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Winners: 2020 CCBC Book Awards

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  • Age: 3 to 100
  • Grade: p to 17
tagged: book awards, kids books
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is delighted to announce the winners of its English‐language children’s book awards. Awarded tonight at a virtual event in Toronto hosted by CBC host Tony Kim, Julie Flett took home the title of most distinguished children’s book of the year and $50,000 — the largest cash prize in Canadian children’s literature — by winning the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. The winning title, Birdsong, is one of the first picture books published under Greystone’s new children’s imprint, Greystone Kids. The winning publisher receives $2,500 for promotional purposes, and an additional $10,000 is shared among the four remaining finalists for their contributions to Canadian children’s literature. The awards event was hosted through the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA). Leading up to the awards ceremony, a series of three panels showcasing the awards took place as a part of TIFA. These videos will be available on Bibliovideo, the CCBC’s YouTube channel, permanently after the festival. On October 31 and November 1, each winner of the CCBC Book Awards will read from their winning book as a part of TIFA Kids! Register for these readings today and see the full schedule at our events page. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, which went to Small in the City by Sydney Smith, published by Groundwood Books. The John Spray Mystery Award celebrates its 10-year anniversary and was awarded to The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones, published by Candlewick Press. Tonight’s other winners include Serah-Marie McMahon, Alison Matthews David, Tina Athaide and Natasha Deen. - See more at:

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illustrated by Julie Flett
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: friendship, multigenerational, emotions & feelings

The Starlight Claim

by Tim Wynne-Jones
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: survival stories, thrillers & suspense, canada

Fast-paced, evocative, and intensely suspenseful, Tim Wynne-Jones’s latest psychological thriller finds a teenager setting his wits against the frigid wilderness and a menacing crew of escapees.

Four months after his best friend, Dodge, disappeared near their families’ camp in a boat accident, Nate is still haunted by nightmares. He’d been pla …


Small in the City

illustrated by Sydney Smith
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: city & town life, friendship, pets

The first picture book that the award-winning Sydney Smith has both written and illustrated is a story about feeling small in the city — and finding your way home.

On a snowy day in a big city, a little boy hops off a streetcar and walks through downtown, between office buildings, through parks and down busy streets. Along the way, he provides hel …


Killer Style

How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed, and Murdered Through History

by Alison Matthews-David & Serah-Marie McMahon, illustrated by Gillian Wilson
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: clothing & dress, customs, traditions, anthropology, history of science, sociology

The clothes we wear every day keep us comfortable, protect us from the elements, and express our unique style—but could fashion also be fatal? As it turns out, history is full of fashions that have harmed or even killed people. From silhouette-cinching corsets and combustible combs to lethal hair dyes and flammable flannel, this nonfiction book …


In the Key of Nira Ghani

by Natasha Deen
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: coming of age, diversity & multicultural, friendship, multigenerational, loners & outcasts, music, parents

A Guyanese girl must find the balance between her parents' "old world" expectations and traditions while pursuing her dream of being a great trumpeter in this contemporary, coming-of-age story, written by an #OwnVoices author.

Nira Ghani has always dreamed of becoming a musician. Her Guyanese parents, however, have big plans for her to become a sci …


Orange for the Sunsets

by Tina Athaide
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: friendship, africa

* A Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books of 2019 Selection * A Canadian Children’s Book Center Best Books for Kids & Teens Pick *

From debut author Tina Athaide comes a soaring tale of empathy, hope, and resilience, as two best friends living under Ugandan President Amin’s divisive rule must examine where—and who—they call home. …