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CCBC Book Awards 2021 Shortlists

“Congratulations to all of the finalists for the 2021 CCBC Book Awards,” says Rose Vespa, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. “All of the books nominated were released during an unprecedented year and many were a bright light for young readers as they dealt with uncertainty and fear. This year marks the first-ever Jean Little First-Novel Award and the 15th anniversary of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. We are thankful to all of our sponsors for their continued support, and for all those who donated and fundraised for the Jean Little First-Novel Award and the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award. Thanks to TD Bank Group, we are able to offer the largest prize in Canadian children’s literature. Our sponsors and donors are essential in making this awards program possible and allowing us to support Canadian artists.” - See more at:

by Kerry Clare

The Barnabus Project

by (author) Terry Fan, Eric Fan & Devin Fan

The Barren Grounds

The Misewa Saga, Book One

by (author) David A. Robertson

A Beginner's Guide to Goodbye

by (author) Melanie Mosher


by (author) Kenneth Oppel

When Emily Was Small

by (author) Lauren Soloy

Golden Threads

by (author) Suzanne Del Rizzo
illustrated by Miki Sato

Our Little Kitchen

illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

Swift Fox All Along

by (author) Rebecca Thomas
illustrated by Maya McKibbin
narrator Lisa Nasson

Weekend Dad

by (author) Naseem Hrab
illustrated by Frank Viva

111 Trees

How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl

by (author) Rina Singh
illustrated by Marianne Ferrer

Science Comics: Crows

Genius Birds

by (author) Kyla Vanderklugt

The Eagle Mother

by (author) Hetxw’ms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson
illustrated by Natasha Donovan


A Celebration through Song and Dance

by (author) Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane

This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes

How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias

by (author) Tanya Lloyd Kyi
illustrated by Drew Shannon

Barry Squires, Full Tilt

by (author) Heather Smith

The Brushmaker’s Daughter

by (author) Kathy Kacer
read by Gabi Epstein

Journal of a Travelling Girl

by (author) Nadine Neema
illustrated by Archie Beaverho
foreword by Joseph Judas

Under Amelia's Wing

Book 2 in the Ginny Ross series

by (author) Heather Stemp

Facing the Sun

by (author) Janice Lynn Mather


by (author) Raziel Reid

He Must Like You

by (author) Danielle Younge-Ullman

The Silence of Bones

by (author) June Hur

My Name is Konisola

by (author) Alisa Siegel

No Vacancy

by (author) Tziporah Cohen