The winner will be announced on March 30 at the IBBY Canada annual meeting of members.
The award is given every year by the International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY) to “an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children’s literature.”
Bow’s middle-grade story was one of five novels to receive the prestigious John Newbery Medal Honor.
Challenges to books in libraries and schools are common, and restrictions and removals are not a new occurrence in Canada, but there has never been any previous public awareness of restrictions imposed on books that are part of the FoR program.
Arvaaq Press is set to appear on printed books beginning in spring 2024.
Spencer’s debut Weird Rules to Follow took home three of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s seven English-language awards.
Shortlisted for this year’s Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the stunning picture book has been on the bestsellers list since its May 2022 release.