Whether you’re looking to follow along during the Canada Reads debates on CBC, resolve to read more Can-Lit this year, or see some beautifully illustrated Children’s Picture Books, check-out out these award-winners and nominees lists.

Adult Reading Awards

Booker Prize

The Booker Prizes reward the finest in fiction, highlighting great books to readers and transforming authors’ careers. The symmetrical relationship between The Booker Prize for Fiction and The International Booker Prize ensures that they honour fiction and the best writing on a global basis.

Booker Prize Winners Booker Prize Nominees

Canada Reads

Canada Reads is a "literary Survivor," with celebrities championing books. Each day, panellists vote to eliminate one book, until a single title is chosen as the title the whole country should read this year.

Canada Reads Winners Canada Reads Nominees

RBC Taylor Nonfiction Prize

The RBC Taylor Prize commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The Prize is awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception.

RBC Taylor Nonfiction Prize Winners RBC Taylor Nonfiction Prize Nominees

Governor General's Literary Awards

The Canada Council for the Arts is responsible for administering the Governor General’s Literary Awards, which recognizes Canada’s best books in multiple categories.
Governor General's Literary Fiction Award Winners Governor General's Literary Fiction Award NomineesGovernor General's Literary Non-Fiction Award Winners Governor General's Literary Non-Fiction Award Nominees

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize recognizes Canadian writers of exceptional talent for the year’s best novel or short story collection as selected by a three-member, independent judging panel.

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Winners Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Nominees

Scotiabank Giller Prize

Scotiabank Giller Prize recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction – long format or short stories.

Scotiabank Giller Prize Winners Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominees

Trillium Book Award

The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award to recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and writing.
Trillium Book Award Winners Trillium Book Award Nominees

Children's and Young Adult Reading Awards

Caldecott Medal 

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Caldecott Medal Winners

Coretta Scott King Award

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

Coretta Scott King Award Winners

Forest of Reading

The Forest of Reading is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers seven reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators

 

Blue Spruce Award

The Blue Spruce Award program brings recently published Canadian children's picture books to children between the ages of 4 and 7 (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2). For many children, this is their first introduction to the world of books. This program promotes reading for enjoyment and begins to develop a child’s skill in evaluating a picture book based on story, text and pictures.

Blue Spruce Award Winners Blue Spruce Award Nominees

Silver Birch Award

The Silver Birch program is made up of both Fiction and Non-Fiction and is meant for readers aged 8 to 12, (Grades 3-6). The Express list is typically suited for relunctant readers in Grade 3 and 4.

Silver Birch Award Winners Silver Birch Award Nominees

Silver Birch Express Award Winners Silver Birch Express Award Nominees

Red Maple Award

The Red Maple Award reading program is offered for the enjoyment of students ages 12 to 13, in Grades 7 and 8. This program includes a Fiction list every year and every other year Red Maple also offers a Non-Fiction list. This program aims to get readers engaging in conversation around the books and encourages them to use critical thinking while reading.

 Red Maple Award Winners Red Maple Award Nominees

White Pine Award

The White Pine Award reading program offers teens of all ages (Grades 9-12) the opportunity to read the best of Canada's recent young titles. This program promotes reading for enjoyment and familiarizes teenagers with great Canadian books.

White Pine Award Winners White Pine Award Nominees

Le Prix Peuplier

Le Prix Peuplier is a reading program that invites young people to participate in read-alouds of French books written by Canadian authors. Students are then invited to vote for their favourite book. These books include picture books have less text, simpler subject matters and are perfect for read alouds. 

Le Prix Peuplier Winners Le Prix Peuplier Nominees

Le Prix Tamarac Express

Le Prix Tamarac Express is a program that invites young people to read by allowing them to vote for their favourite books (fiction and non-fiction) from a selection of the best Canadian books written in French. These books are shorter chapter books (maximum 100 pages) or more mature picture books with larger text, pictures, simpler vocabulary and verb tenses.

Le Prix Tamarac Express Winners Le Prix Tamarac Express Nominees

Le Prix Tamarac

Le Prix Tamarac is a program that invites young people to read by allowing them to vote for their favourite books (fiction and non-fiction) from a selection of the best Canadian books written in French. These books are chapter books from 100 to 250 pages, smaller text with little or no illustrations, more complicated verb tenses and vocabulary.

Le Prix Tamarac Winners Le Prix Tamarac Nominees

 

Governor General's Young People's Awards

The Canada Council for the Arts is responsible for administering the Governor General’s Literary Awards, which recognizes Canada’s best books in multiple categories.

Governor General's Young People's Literature Award Winners Governor General's Young People's Literature Award Finalists Governor General's Young People's Illustration Award Winners Governor General's Young People's Illustration Award Finalists

Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Newbery Medal Winners

Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award

Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards have recognized artistic excellence in Canadian children’s literature. The winners are nominated by a three person awards committee comprised of a bookseller, a librarian and a children’s book reviewer. The winners are selected by juries of young readers from an Ontario public school. 
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award Winners

TD Canadian Children's Literature Award

The TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award recognizes the most distinguished book of the year in any genre, written by a Canadian for children ages 1 through 12. 

TD Canadian Children's Literature Award Winners TD Canadian Children's Literature Award Finalists