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Canadian Library Association Announces 2011 Book of the Year For Children Award Shortlist

(Ottawa, March 1, 2011)  The Canadian Library Association is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2011 Book of the Year for Children Award.  The Book of the Year for Children Award is generously sponsored by Library Services Centre.

This notable award recognizes a Canadian author of an outstanding book published in Canada in 2010, which appeals to children up to and including age 12.

The winner of the award, and the Honour Books, will be announced prior to the National Canadian Library Association Conference and Trade Show.  The award will be presented at the conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 26 at the annual awards reception.

This year, the committee was presented with 156 books, of which 39 were ultimately long-listed for a thorough reading and review.  The wealth of extraordinary children’s writers in Canada made this a phenomenal task.  On behalf of the children of Canada, we salute the efforts and accomplishments of these writers, and we thank them and their publishers for providing our children with an inspired collection of new titles.

The finalists for the 2011 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, in alphabetical order by author, are:

  • Plain Kate, by Erin Bow (Scholastic)
  • Winter Shadows, by Margaret Buffie (Tundra)
  • Burn, by Alma Fullerton (Dancing Cat Books)
  • The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy, by Jill MacLean (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom, by Susin Nielsen (Tundra)
  • Half Brother, by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins)
  • The Secret Fiend, by Shane Peacock (Tundra)
  • The Glory Wind, by Valerie Sherrard (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Stolen Child, by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Scholastic)
  • The Dark Deeps, by Arthur Slade (HarperCollins)

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the 2010-2011 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award Committee:

Kay Weisman, Teacher-librarian (retired), Vancouver – Chair

Megan Clare, Librarian, Waterloo

Myra Junyk, Literacy Advocate and Author, Toronto

Helen Kubiw, Teacher-Librarian, Guelph

Alexandra Yarrow, Librarian, Ottawa

The Canadian Library Association /Association canadienne des bibliotheques is Canada’s largest national and broad-based library association, representing the interests of public, academic, school and special libraries, professional librarians and library workers, and all those concerned about enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through information and literacy.

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