I'm participating in my blogging friend Matthew MacNish's Pay It Forward Blogfest this Friday, so we're mixing it up a little today. But this is important, so it's worth breaking from the routine.
I had the great pleasure last week of attending the amazing, literary star-studded TD Canadian Children's Literature Award presentation and gala - and wow, what a party!
The food was great. The people were fabulous.(OF COURSE! I mean, a room full of book people, guys!) The presentation of awards was exciting and wonderful. And then, more food! I made off at the end (to heckling from the waitstaff) with three mini cupcakes. Yum!
But the reason we were all there was to honor the best in our craft. I know a lot of my readers are in the US and may not know a lot about Canadian kidlit, so I want to take a minute to list here the winners of the various awards presented Tuesday night, so you can go check them out.
And here they are, in the order in which they were awarded on the night:
The winner of the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People:
The Winner of the John Spray Mystery Award:
The Winner of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction:
Winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award:
Winner of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award:
(And Erin won all of our hearts with her teary-eyed speech when accepting the award - she complimented every one of the other books nominated. A class act all the way.)
So, go check out these amazing books by Canada's best. Happy reading!