Since the shortlist released in March, we were patiently waiting for the Canadian Library Association to announce the winners. And when they did, we did a little happy dance. The winning title for the 2013 Book of the Year for Children Award is The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen.
The CLA’s Book of the Year for Children Award Jury Chair Alexandra Yarrow elaborates: “Nielsen’s books typically are characterised by empathy for her characters. She has a particular gift for finding the unique voice of one child and embracing it, while also portraying with balance and sensitivity other, often unsympathetic, characters of all ages. In The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, Nielsen’s gifts are at their best yet, resulting in an unforgettable novel that explores a painful topic with compassion.”
The jury also selected two Honour Books this year: A Tinfoil Sky by Cyndi Sand–Eveland and The Grave Robber’s Apprentice by Allan Stratton. Congratulations to Cyndi and Allan!
This year’s award, generously sponsored by Library Services Centre, will be presented to Susin Nielsen on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the CLA Book Awards and reception during the CLA National Conference and Tradeshow in Ottawa. The Book Award Reception is generously sponsored by TD Bank Group.
In awe of all the titles you receive for consideration, we want to thank the following jury members for all their hard work:
- Myra Junyk, Literacy advocate and author, Toronto
- Jaclyn McLean, Librarian, Prince Albert
- Rachel Seigel, Selection Manager – Education, S&B Books, Mississauga
- Kathryn Weisman, Librarian, West Vancouver
- Alexandra Yarrow, Librarian, Ottawa (Chair)
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