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Each year, various  national, provincial, territorial and regional awards for children's and young adults' books in Canada are given. Resource Links attempts to list all of these awards for its readers.  If you know of an award not listed here, please address additions and updates to Victoria Pennell at the address given below.

Cunard First Book Award Nominee 2002

Where I Live by Frances Wolfe (Tundra Books)
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Edgar Allan Poe Award 2002 for Best Young Adult Novel

The Boy in the Burning House by Tim Wynne-Jones (Groundwood Books; published in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Melanie Kroupa Books)


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Information Book Award 2002 - Children's Literature Roundtable of Canada

Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion by Linda Granfield. Stoddart/Fitzhenry & Whiteside

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Jane Addams Children's Book Award 2001

Picture Book Category

The Composition by Antonio Skármeta, author and Alfonso Ruano, illustrator (Groundwood Books)

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Leishman Prize 2002

Children's author

Brian Doyle, whose recent books include Mary Ann Alice (Groundwood Books), has won the second annual

Leishman Prize, awarded by the Ottawa independent Leishman Bookstore. The $500 prize will be split between Doyle and the charity of his choice.


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Newbery Honor Book 2001

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath (Groundwood Books)

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Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards 2002

Children's Literature

The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton (HarperCollins Canada)

Other Nominees

Castles in the Sea by Larry Jackson (Tuckamore Books)
Eh? to Zed: A Canadian AbeCedarium by Kevin Major (Red Deer Press)
The Dog-Next-Year by Carmelita McGrath (Tuckamore Books)

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Sydney Taylor Book Award 2002

This award is chosen by the Association of Jewish Libraries from among children’s book of Jewish content published each year in Canada and the United States. Among the Canadian books selected this year are the following:

Sydney Taylor Award for Young Readers

Rivka’s First Thanksgiving. Written by Elsa Okon Rael. Illus. by Maryann Kovalski. Margaret K. (McElderry/Simon & Schuster )

Notable Books for Younger Readers

Rachel Captures the Moon. By Richard Ungar. (Tundra Books)

Notable Books for Older Readers

Daughter of Light. By Martha Attema. (Orca Book Publishers )
Clara’s War . By Kathy Kacer. (Second Story Press)
The War Within. By Carol Matas. (Simon & Schuster)
Shoes For Amelie. By Connie Steiner. Illus. by Denis Rodier (Lobster Press)


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Violet Downey Book Award 2002

Mary Ann Alice Brian Doyle (Groundwood Books)

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Winterset Award

Joan Clarke for her young adult novel The Word for Home

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Writer's Union of Canada Writing for Children Competition 2002


Mary-Eileen McClear of Baden, Ontario for her story "Cows and Robbers"

Other Finalists

"Sasq-watching" by Liz Crocker (Victoria, BC)
"There's a Hippo in My Bathtub" by Carol Goodrich Mickevicius (Wasaga Beach, ON)
"My Real Dad" by Sharon Helberg (Kelowna, BC)
"Somewhere over Saskatchewan" by Sharon Helberg (Kelowna, BC)
"Dylan Discovers Starlight" by Ruby Holland (Nakusp, BC)
"Heroes" by Jessica Scott Kerrin (Halifax, NS)
"Girls with Curls Can" by Katherine Neuman (Langly, BC)
"Where Did They Go?" by Harry Posner (Alton, ON)
"Mystic Video" by Joanne Scott (Palmerston, ON)
"Grandma and the Sweet Brown Cake" by Donna Shanley (Vancouver, BC)
"The Fantastic Desk" by Ann Sutherland (Edmonton, AB)

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Young Adult Canadian Book Award 2002


Stones William Bell (Doubleday Canada)

Other Nominees:

Seeing Stars Gary Barwin (Stoddart Kids)
Stained Glass Michael Bedard (Tundra Books)
Out of the Fire Deborah Froese (Sumach Press)
Dancing Naked Shelley Hrdlitschka (Orca)
In Spite of Killer Bees Julie Johnson (Tundra Books)
If I Just Had Two Wings Virginia Schwartz (Stoddart Kids)
Seven for a Secret Mary Sheppard (Groundwood)
Dust Arthur Slade (HarperCollins)
The Game Teresa Toten (Red Deer Press)

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Editor: Victoria Pennell