We're delighted to announce our Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) finalists for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000, Sponsored by the Fleck Family Foundation) and the John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000 Sponsored by John Spray). 

Congratulations to Elizabeth MacLeod and Sydney Smith, author and illustrator of Canada Year by Year, and Casey Lyall, author of Howard Wallace, P.I., for your respective nominations. 

The nominated books exemplify some of the very best work by Canadian authors and illustrators from across the country. The winners of the English-language awards will be announced at an invitation-only gala event at The Carlu in Toronto on November 21, 2017. Read more at: http://bookcentre.ca.


Canada Year by Year Written by Elizabeth MacLeod (Toronto, ON) Illustrated by Sydney Smith (Toronto, ON) Kids Can Press for ages 8-12 “MacLeod has divided the established and unheard-of facts into ten eras covering Canada’s history and influential cultural moments that had global success… Canada Year by Year captivates readers with facts, trivia and quotes, as it covers culture, politics, art and sports… This fascinating book is ideal to pick up and read excerpts or to read from front to back covers.” 


Howard Wallace, P.I. Written by Casey Lyall (Strathroy, ON) Sterling Children’s Books for ages 8-12 “A great introduction to film noir, with a voice that carries you to another time period entirely… Laced with quirky characters and related moments, Howard Wallace P.I. is perfect for reading by flashlight or while tucked in the corner of a treehouse… A humorous, clever, warm-hearted middle grade story that makes a terrific introduction to the mystery genre for any young reader.”