Jean Throop Children’s Book Award Winner

The Municipal Chapter of Toronto IODE’s Jean Throop Children’s Book Award has selected Mr. Zinger’s Hat as the winner! Congratulations to Cary Fagan and Dušan Petričić!

Mr Zingers HatMr. Zinger’s Hat
Written by Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Dušan Petričić
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 4-6
ISBN: 978-1-77049-253-0
“Every child needs a Mr. Zinger – and his hat! – in his or her life…. This book oh-so-softly brings across a sweet, multigenerational message about sharing the power of imagination.” — Booklist

Since 1974 the Municipal Chapter of Toronto IODE has presented an award intended to encourage the publication of books for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. The award and prize are given to a book judged to contribute to children’s reading, and is chosen by a Committee set up by the Municipal Chapter of Toronto IODE.
Mr Zingers Hat

2013 IODE Violet Downey Book Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award has been selected and announced. What an outstanding shortlist it is! We were excited to see The Green Man by Michael Bedard selected as one of the five titles. Congratulations Michael!

The Green ManThe Green Man
Written by Michael Bedard
Hardcover | 320 Pages | Ages 10-14
ISBN: 978-1-77049-285-1
eBook: 978-1-77049-293-6
“…Bedard takes full advantage of the genre’s atmospheric creepiness and sepia-toned timelessness…. For more plot-hungry Goosebumps graduates, there are dark strangers, abandoned mansions, ghostly glowing, chilling coincidences, and otherworldly portals galore.” — Starred Review, Quill & Quire

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted authors:

  • Enemy Territory written by Sharon E. McKay
  • My Name is Parvana written by Deborah Ellis
  • One Year in Coal Harbour written by Polly Horvath
  • Yesterday’s Dead written by Pat Bourke

The winner will be announced at IODE Canada’s 113th National Annual Meeting being held at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary, Alberta on 31 May 2013.

IODE Canada is a national women’s charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education support, community service and citizenship programs.

For a list of past winners or for more information about IODE, please visit