The 12-person judging panel comprised of authors, editors, readers, and previous winners, including Ekiuwa Aire and Globe and Mail children’s book columnist Jeffrey Canton.
From Sea to Sea to Sea: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Books was first launched in 2016 in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
This fall, every grade one child in Canada will receive a copy of the book.
The annual awards, which come with a $6,000 prize each, recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian picture books, middle grade, and young adult literature.
The $1,000 award is given annually to a Canadian illustrator for “outstanding artistic talent” in a Canadian picture book.
The series, first launched on marbleKids’ YouTube channel on January 10, 2023, is hosted by 13-year-old co-creator, co-writer, and executive producer Ainara Alleyne of Hamilton, Ontario.