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Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children (1947-2016)

Background

Description/criteria as of 1980

"This annual award was established in 1946 for a children's book by a Canadian citizen or resident. The award's former name was the English Medal Award of the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians. From its establishment until 1950, the award was given for a book written in English. For a number of nears after 1950, awards were made for both English and French books. Awards could be made to both in the same year, or one could be given without the other. Currently the award is given only for books in English. The award, a silver medal, is presented at the June conference of the Canadian Library Association." (Weber, Olga S. and Stephen J. Calvert. Literary and Library Prizes. 10th ed. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1980).

Description/criteria as of 1998

"This medal is awarded by the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians for outstanding children's books published during a calendar year and written by a Canadian or resident of Canada." "Presented by the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians, a section of Canadian Association of Public Libraries." (Canadian Library Association. Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children [Bookmark]. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association, [1998?].)

Description/criteria as of 2016

The book must be published in Canada during the previous calendar year.
It must be written by a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
The text must be an act of creative (i.e., original) writing (i.e., fiction, poetry, narrative, non-fiction, retelling of traditonal literature).
It must be written in English or be translated into English.
It must appeal to children up to and including age 12.
("Book of the Year for Children Award." cla.ca as captured by the Internet Archive's Way Back Machine for June 1, 2016, accessed April 6, 2017. https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20160601125706/http://cla.ca/cla-at-work/awards/book-of-the-year-for-children-award/)

The award is also known as:

Book of the Year for Children Award
CLA Book of the Year for Children Award
English Medal Award of the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians

Award Winners

Unless otherwise noted, the archive copies represent the books as first issued (first edition, first printing) in Canada.
Unless otherwise noted, all copies original to the archive bear the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award sticker.

Roderick L. Haig-Brown Starbuck Valley Winter book cover1947 Haig-Brown, Roderick L. Starbuck Valley Winter. Toronto: Collins, 1946.
     (First published New York: Morrow, 1943; London: Collins, 1944.)
     Archive copy: London: Collins, 1965, c1944. (The Evergreen Library). Ex-library.

 

 

 

 

 

1948 No award given

Mabel Dunham Kristlis Trees book cover1949 Dunham, Mabel. Kristli's Trees. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1948.
     Archive copy: 2nd printing, 1950. Ex-library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard S Lambert Franklin of the Arctic book cover1950 Lambert, Richard S. Franklin of the Arctic: A Life of Adventure. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1949.
     Archive copy: 3rd printing, 1958. No dust jacket. Ex-library.

 

 

 

 

 

1951 No award given

Catherine Anthony Clark The Sun Horse book cover1952 Clark, Catherine Anthony. The Sun Horse. Toronto: Macmillan Company of Canada, 1951.
     Archive copy: 3rd printing, 1966. Ex-library.

 

 

 

 

 

1953 No award given

1954 No award given to an English language title

1954 Gervais, Emile. Le vénérable François de Montmorency-Laval. Montréal: Comité des fondaterus de l'Église canadienne, [1952].
     Archive copy: None.

 

1955 No award given

Louise Riley Train for Tiger Lily book cover1956 Riley, Louise. Train for Tiger Lily. New York: Viking Press, 1954.
     Archive copy: Toronto: Macmillan Company of Canada, 1967. Ex-library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cyrus Macmillan Glooskaps Country and Other Indian Tales book cover1957 Macmillan, Cyrus. Glooskap's Country and Other Indian Tales. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1955.
     Archive copy: 5th impression, 1967. Ex-library.

 

 

 

 

 

Farley Mowat Lost in the Barrens book cover1958 Mowat, Farley. Lost in the Barrens. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1956.
     Archive copy: Trade paperback edition. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1984.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1958 Clément, Béatrice. Le Chevalier du roi: vie de saint Ignace de Loyola. Montréal: Éditions de l'Atelier, 1956.
     Archive copy: None.

 

 

John F Hayes The Dangerous Cover book cover1959 Hayes, John F. The Dangerous Cove: A Story of the Early Days in Newfoundland. Vancouver: Copp Clark Publishing Co., 1957.
     Archive copy: Ex-library.

 

 

 

 

 

1959 Flamme, Hélène. Un drôle de petit cheval. Montréal: Éditions Leméac, 1957.
     Archive copy: None.

 

 

Marius Barbeau and translator Michael Hornyansky The Golden Phoenix and Other Fairy Tales from Quebec book cover1960 Barbeau, Marius. Retold by Michael Hornyansky. The Golden Phoenix and Other French-Canadian Fairy Tales. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1958.
     Archive copy: Paperback edition. The Golden Phoenix and Other Fairy Tales from Quebec. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1980.

