All proceeds from book sales will benefit the winners’ charity of choice, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, which is committed to supporting children and youth growing up in the child welfare system.
Each of the winners received $6,000 for “artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature.”
More than 1,000 children in grades 4 to 6 across the Atlantic region participated in the Hackmatack program by reading the shortlisted titles and voting for their favourite in each category.
The winners in the French-language categories were announced.
The winners of the Silver Birch Express, the Silver Birch Fiction, and the Yellow Cedar awards were announced today.
Over 270,000 children read the nominated books, and nearly 120,000 voted this year.
The annual prizes, 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.
Established in 1975, the IODE Jean Throop Book Award is awarded to creators of children’s books that reside in Ontario.
To date, Hana’s Suitcase has been translated into more than 40 languages and is Canada’s most-awarded children’s book.
DuBois won the $1,000 award for his work on À qui appartiennent les nuages? (Éditions La Pastèque).