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CLA announces 2012 book awards shortlists

CLA Book of the Year AwardThe Canadian Library Association has revealed the shortlists for this year’s children’s, YA, and illustrated book awards. The lists feature the best English-language books by Canadian authors published in Canada in 2011, as decided by three award committees comprised of library staffers from across the country.

(It’s worth noting that four out of five titles on Q&Q‘s 2011 books of the year list for young readers are among the nominated books.)

Book of the Year for Children Award:

Young Adult Book Award:

Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award:

  • Along a Long Road by Frank Viva (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Cinnamon Baby by Janice Nadeau, illus.; Nicola Winstanley (Kids Can Press)
  • A Few Blocks by Cybèle Young (Groundwood)
  • The Legend of the Fog by Danny Christopher, illus.; Qaunaq Mikkigak and Joanne Schwartz (Inhabit Media)
  • Migrant by Isabelle Arsenault, illus.; Maxine Trottier (Groundwood)
  • My Name is Elizabeth! by Matthew Forsythe, illus.; Annika Dunklee (Kids Can)
  • Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid (North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada)
  • The Qalupalik by Joy Ang, illus.; Elisha Kilabuk (Inhabit)
  • Slimon the Slug by Bonnie Bews, illus.; Susan Elizabeth Ross (Yellow Toadstool Press)
  • Small Saul by Ashley Spires (Kids Can)

The winning titles will be announced April 15 and the awards will be presented on May 31 at a reception during the 2012 CLA National Conference and Trade Show in Ottawa.

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