Each year, Saskatchewan children and youth vote for the Willow Award recipients from finalists nominated in three award categories, the Shining Willow Award for books written for young readers, the Diamond Willow Award for books written for upper elementary readers, and the Snow Willow Award for books written for readers in grades 7 & up, as part of the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards.

THE KING OF JAM SANDWICHES by Eric Walters (Orca Book Publishers) won the 20th Anniversary Snow Willow Award (grades 7 & up) at the Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Choice Awards. Eric Walters is a Member of the Order of Canada and the author of over 115 books that have collectively won more than 100 awards, including the Governor General’s Award and the Red Maple for THE KING OF JAM SANDWICHES. A former teacher, he began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. Walters is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students each year in schools across the country. He has won the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Fiction Award three times and the Association’s Red Maple Award four times, a Christopher Award and an Africana Book Award. He was recently nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. In addition, he cofounded Creation of Hope, a children’s program that provides services to orphans in rural Kenya. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Eric Walters now lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife, Anita.

Eric is represented by Amy Tompkins. 

To see the full list of winners, please visit: https://willowawards.ca/the-20th-anniversary-willow-award-winners-are/