The Canadian children's lit world turned out last night to the Ritz Carlton in Toronto to celebrate the 2012 TD Children's Literature Awards. And the ambiance was truly ritzy, thanks to sparkling lights, clinking champagne glasses, and the anticipation in the air for the presentation of some of the most exciting literary awards of the season.
The event was hosted by CBC's Garvia Bailey, who held the crowd in thrall and elaborated on the great TD Children's Literature Awards programming going on over at CBC Books. She introduced Tim Hockey to the stage, President and CEO of TD Canada Trust, who was followed by Todd Kyle, President of the Canadian Children's Book Centre Board of Directors. The 2012 TD Grade One Book Giveaway title was announced, I've Lost My Cat by Philippe Béha.
For a full list of the evening's nominees, check out our list here.
The first award of the night was particularly special, the inaugural Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Presented by Hughes' daughter Adrienne, who spoke warmly of her mother's talent and her r …