Thursday, November 22, 2012

Canadian Children's Book Centre AWARDS!!!

Last night, as the Co-Chair of the OLA Forest of Reading Programs, I had the incredible privilege of attending one of the most sought after, hottest ticketed events in Canada...
The Canadian Childrens' Book Centre AWARDS.
It was held @ the truly, ritzy, glitzy,  RITZ CARLTON HOTEL in downtown Toronto, sponsored by the TD Bank. It was an outstanding reception, well attended by all areas of Canadian Children's literary and publishing industry. We were served delicious hors d'oeuvres, and at several buffets feasted on a variety of dishes, from antipasto, to seafood crepes and a mouth watering surf 'n turf stir fry. With my Co-Chair Helen Kubiw, we had the honour of hobnobbing with well known, and new authors and illustrators. I had the chance to connect with Teacher-Librarians and book publisher and distributors.

A particularily delightful encounter was Montréal author/illustrator, Philippe Béha, who is the current winner of the Grade One Canadian Book give away. He is also currently on a Canada-wide promotional tour for the book, visiting schools and libraries from Newfoundland to British Columbia.

The Awards Ceremonies themselves were MC'd by vivacious host
Garvia Bailey, of Big City, Small World on CBC One.
The winners of each award gave some of the most gracious and articulate acceptance speeches in recent memory, as was pointed out by President and CEO of TD Bank, Mr. Tim Hockey. (Yes, we are quite impressed by the Canadianism of his name, so so appropriate for the evening's event!)

So, you need to find a fantastic book??? You have to check out all the books that were nominated at the CCBC website... and of course, below that, the winners. But in my Teacher-Librarian book,
they and we are all winners for these publications. Enjoy! and enjoy my pics!


Gianna and Helen - "Putting on the Ritz"!!!

Philippe Béha - "I've Lost My Cat"

Winner of the Grade One Book Give-Away

John Spray , President, Mantis Investigation Agency, Presenter

John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000)

Charlie’s Key   by Rob Mills (Peterborough, ON)
Orca Book Publishers


Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy

What Happened to Serenity?  by P.J. Sarah Collins (Vancouver, BC), Red Deer Press

The Hangman in the Mirror by Kate Cayley (Toronto, ON) Annick Press

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction ($10,000)

Presentors: Mr. Fleck & daughter Quinn Fleck

Loon  by Susan Vande Griek (Halifax, NS) Illustrated by Karen Reczuch (Acton, ON) Groundwood Books

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)

Without You - Written and illustrated by Geneviève Côté

(Montreal, QC)   Kids Can Press

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($30,000)

Sponsored by TD Bank Group

                  Stones for My Father

Written by Trilby Kent - Tundra Books

Helen, Gianna Shelagh Paterson - OLA President

Karen Reczuch (Acton, ON)

                Philippe Béha, Richard, Geneviève Côté

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