 

 

 

 

1960 Daveluy, Paule. L'Été enchanté: roman. Montréal: Éditions de l'Atelier, 1958.
     Archive copy: None.

 

 

William Toye The St Lawrence book cover1961 Toye, William. The St. Lawrence. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1959.
     Archive copy: Ex-library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1961 Gauvreau, Marcelle. Plantes vagabondes. Montréal: Centre de psychologie et de pédagogie, 1957.
     Archive copy: None.

 

 

1962 No award given to an English language title

1962 Aubry, Claude. Les isles du roi Maha Maha II: "Conte fantaisiste canadien." Québec: Editions du Pélican, 1960.
     Archive copy: None.

 

 

Sheila Burnford The Incredible Journey book cover1963 Burnford, Sheila. The Incredible Journey. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1961.(Also published: Boston: Little, Brown, 1961.)
     Archive copy: Coronet edition, 1963. With new illustrations, 1976. Thirty-second impression, 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

1963 Daveluy, Paule. Drôle d'automne: roman pour adolescents. Québec: Editions du Pélican, 1961.
     Archive copy: None.

 

 

Roderick L Haig-Brown The Whale People book cover1964 Haig-Brown, Roderick L. The Whale People. London: Collins, 1962.
     Archive copy: Don Mills, Ont.: Totem Books, 1982,

 

 

 

 

 

 

1964 Chabot, Cécile. Féerie. Montréal: Beauchemin, 1962.
     Archive copy: None.

 

 

Dorothy M Reid Tales of Nanabozho book cover1965 Reid, Dorothy M. Tales of Nanabozho. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1963.
     Archive copy: second impression, 1966. Ex-library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1965 Aubry, Claude. Le loup de Noël. Montréal: Éditions Centre de psychologie et de pédagogie, 1962.
     Archive copy: None.

 

 

James Houston Tikta Liktak An Eskimo Legend book cover1966 Houston, James. Tikta'liktak: An Eskimo Legend. Don Mills, Ont.: Longmans Canada, 1965.
     Archive copy: Ex-library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

James McNeill The Double Knights book cover1966 McNeill, James. The Double Knights: More Tales from Round the World. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1964.
     Archive copy: London: Oxford University Press, 1965. Ex-library.

 

 

 

 

 

1966 Corriveau, Monique. Le wapiti: roman. Québec: Éditions Jeunesse, 1964.
     Archive copy: None.

 

 

1966 Maillet, Andrée. Le chêne des tempêtes. Ottawa: Éditions Fides, 1965.
     Archive copy: None.

 

 

Christie Harris Raven's Cry book cover1967 Harris, Christie. Raven's Cry. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1966.
     Archive copy: Canadian Favourites edition, 1973, reprinted 1981.

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Houston The White Archer book cover1968 Houston, James. The White Archer: An Eskimo Legend. Don Mills, Ont.: Longmans Canada, 1967.
     Archive copy: Ex-library.

 

 

 

 

 

1968 Mélançon, Claude. Legendes indiennes du Canada. Montreal: Editions du jour, 1967.
     Archive copy: None.

 

 

Kay Hill And Tomorrow the Stars book cover1969 Hill, Kay. And Tomorrow the Stars: The Story of John Cabot. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1968.
     Archive copy: Ex-library.

 

 

 

 

 

Edith Fowke Sally Go Round the Sun book cover1970 Fowke, Edith. Sally Go Round the Sun: 300 Songs, Rhymes and Games of Canadian Children. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1969.
     Archive copy: reprinted 1981 with new subtitle: Three Hundred Children's Songs, Rhymes and Games

 

 

 

 

 

William Toye Cartier Discovers the St Lawrence book cover1971 Toye, William. Cartier Discovers the St. Lawrence. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1970.
     Archive copy: Paperback edition. Likely a reprint as it has on rear cover: "Winner in 1971 of the Book-of-the-Year Award of the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians."

 

 

 

 

 

Ann Blades Mary of Mile 18 book cover1972 Blades, Ann. Mary of Mile 18. Montreal: Tundra Books, 1971.
     Archive copy: None.
     Added copy: Cloth version transferred from the RULA open stacks.

 

 

 

 

Ruth Nichols The Marrow of the World book cover1973 Nichols, Ruth. The Marrow of the World. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1972.
     Archive copy: School edition. Toronto: Gage Educational Publishing, 1977. 4th printing 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Cleaver The Miraculous Hind book cover1974 Cleaver, Elizabeth. The Miraculous Hind: A Hungarian Legend. Toronto: Holt, Rinehart and Winston of Canada, 1973.
     Archive copy: As above.
     Added archive copy: French translation: La Biche miraculeuse: Une légende hongroise. Montéal: Les Editions HRW, 1973. Autographed by Cleaver.

