The short-lists for the Tree Awards have been announced

The largest Canadian reading awards program where the kids are in charge of picking the winners, has announced this year’s short lists.  The Ontario Tree Awards is a massive program with 8 different awards.  It’s been hugely successful in getting kids and teens involved in reading.  Here are some, but not all of this year’s picks.

Blue Spruce™ Nominees

A Flock of Shoes

Sarah Tsiang, Qin Leng
Annick Press

Giraffe and Bird

Rebecca Bender
Dancing Cat Books/Cormorant Books

Kiss Me! (I’m a Prince!)

Heather McLeod, Brooke Kerrigan
Fitzhenry & Whiteside

The Little Hummingbird

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
D&M Publishers/Greystone Books

Making the Moose Out of Life

Nicholas Oldland
Kids Can Press

Noni Says No

Heather Hartt-Sussman, Geneviève Côté
Tundra Books

stand up for yourself and still be a good friend.

One Hockey Night

David Ward, Brian Deines
Scholastic Canada/North Winds Press

Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth!

Marie-Louise Gay
Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press


Small Saul

Ashley Spires
Kids Can Press

Stanley’s Little Sister

Linda Bailey, Bill Slavin
Kids Can Press

 Silver Birch Fiction Nominees, Silver Birch Non-Fiction Nominees, Silver Birch Express Nominees



Red Maple™ Fiction Nominees

Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom

Susin Nielsen
Tundra Books

Dust City

Robert Paul Weston
Puffin Canada / Penguin Group Canada


William Bell
Random House Canada / Doubleday Canada

Fly Boy

Eric Walters
Puffin Canada / Penguin Group Canada

Half Brother

Kenneth Oppel
Harper Collins Canada

Haunting Violet

Alyxandra Harvey
Walker & Company

Home Truths

Jill MacLean
Dancing Cat Books/Cormorant Books

No Safe Place

Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press

Thunder Over Kandahar

Sharon E. McKay, Rafal Gerszak (photographs)
Annick Press

Torn from Troy

Patrick Bowman
Ronsdale Press

 White Pine Non-Fiction Nominees

White Pine™ Fiction Nominees


Ashes, Ashes

Jo Treggiari
Scholastic Canada

Beat the Band

Don Calame
Candlewick Press

Blood Red Road

Moira Young
Random House Canada/Doubleday Canada

Chance to Dance for You Gail

Sidonie Sobat
Great Plains Publications


Death Benefits

Sarah N. Harvey
Orca Book Publishers



The Fifth Rule

Don Aker
Harper Trophy Canada/ Harper Collins Publishers

The Gathering  

Kelley Armstrong
Random House Canada/Doubleday Canada

Motorcycles & Sweetgrass

Drew Hayden Taylor
Random House Canada/Vintage Canada

Something Wicked

Lesley Anne Cowan
Puffin Canada/Penguin Group Canada

The Way It Is

Donalda Reid
Second Story Press

And that’s not all…there are three other awards, so check them out too!

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