Canadian Library Association Announces Shortlist for 2013 Book of the Year for Children Award

Ottawa, Ontario (March 1, 2013) ‐ Attention parents, educators, booksellers and readers of all ages. The Canadian Library Association proudly presents the shortlist for the 2013 Book of the Year for Children Award. The award is generously sponsored by Library Services Centre.

This prestigious award honours a book by a Canadian author, published in Canada in 2012, that is designed to appeal to readers aged 12 and younger. Given the wealth of extraordinary children’s writers in Canada, choosing the winner can be a phenomenal task. This year the Award committee received 172 books; ultimately, 43 of these were long‐listed for thorough reading and review.

Today, we announce the 10 finalists for the 2013 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, in alphabetical order by author:

  • Caroline Adderson, Middle of nowhere (Groundwood)
  • Michael Bedard, The green man (Tundra)
  • Polly Horvath, One year in Coal Harbour (Groundwood)
  • Gordon Korman, Ungifted (Scholastic Canada)
  • Susin Nielsen, The reluctant journal of Henry K. Larsen (Tundra Books)
  • Shane Peacock, Becoming Holmes (Tundra Books)
  • Kit Pearson, And nothing but the truth (Harper Collins Canada)
  • Cyndi Sand‐Eveland, A tinfoil sky (Tundra Books)
  • Arthur Slade, Island of doom (Harper Collins Canada)
  • Allan Stratton, The grave robber’s apprentice (Harper Collins Canada)

On behalf of the children of Canada, we thank these outstanding authors and their publishers for providing our children with an inspired collection of new titles. Stay tuned, as the winner is announced on April 15, 2013. The award will be presented at the CLA 2013 National Conference and Trade Show in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 30 at the annual awards reception.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the 2012‐2013 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award Jury:

  • Myra Junyk, Literacy advocate and author, Toronto
  • Jaclyn McLean, Librarian, Prince Albert
  • Rachel Seigel, Selection Manager‐ Education, S&B Books, Mississauga
  • Kathryn Weisman, Librarian, West Vancouver
  • Alexandra Yarrow, Librarian, Ottawa

The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques is Canada’s largest national and broad‐based library association, representing the interests of public, academic, school and special libraries, professional librarians and library workers, and all those concerned about enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through information and literacy.

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For more information contact: Alexandra Yarrow at (613) 725‐2449 x23