 

 

Dennis Lee Alligator PIe book cover1975 Lee, Dennis. Alligator Pie. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1974.
     Archive copy: 10th printing, July 1984.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mordecai Richler Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang book cover1976 Richler, Mordecai. Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1975.
     Archive copy: Seal edition. Toronto: Seal Books, 1981. 2nd printing November 1982.
     Added copy of 1st Canadian edition (McClelland and Stewart, 1975) Acquired from David Mason Books, Nov. 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

1977 Harris, Christie. Mouse Woman and the Vanished Princesses. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1976.
     Archive copy: None.
     Added copy: First ed. as above. Inscribed by the author on front free end-paper. Embossed crest of former owner on t.p. Acquired from Russell Books, Victoria, BC. March 2017.

 

 

 

 

Dennis Lee Garbage Delight book cover1978 Lee, Dennis. Garbage Delight. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1977.
     Archive copy: 6th printing, 1984.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Major Hold Fast book cover1979 Major, Kevin. Hold Fast. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1978.
     Archive copy: None.
     Added copy: 3rd printing,1980. Pbk. rebound for library use. Transferred from RULA open stacks.

 

 

 

 

 

James Houston River Runners book cover1980 Houston, James. River Runners: A Tale of Hardship and Bravery. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1979.
     Archive copy: Middlesex: Penguin Books, [1982?]. (Puffin Books)

 

 

 

 

 

Donn Kushner The Violin-Makers Gift book cover1981 Kushner, Donn. The Violin-Maker's Gift. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1980.
     Archive copy: As above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet Lunn The Root Cellar book cover1982 Lunn, Janet. The Root Cellar. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1981.
     Archive copy: None.
     Added copy: New York: Puffin Books, [1996]. 18th printing. Transferred from RULA open stacks.
     Added copy: [Toronto]: Seal Books, 2001. Second printing of this ed. On cover: 20th anniversary edition. Acquired from Doug Miller Books, Toronto, Jan. 2017.
    Additional copy: Markam: Puffin Books, 1983. Part of the Children's Literature Archive (Ryerson University)

 

 

 

Brian Doyle Up to Low book cover1983 Doyle, Brian. Up to Low. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1981. (A Groundwood Book)
     Archive copy: 2nd printing, 1983. Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan Hudson Sweetgrass book cover1984 Hudson, Jan. Sweetgrass. Edmonton: Tree Frog Press, 1984.
     Archive copy: Autographed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Little Mamas Going to Buy You a Mockingbird book cover1985 Little, Jean. Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird. Markham: Viking Kestrel, 1984.
     Archive copy: As above.
     Added copy: Markham, Ont.: Puffin Books, 1985, reprinted 1988 (third time in 1988). Acquired from Willow Books, Toronto, Jan. 2017.

 

 

 

 

Cora Taylor Julie book cover1986 Taylor, Cora. Julie. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books,1985.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet Lunn Shadow in Hawthorn Bay1987 Lunn, Janet. Shadow in Hawthorn Bay. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1986.
     Archive copy: None.
     Added copy: Transferred from the RULA open stacks. This work also won the 1987 Young Adult Canadian Book Award.
    Additional copy: Toronto: Seal Books, 2001.

 

 

 

 

Kit Pearson A Handful of TIme book cover1988 Pearson, Kit. A Handful of Time. Markham: Viking Kestrel, 1987.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Doyle Easy Avenue book cover1989 Doyle, Brian. Easy Avenue. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 1988. (A Groundwood Book)
     Archive copy: None.
     Added copy: 1st ed., cloth with dust jacket. Acquired from Doug Miller Books, Dec. 2016.
     Added copy: First paperback ed., 1990, 2nd printing 1993. Acquired from Allison the Bookman, North Bay, ON. Dec. 2016.

 

 

 

Kit Pearson The Sky is Falling book cover1990 Pearson, Kit. The Sky is Falling. Markham: Viking Kestrel, 1989.
     Archive copy: As above.
     Added copy: Toronto: Puffin Canada, 1991. Twenty-first printing. Acquired from Doug Miller Books, Toronto, Dec. 2016.
     Added copy: Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2007. First printing of this ed. Title page and cover include series: Guests of War Book One. Acquired from Doug Miller Books, Toronto, Jan. 2017.

