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Canadian Library Association Award Books

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.

1947

Roderick L. Haig-Brown Starbuck Valley Winter book cover

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

1949

Mabel Dunham Kristlis Trees book cover

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

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1950

Richard S Lambert Franklin of the Arctic book cover

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.

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1951

 

No award given

1952

Catherine Anthony Clark The Sun Horse book cover

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

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

1955

 

No award given

1956

Louise Riley Train for Tiger Lily book cover

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

1957

Cyrus Macmillan Glooskaps Country and Other Indian Tales book cover

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

1958

Farley Mowat Lost in the Barrens book cover

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

1959

John F Hayes The Dangerous Cover book cover

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

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

1960

Marius Barbeau and translator Michael Hornyansky The Golden Phoenix and Other Fairy Tales from Quebec book cover

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.

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

1961

William Toye The St Lawrence book cover

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

 

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

1962

 

 

No award given to an English language title

 

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

1963

Sheila Burnford The Incredible Journey book cover

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.

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

1964

Roderick L Haig-Brown The Whale People book cover

 

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

 

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

1965

Dorothy M Reid Tales of Nanabozho book cover

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

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

1966

James Houston Tikta Liktak An Eskimo Legend book cover

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

James McNeill The Double Knights book cover

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.

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

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

1967

Christie Harris Raven's Cry book cover

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

1968

James Houston The White Archer book cover

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

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

1969

Kay Hill And Tomorrow the Stars book cover

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

1970

Edith Fowke Sally Go Round the Sun book cover

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

1971

William Toye Cartier Discovers the St Lawrence book cover

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."

1972

Ann Blades Mary of Mile 18 book cover

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

1973

Ruth Nichols The Marrow of the World book cover

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

1974

Elizabeth Cleaver The Miraculous Hind book cover

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.

1975

Dennis Lee Alligator PIe book cover

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

1976

Mordecai Richler Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang book cover

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.

1978

Dennis Lee Garbage Delight book cover

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

1979

Kevin Major Hold Fast book cover

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

1980

James Houston River Runners book cover

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

1981

Donn Kushner The Violin-Makers Gift book cover

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

1982

Janet Lunn The Root Cellar book cover

Lunn, Janet. The Root Cellar. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1981.
Archive copy: None.
Added copy: New York: Puffin Books, [1996]. 18th printing. Transferred from Ryerson Library 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)

1983

Brian Doyle Up to Low book cover

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

1984

Jan Hudson Sweetgrass book cover

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

1985

Jean Little Mamas Going to Buy You a Mockingbird book cover

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.

1986

Cora Taylor Julie book cover

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

1987

Janet Lunn Shadow in Hawthorn Bay

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.

1988

Kit Pearson A Handful of TIme book cover

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

1989

Brian Doyle Easy Avenue book cover

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.

1990

Kit Pearson The Sky is Falling book cover

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.

1991

Michael Bedard Redwork book cover

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.

1992

Kevin Major Eating Between the Lines book cover

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

1993

Celia Barker Lottridge Ticket to Curlew book cover

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.

1994

Tim Wynne-Jones Some of the Kinder Planets book cover

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.

1995

Cora Taylor Summer of the Mad Monk book cover

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

1996

Maxine Trottier The Tine Kite of Eddie Wing book cover

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

1997

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.

1998

Kenneth Oppel Silverwing book cover

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

1999

Tim Wynne-Jones Steph Fair book cover

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

2000

Kenneth Oppel Sunwing book cover

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

2001

Nan Gregory Wild Girl & Gran book cover

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

2002

Jean Little Orphan at My Door The Home Child Diary of Victoria Cope book cover

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

2003

Karen Levine Hanas Suitcase book cover

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

2004

Brian Doyle Boy OBoy book cover

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

2005

Anne Laurel Carter Last Chance Bay book cover

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

2006

Pamela Porter The Crazy Man book cover

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

2007

Hadley Dyer Johnny Kellock Died Today book cover

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

2008

Christopher Paul Curtis Elijah of Buxton book cover

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

2009

Laurel Anne Carter The Shephers Granddaughter book cover

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

2010

Nancy Hartry Watching Jimmy book cover

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

2011

Kenneth Oppel Half Brother book cover

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.

2012

Kit Pearson The Whole Truth book cover

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

2013

Susin Nielsen The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen book cover

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

2014

Allan Stratton Curse of the Dream Witch book cover

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

2015

Jonathan Auxier The Night Gardener A Scary Story book cover

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

2016

Kenneth Oppel The Nest book cover

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.