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Jon Klassen, Julie Flett, Chris Hadfield among CCBC Award finalists

Jon Klassen

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has revealed the finalists for its annual literary awards, recognizing excellence in the country’s children’s publishing with six English-language and two French-language accolades.

The English shortlists are as follows:

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($30,000)

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)

  • Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer; Gillian Newland, ill., I Am Not a Number (Second Story Press)
  • Chris Hadfield and Kate Fillion; Eric Fan and Terry Fan, ills., The Darkest Dark (Tundra)
  • Jon KlassenWe Found A Hat (Candlewick Press)
  • Jennifer McGrath and Josée Bisaillon, ill., The Snow Knows (Nimbus Publishing)
  • Shane Peacock and Sophie Casson, ill., The Artist and Me (Owlkids Books)

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction ($10,000)

  • Antonia Banyard and Paula Ayer; Belle Wuthrich, ill., Water Wow! And Infographic Exploration (Annick Press)
  • Elizabeth MacLeod and Sydney Smith, ill., Canada Year by Year (Kids Can Press)
  • Kristina Rutherford, Level the Playing Field: The Past, Present, and Future of Women’s Pro Sports (Owlkids)
  • Laura Scandiffio, Fight to Learn: The Struggle to Go to School (Annick)
  • Jan Thornhill, The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk (Groundwood)

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000)

John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000)

  • Jonathan Auxier, Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard (The Continuing Adventures of Peter Nimble, Book 2) (Puffin Canada)
  • Casey Lyall, Howard Wallace, P.I. (Sterling Children’s Books)
  • Shane Peacock, The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim, Book 1 (Tundra)
  • Caroline Pignat, Shooter (Razorbill Canada)
  • Moira Young, The Road to Ever After (Doubleday Canada)

Amy Mathers Teen Book Award ($5,000)

The winners will be presented with their prizes at a gala at Toronto’s Carlu on Nov. 21, while the French-language recipients will be honoured at Montreal’s Le Windsor on Nov. 8.