Awards & Upcoming Events


  • Robert Desmarais




Summer is an ideal time to share news about annual children’s book awards because many of them were announced in the spring. InfoSoup provides a comprehensive list of awards presented each year by the American Library Association and other organizations. At this time of year I always like to have a look at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre website to remind myself of all the award competitions for Canadian children’s books. Here in Edmonton, the Book Publishers Association of Alberta announced a short list of three books in the Children’s & Young Adult category that all look very compelling. 


A Sampling of Upcoming Events 


October 3, 2020

Picture Book Summit is an online conference for illustrators and writers of picture books, but of course everyone is welcome. Registration is now open. 


October 3/4, 2020

FOLD Kids Bookfest is a festival for authors and illustrators who create books for young people. This virtual event is designed for young people, but it will also include content for adult writers of children’s books. Registration opens on September 21, 2020.


October 24, 2020

Packaging Your Imagination is a conference presented by Canada’s Conference for Children’s Authors, Illustrators & Performers. Registration will be open in August 2020 and the event will be available via livestream (it will also be recorded). 


I hope you all find the time to discover some wonderful children's books this summer. Enjoy the adventure!

Best wishes,




How to Cite

Desmarais, R. (2020). Awards & Upcoming Events. The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, 9(2).



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