Finalists announced for the 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award


TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards celebrate excellence in children’s literature by rewarding the best literary work by Canadian authors for children aged one through 12. Sponsored by TD — and administered by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in association with the CBC, this is one of the largest prizes in children’s book awards.

Books about friendship, courage, compassion and grief make up the contenders for this year’s $30,000 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.

The shortlisted titles include Kenneth Oppel’s The Nest, which took the 2016 Canadian Library Association Award for children’s book of the year; Michelle Barker’s World War II memoir A Year of Borrowed Menillustrated by Renné Benoit; and Willow Dawson’s The Wolf-Birds, a meditation on the circle of life.

Rounding out the list are two books illustrated by Quebec artist François Thisdale – Missing Nimâmâ, a child-centered reflection on missing and murdered Indigenous women by author Melanie Florence, and That Squeak, a story of friendship and loss from Toronto writer Carolyn Beck.

Every year since 2005, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award has recognized the most distinguished book of the year for children up to age 12. Recent winners include Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener and Kathy Stinson’s The Man with the Violin.

The winner of the the TD Canadian Children’s Literature award will be announced on Nov. 17, 2016. A fan choice award will honour the book that gets the most votes from young readers. Voting for the fan choice will open on Sept. 19.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre also announced finalists for six other awards: the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, the John Spray Mystery Award, the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award. Here are the 2016 nominees :


  • 2016 Finalists


Missing Nimama


That Squeak


A Year of Borrowed Men

In association with the Canadian Children's Book Centre and CBC