choice Contest. 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.

Voting runs from October 9, 2017 until November 19, 2017, at

The TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards celebrates the best literary work by Canadian children’s authors and illustrators. As one of the largest prizes in Canadian children’s literature, the winner will take home the top prize of $30,000 and title of the most distinguished children’s book of the year. The remaining finalists will share in a $10,000 prize. Winners will be announced at a gala in Toronto on November 21, 2017.

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This year’s finalists are:

A Day of Signs and Wonders
Written by Kit Pearson (Victoria, BC)
HarperTrophy Canada
for ages 8-12

“In this fictional story about two historical figures — the young Emily Carr and Victoria’s socialite, Kitty O’Reilly — Pearson delves with astute perception into the qualities and psyches of two very different personalities. Both characters are surprising and convincing, and Pearson’s respect for children’s emotions and intelligence — both her characters’ and her readers’ — is admirably apparent throughout.”

The Skeleton Tree
Written by Iain Lawrence (Gabriola Island, BC)
Tundra Books
for ages 10-14

“Lawrence is well known for his tales of high seas adventure. In The Skelton Tree he offers a compelling yarn of sea and shipwreck close to his home in the Pacific Northwest. Lawrence weaves a touching tale of struggle and conflict, hope and determination, and of family and identity, in a page-turning, breathtaking style His firsthand knowledge of his setting brings lush, exhilarating vibrancy to this excellent survival story.”

Tokyo Digs a Garden
Written by Jon-Erik Lappano (Guelph, ON)
Illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka (Toronto, ON)
Groundwood Books
for ages 5-9

“Sparce, humorous text, accompanied by bright, bold illustrations, create a timely and modern fable about suburban sprawl and a child’s desire for things to be the way they were when his grandad was a little boy. The charm of Tokyo Digs a Garden lies in its understated text which contrasts perfectly with its colourful and wildly imaginative illustrations.”

The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk
Written and illustrated by Jan Thornhill (Havelock, ON)
Groundwood Books
for ages 9-12

“The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk is a riveting story about an unlikely hero, a bird, whose fate the reader knows in advance, extinction. Nonetheless, readers will feel compelled to root for its success in the face of adversity. Distinctive and evocative images mesh with strong writing about the lifestyle and obstacles that are a part of daily life for this resourceful bird. Thebook draws the reader into its world — our world — in a way that’s both haunted and haunting.”

When We Were Alone
Written by David Alexander Robertson (Winnipeg, MB)
Illustrated by Julie Flett (Vancouver, BC)
HighWater Press
for ages 6-9

“When We Were Alone is an affirmation of human spirit, truth and reconciliation in equal measures and is  beautifully captured by Robertson’s simple yet powerful text and Flett’s vibrant illustrations. Powerful words and illustrations combine to tell a beautiful story of a grandmother, after the horrors of residential school, taking back and celebrating her culture and language and ensuring her family feels the same pride.”


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