BOY FROM BUCHENWALD by Robbie Waisman and Susan McClelland; DEAR PETER, DEAR ULLA by Barbara Nickel; and A GREAT BIG NIGHT by Kate Inglis Shortlisted for the Canadian Children’s Book Center 2022 Awards!

The CCBC Book Awards Honour Excellence in Canadian Books for Young People represents the exceptional quality of work by Canadian authors and illustrators from across the country. Each Title nominated will capture the imaginations of Canadian young people and were chosen by juries to represent the best in their category. Overall, $116,000 in price monies will be split up between each category for the winners. 

BOY FROM BUCHENWALD: THE TRUE STORY OF A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR by Robbie Waisman with Susan McClelland (Bloomsbury Children’s Books) shortlisted for the 2022 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Nonfiction! In 1949, Waisman emigrated to Canada in search of a new life. Since the 1980s, he has become a vocal advocate for Holocaust awareness, devoting himself to consciousness raising at both the local and national level. He has occupied several executive positions in the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, including its presidency. In the years since he began sharing his story, he has spoken to thousands of students about the importance of remembering and has worked on behalf of the Jewish community to foster solidarity with Canada’s Indigenous communities. Susan McClelland is a freelance magazine journalist based in Toronto. She has won and been nominated for numerous investigative reporting and feature-writing awards, and is the recipient of the 2005 Amnesty International Media Award. Waisman is represented by Rob Firing.

DEAR PETER, DEAR ULLA by Barbara Nickel shortlisted for the 2022 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People! Barbara Nickel grew up in Saskatchewan and attended Goshen College in Indiana, where she studied music (violin) and English literature. She received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she also taught. Barbara writes for adults and young people. Her poetry for adults has been published in many anthologies and magazines, including The Walrus, Poetry Ireland Review, and Best Canadian Poetry 2021, and is featured on BC’s Poetry in Transit 2021/22. One of her poetry collections, The Gladys Elegies, received the Pat Lowther Award for the best book of poetry by a woman in Canada. Her children’s titles include Hannah Waters and the daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach, which won a B.C. and Yukon Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, as well as a picture book, A Boy Asked the Wind, which was a finalist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. She is the editor of the cellist Ian Hampton’s memoir in music, Jan in 35 Pieces, which was shortlisted for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize. Her third poetry collection, Essential Tremor, was released by Caitlin Press in April 2021. A children’s novel, Dear Peter, Dear Ulla, has been shortlisted for the 2022 B.C. and Yukon Book Prizes, as well as the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards 2023 Northern Lights Award. Barbara lives in Yarrow, British Columbia with her husband and two sons. Barbara is represented by Amy Tompkins. 

A GREAT BIG NIGHT by Kate Inglis and illustrated by Josée Bisaillon Shortlisted for the 2022 David Booth Children’s a Youth Poetry Award!  Kate Inglis is an award-winning author who writes books about pirates and giants and mermaids and all the stars and all the ways we love each other. Most recently, frogs in a teeny-tiny folk band. Sometimes for kids and sometimes grown-ups, Kate’s novels, non-fiction, and poetry are infused with the salt, woodsmoke, and fresh air of the North Atlantic coast. Kate is represented by Amy Tompkins. 

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