News and Announcements


  • Hanne Pearce



Happy fall and early winter everyone! It seems most of the book festivals and meetings have passed for the year but there are certainly award announcements worth noting.

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards

  • Town Is by the Sea, written by Joanne Schwartz and illustrated by Sydney Smith, won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($50,000)
  • When the Moon Comes, written by Paul Harbridge and illustrated by Matt James, won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)
  • #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale, won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000)
  • The Assassin’s Curse by Kevin Sands won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000)
  • The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook won the John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000)
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline won the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award ($5,000)
  • Young readers were asked to pick their favourite book from the shortlisted TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards titles in an online poll. This year, Barbara Reid took home the $5,000 award for Picture the Sky.

2018 Governor General’s Literary Award Winners Announced

  • Young people’s literature — text (English): Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
  • Young people’s literature — illustrated books (English): They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki
  • Young people’s literature — text (French): Le chemin de la montagne by Marianne Dubuc

See full list of Governor General Literary Award winners here:

Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable (VCLR) is hosting an event to celebrate Award-Winning BC Children’s Authors and Illustrators 2019
January 30, 2019, 7 – 9 pm

UBC Golf Club - see the website for more details

I will leave you with a nice summary of the best illustrated children’s books of 2018 selected by The New York Times.



How to Cite

Pearce, H. (2018). News and Announcements. The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, 8(2).



News and Announcements