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Canadian Library Association announces kids’ book award finalists

The Canadian Library Association has announced the shortlists for its three annual children’s book awards.

The finalists for the the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, and the CLA Young Adult Book Award were selected by CLA librarians from across the country. The winners will be announced the week of April 14 and presented at the CLA’s National Conference and Trade Show in Victoria on May 29.

Here are the shortlists:

CLA Book of the Year for Children Award

Amelia Frances Howard”Gibbon Illustrator’s Award

  • A Long Way Away, Frank Viva (HarperCollins)
  • The Dark, Jon Klassen; text by Lemony Snicket (HarperCollins)
  • Francis the Little Fox, Katty Maurey; text by Véronique Boisjoly (Kids Can Press)
  • Jane, the Fox and Me, Isabelle Arsenault; text by Fanny Britt (Groundwood)
  • The Legend of Lightning and Thunder, Jo Rioux; text by Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt (Inhabit)
  • Little You, Julie Flett; text by Richard Van Camp (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Loula Is Leaving for Africa, Anne Villeneuve (Kids Can)
  • The Man With the Violin, DuÅ¡an Petričić; text by Kathy Stinson (Annick)
  • Northwest Passage, Matt James; text by Stan Rogers (Groundwood)
  • Once Upon a Northern Night, Isabelle Arsenault; text by Jean E. Pendziwol (Groundwood)

CLA Young Adult Book Award