I'm just back from the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award ceremony in Toronto. What an evening! I definitely made the right choice when given the option of which awards ceremony to attend tonight. Sorry Giller Light- maybe next year!
The TD Awards boasted delectable appetizers, amazing children's book authors (it was a particular pleasure talking with Arthur Slade, Lesley Livingston, Janet McNaughton and Kenneth Oppel), the chance to catch up with customers I haven't seen in years, fabulous presenters, moving acceptance speeches, then when the awards presentation had wrapped up-glasses of champagne (or coffee for us commuters) and a dessert buffet that featured such treats as apple pie on a stick and cheesecake kebabs.
Several awards were presented over the course of the evening. Here are the winners:
The Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction For Young People:
Vanishing Girl (The Boy Sherlock Holmes Book 3) by Shane Peacock (Tundra)
The Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction:
Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road by Priscilla Galloway with Dawn Hunter (Annick Press)
The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award:
Timmerman Was Here by Colleen Sydor (Tundra)
The TD Canadian Children's Literature Award:
The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade (HarperCollins Canada)
I am a huge fan of the Hunchback Assignment series and of Arthur Slade in general, so seeing him win the $25,000 prize was a real thrill- the award really couldn't have gone to a nicer person! For more on this award, check out this Canadian Business article.
Congratulations also to author/illustrator Marie-Louise Gay for having her book Caramba chosen as the TD Grade One Book Giveaway, and to the finalists for each award. It must have been a hard decision for the jurors!