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2016 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards

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The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is delighted to announce the finalists for the following eight major awards for Canadian children’s books: TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($30,000) Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse ($30,000) Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000) Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000) Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000) John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000) Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy ($5,000) Amy Mathers Teen Book Award ($5,000) 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 17, 2016. The winners of the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse will be announced at an invitation-only gala event at Le Windsor in Montreal on November 1, 2016. Overall, $135,000 in prize monies will be awarded. - See more at: http://bookcentre.ca/2016-ccbc-awards-finalists/#sthash.K4ftnDNA.dpuf
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Missing Nimama

edition:Hardcover

Kateri is a young girl, growing up in the care of her grandmother. We see her reaching important milestones her first day of school, first dance, first date, wedding, first child along with her mother, who is always there, watching her child growing up without her.

Told in alternating voices, Missing Nimama is a story of love, loss, and acceptance, showing the human side of a national tragedy. An afterword by the author provides a simple, ageappropriate context for young readers.

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Nôhkom is teaching me to make fry bread. I stand on a chair at the kitchen counter and measure flour into her green mixing bowl.
"Your mother loved to cook with me when she was your age," she says.
"Does my mother speak Cree?" I ask.
"She does," nôhkom says. "Just like you."
"Did you tell her trickster stories, like you tell me?"
"Of course, kamâmakos. She liked Wisahkecahk stories best."
"Just like me!" I say. "Did you teach her beadwork and shawl dance?"
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Thank you, nimama. Thank you for taking care of my child after raising your own.
Thank you for cooking and cleaning and doing laundry and buying birthday gifts and drying tears.
Thank you for telling Kateri about me.
For sharing stories about her mother with her.
For reminding her how much very I love her.
For not letting her forget me.

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The Nest

The Nest

by Kenneth Oppel
illustrated by Jon Klassen
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover Audiobook eBook

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”We’ve come becaus …

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The Wolf-Birds

The Wolf-Birds

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

In a story set deep in the wild winter wood, two hungry ravens fly in search of their next meal. A pack of wolves is on the hunt, too. Food is scarce, but, if they team up, the ravens and wolves just might be able to help each other.
The ravens follow a pack of starving wolves on the hunt. The wolves come up empty handed – and even lose one of their own in the chase – but the ravens have better luck. The wolves hear the ravens cawing and investigate only to find an injured deer, the perfe …

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edition:Hardcover

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World War II was a time of great suffering in Europe a …

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In a Cloud of Dust

by Alma Fullerton
illustrated by Brian Deines
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

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edition:Hardcover

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     But it did.

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by JonArno Lawson
illustrated by Sydney Smith
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Book

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Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback

In this introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, young children explain why they identify with different creatures such as a deer, beaver or moose. Delightful illustrations show the children wearing masks representing their chosen animal, while the few lines of text on each page work as a series of simple poems throughout the book.

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