The 10 nominees in the Blue Spruce category (JK–Grade 2) include Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes by Mahak Jain and Anu Chouhan, ill. (Annick Press) and Meena’s Mindful Moment by Tina Athaide and Åsa Gilland, ill. (Page Street Kids).
The TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and $50,000, which is the largest cash prize in Canadian children’s literature, was awarded to On the Trapline by David A. Robertson and Julie Flett.
He will oversee a yet-to-be-named children’s imprint dedicated to publishing Indigenous writers and illustrators.
The program, which offers a published Canadian children’s book illustrator a month-long residency at a public library, will be take place Toronto Public Library’s North York Central Library for the month of October.
The winners will be announced on September 29.
Ripple Foundation, a volunteer-run education charity advocating for creative literacy among Canadian children in grades four to 12, will be holding its inaugural virtual conference Express Inspire Connect on Saturday, October 1, 2022. Headlining the event is New York Times bestselling author, Nic Stone.
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.