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Governor General’s Awards Announced

The Canada Council for the Arts today announced the 14 winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, worth $25,000 each.

From the Canada Council News Release:

“The 2011 GG-winning books reflect the diversity and depth of contemporary Canadian literature,” said Robert Sirman, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. “With the hundreds of other great books that have won Canada’s national literary award over the past 75 years, they represent pure gold for Canadian creative excellence.”

Click to go to Canada Council page for this book with author bio

Winner: Children’s Literature – Illustration

Jury’s Comment
Ten Birds is a whimsical, surreal visual riddle. A disarmingly simple story becomes a complex discussion of the adjectives used to “pigeon-hole” individuals in society. Cybèle Young’s beautifully crafted pen and ink images describe a journey to simply cross a river. Ironically none of the birds can fly, but ultimately the simplest answer may be the best.

Kiss the Book Review
Drawn Review
CM Magazine Review

Click to go to Canada Council page for this book with author bio

Winner: Children’s Literature – Text

Jury’s Comment
From Then to Now: A Short History of the World, by Christopher Moore, is a fascinating examination of the evolution of human civilization that is global in its span and inclusive in its outlook. The energetic narrative tells a story that rivals the very best fiction.

Goodreads Reader Reviews
CBC News Review
CM Magazine Review

I don’t have either of these books in my library and would love to hear from anyone that does. What do your students think of them?

All GG Winners – English
All GG Winers – French

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Canadian Toy Testing Council 2012 Great Books Awards

I have never understood the logic in post-dating cars, magazines and awards, etc. Nevertheless, I had to have a look at the Canadian Toy Testing Council’s 2012 Great Books Awards. Here they are in order by age: (Click on any image to launch Photo Carousel)

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Publisher’s Weekly Releases Best Books of 2011

And at the top of the children’s picture book categories is
Mouse and Lion
by Rand Burkert, Nancy Eckholm Burkert (Scholastic/di Capua)

Retellings of the classic Aesop’s fable of good deeds rewarded are legion, but few are as elegantly and richly conceived as this mother-son collaboration. To say that the naturalistic and astonishingly detailed illustrations bring the African savannah to life hardly does them justice—paired with the story’s spare prose, each spread forms an intimate, perfectly framed vignette, charged with emotion.
Children’s Fiction: The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (Razorbill)
These collaborators use a surprising and inventive premise—teens in 1996 gaining access to their future Facebook pages by way of an AOL disk—to explore the connections between the present and the future, and the consequences of our actions. Underneath the fantastical conceit and the fun is an authentic story that asks important questions.
I wish I could say I was always on ahead of the game, but these two at least are going into my order cart. Click on either image to take you to the Publisher’s Weekly pages.
Dianna Dilworth blogs about an web-based app that PW has put out to explore their list. Looks pretty cool. I plan to check it out when I get on to my (much less sensitive/newer) computer at work.

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Governor General’s Literary Awards to be Announced November 15th

Maxine Trottier’s Migrant, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault is one of the finalists for Children’s Illustration.

Check out Isabelle Arsenault’s portfolio.

You can see the rest of the finalists here where the prize is administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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