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Winners of GG's Awards for Kids Books 2012–17

Created by kileyturner
tagged: Children's fiction, illustration, GGs
These are the books that have won Governor General's Literature Awards for children's text and children's illustrated fiction from 2012–17.

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The Marrow Thieves

by Cherie Dimaline
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, environment, dystopian, own voices

Winner of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award (Young People's Literature - Text)
Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize
Winner of the 2018 Sunburst Award
Winner of the 2018 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award
Winner of the 2018 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature
Just when you think you have nothing left to lose, they com …

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When We Were Alone

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: native canadian, multigenerational, values & virtues, prejudice & racism, post-confederation (1867-)

When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother’s garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a res …

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Tokyo Digs a Garden

by Jon-Erik Lappano, illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: environment, city & town life

Winner of the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books

Tokyo lives in a small house between giant buildings with his family and his cat, Kevin. For years, highways and skyscrapers have been built up around the family’s house where once there were hills and trees. Will they ever experience the natur …

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Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: imagination & play, parents

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Book

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year

In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and re …

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The Gospel Truth

by Caroline Pignat
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: civil war period (1850-1877), 19th century, novels in verse
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When Everything Feels like the Movies

by Raziel Reid
edition: Paperback
tagged: gay, lgbt

WINNER, Governor General's Literary Award

CBC Canada Reads 2015 Runner-up

An edgy and extravagant YA novel about a glamorous boy named Jude.

School is just like a film set: there's The Crew, who make things happen, The Extras who fill the empty desks, and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants tagged in their Facebook photos. But Jude doesn't fit in. He …

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This One Summer

created by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: friendship, girls & women

Winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration

Rose and Windy are summer friends whose families have visited Awago Beach for as long as they can remember. But this year is different, and they soon find themselves tangled in teen love and family crisis. From the creators of Skim comes an investigation into the mysterious world of …

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The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

by Susin Nielsen
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: emotions & feelings, bullying, new experience

Thirteen-year-old Henry's happy, ordinary life comes to an abrupt halt when his older brother, Jesse, picks up their father's hunting rifle and leaves the house one morning. What follows shatters Henry's family, who are forced to resume their lives in a new city, where no one knows their past. When Henry's therapist suggests he keeps a journal, at …