National women’s charitable organization IODE has released the shortlist for its annual Violet Downey Book Award, honouring English-language children’s books of 500 words or more published in Canada over the past year:
- Karen Bass; Uncertain Soldier (Pajama Press)
- Jennifer Mook-Sang; Speechless (Scholastic Canada)
- Kevin Sands; The Blackthorn Key (Simon & Schuster Canada)
- Allan Stratton; The Dogs (Scholastic Canada)
- Frieda Wishinsky; Willow Dawson, illus.; Avis Dolphin (Groundwood Books)
The winner will receive a prize of $5,000 at IODE Canada’s national annual meeting at the Lambton Golf and Country Club in Toronto on May 27.