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2016 Children's Book Centre Awards Winners

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  • Age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: ccbc awards, 49th Kids, award winners
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is thrilled to announce the winners of its seven English-language children’s book awards. The TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award was given to author Melanie Florence and illustrator François Thisdale, who will share the $30,000 prize, for their picture book Missing Nimâmâ (Clockwise Press); an additional $12,500 was divided between the winning book’s publisher and the creators of the other four nominated titles. Seven awards in total were given out: - See more at: Missing from our list Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You, written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth, which won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

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The Nest

by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Jon Klassen
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover Audiobook eBook
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: horror & ghost stories

A New York Times Editor’s Choice and a Best Book of the Year in the Globe and Mail, Publishers Weekly, Horn Book, School Library Journal and The Wall Street Journal, called “a masterpiece” (Globe and Mail) and now in paperback

She was very blurry, not at all human looking. There were huge dark eyes, and a kind of mane made of light, and when s …


Missing Nimama

by Melanie Florence, illustrated by Francois Thisdale
edition: Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: native canadian, violence, stories in verse

Kateri is a young girl, growing up in the care of her grandmother. We see her reaching important milestones her first day of school, first dance, first date, wedding, first child along with her mother, who is always there, watching her child growing up without her.

Told in alternating voices, Missing Nimama is a story of love, loss, and acceptance, …


The Scorpion Rules

by Erin Bow
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: survival stories, lgbt

The children of world leaders are held hostage in an attempt to keep the peace in this “slyly humorous, starkly thought-provoking” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) novel.

Greta is a Duchess and a Crown Princess. She is also a Child of Peace, a hostage held by the de facto ruler of the world, the great Artificial Intelligence, Talis. This is how …


Blackthorn Key

by Kevin Sands, read by Ray Panthaki
edition: Audiobook
also available: Audiobook (CD)
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: europe, mysteries & detective stories

Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in this “spectacular debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

“Tell no one what I’ve given you.”
Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex …


Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox

by Danielle Daniel
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: emotions & feelings, imagination & play

In this introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, young children explain why they identify with different creatures such as a deer, beaver or moose. Delightful illustrations show the children wearing masks representing their chosen animal, while the few lines of text on each page work as a series of simple poems throughout the boo …


The Truth Commission

by Susan Juby
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: siblings, assimilation

Open secrets are the heart of gossip—the things that no one is brave or clueless enough to ask. That is, except for Normandy Pale and her friends Dusk and Neil. They are juniors at Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design, and they have no fear.

They are the Truth Commission.

But Normandy’s passion for uncovering the truth is not entire …


Uncertain Soldier

by Karen Bass
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: military & wars, prejudice & racism, canada

It's WWII. Erich, a young German prisoner of war who dislikes Nazism, and Max, the twelve-year-old son of German immigrants, become friends when Erich is sent to work at a Canadian logging camp near Max’s town. But with a saboteur haunting the logging camp and anti-German feeling running high in town, their friendship puts them both in danger.

Sev …


Small Saul

illustrated by Ashley Spires
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: humorous stories, friendship, pirates

From the creator of Binky the Space Cat, a hilarious story about an unconventional little pirate.

Ahoy there! Will this sweet little pirate find his place aboard The Rusty Squid or will he be forced to walk the plank?

When Small Saul joins the crew of The Rusty Squid, it doesn't take long for the other pirates to notice something is very different a …