 

 

 

Michael Bedard Redwork book cover1991 Bedard, Michael. Redwork. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1990.
     Archive copy: None.
     Added copy: Toronto: Lester Publishing, 1992. Acquired from Allison the Bookman, North Bay, ON. Dec. 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Major Eating Between the Lines book cover1992 Major, Kevin. Eating Between the Lines. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1991.
     Archive copy: As above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celia Barker Lottridge Ticket to Curlew book cover1993 Lottridge, Celia Barker. Ticket to Curlew. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1992. (A Groundwood Book)
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.
    Additional copy: 1st paperback edition, 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Wynne-Jones Some of the Kinder Planets book cover1994 Wynn-Jones, Tim. Some of the Kinder Planets. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 1993. (A Groundwood Book)
     Archive copy: 1st mass market ed., 1993. Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

Cora Taylor Summer of the Mad Monk book cover1995 Taylor, Cora. Summer of the Mad Monk. Vancouver: Greystone Books, 1994.
     Archive copy: As above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maxine Trottier The Tine Kite of Eddie Wing book cover1996 Trottier, Maxine. The Tiny Kite of Eddie Wing. Toronto: Stoddart, 1995.
     Archive copy: As above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Doyle Uncle Ronald book cover1997 Doyle, Brian. Uncle Ronald. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1996. (A Groundwood Book)
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.
     Added copy: Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997. First mass market edition, reprinted 1998. Acquired from Doug Miller Books, Toronto, Jan. 2017.

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Oppel Silverwing book cover1998 Oppel, Kenneth. Silverwing. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 1997.
     Archive copy: 1st edition, 5th printing 1998.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Wynne-Jones Steph Fair book cover1999 Wynne-Jones, Tim. Stephen Fair: A Novel. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 1998. (A Groundwood Book)
     Archive copy: 1st mass market edition, 1999.

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Oppel Sunwing book cover2000 Oppel, Kenneth. Sunwing. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.
     Archive copy: As above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nan Gregory Wild Girl & Gran book cover2001 Gregory, Nan. Wild Girl & Gran. Red Deer, Alta.: Red Deer Press, 2000. (Northern Lights Books for Children)
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Little Orphan at My Door The Home Child Diary of Victoria Cope book cover2002 Little, Jean. Orphan at My Door: The Home Child Diary of Victoria Cope. Markham: Scholastic Canada, 2001. (Dear Canada)
     Archive copy: As above.

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Levine Hanas Suitcase book cover2003 Levine, Karen. Hana's Suitcase: A True Story. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2002.
     Archive copy: Sixth printing, 2003. Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Doyle Boy OBoy book cover2004 Doyle, Brian. Boy O'Boy. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2003. (A Groundwood Book)
     Archive copy: Second paperback printing, 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Laurel Carter Last Chance Bay book cover2005 Carter, Anne Laurel. Last Chance Bay. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2004.
     Archive copy: Autographed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pamela Porter The Crazy Man book cover2006 Porter, Pamela. The Crazy Man. Toronto: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2005.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hadley Dyer Johnny Kellock Died Today book cover2007 Dyer, Hadley. Johnny Kellock Died Today. Toronto: HarperTrophyCanada, 2006.
     Archive copy: 2nd printing, Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Paul Curtis Elijah of Buxton book cover2008 Curtis, Christopher Paul. Elijah of Buxton. Markham: Scholastic Canada, 2007.
     Archive copy: Autographed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laurel Anne Carter The Shephers Granddaughter book cover2009 Carter, Laurel Anne. The Shepherd's Granddaughter. Toronto: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2008.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Hartry Watching Jimmy book cover2010 Hartry, Nancy. Watching Jimmy. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2009.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Oppel Half Brother book cover2011 Oppel, Kenneth. Half Brother. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2010.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author. This work also received the 2011 Young Adult Book Award.
    Additional copy: London: Corgi Books, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Kit Pearson The Whole Truth book cover2012 Pearson, Kit. The Whole Truth. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susin Nielsen The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen book cover2013 Nielsen, Susin. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2012.
     Archive copy: 3rd printing, 2013. Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allan Stratton Curse of the Dream Witch book cover2014 Stratton, Allan. Curse of the Dream Witch. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2013.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Auxier The Night Gardener A Scary Story book cover2015 Auxier, Jonathan. The Night Gardener: A Scary Story. Toronto: Puffin, 2014.
     Archive copy: Autographed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Oppel The Nest book cover2016 Oppel, Kenneth. The Nest. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
     Archive copy: First Canadian edition, 2nd printing. Autographed by the author. No award sticker.
    Additional copy: New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young People, 2015.