With the goal of encouraging more young people to read, AbeBooks.com is sponsoring the 2013-2014 Red Cedar Book Awards – a unique book prize where the winners are selected by British Columbia’s young avid readers.
Every year, thousands of children between grades 4 and 7 from across the province are invited to read books from nominated lists of non-fiction and fiction, and vote for their favourites.
The program, administered by the Young Readers’ Choice Awards Society of BC, broadens the reading experience for students, promotes literacy through quality Canadian literature and encourages students to consider the books they have read.
The Red Cedar process begins in November, and students, who participate in the program through reading groups at their school or library, have until April to read the nominees in preparation for voting in April. Two winners are announced in May – one fiction title, and one information book.
The winners of the 2012/2013 Red Cedar Book awards were Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (information book award) and Count Me In by Sara Leach (fiction).
“The awards are run completely by volunteers – librarians and teachers – who are dedicated to putting books into the hands of young people,” said Richard Davies from AbeBooks.com. “We’re thrilled to lend a hand and help encourage reading among young people.”
Kate Adams from Red Cedar said: “We are thrilled that AbeBooks.com is one of our sponsors this year. This generous donation will help tremendously, and will plan to put it towards a year-end party, where we will celebrate Canadian children’s literature, and children’s reading.”
The nominees for the 2013/2014 Red Cedar Fiction Award are:
My Name is Paravana by Deborah Ellis
Mr & Mrs Bunny, Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath
Summer in the City by Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel
Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi (Dear Canada) by Susan M. Aihoshi
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Encyclopedia of Me by Karen Rivers
Grave Robber’s Apprentice by Allan Stratton
Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Cat’s Cradle Book 1: The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux
Redwing by Holly Bennett
Gargoyle at the Gates by Philippa Dowding
Mimi Power and the I-Don’t-Know-What by Victoria Miles
The nominees for the 2013/2014 Red Cedar Information Book Award are:
Bodyguards! From Gladiators to the Secret Service written by Ed Butts, illustrated by Scott Plumbe
The World in Your Lunchbox: The Wacky History and Weird Science Of Everyday Foods by Claire Eamer. Illustrated by Sa Boothroyd
Earth-friendly Buildings, Bridges and More: The Eco-Journal Of Corry Lapont by Etta Kaner, illustrated by Stephen MacEachern
The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Willow Dawson
Mimi’s Village and How Basic Health Care Transformed It by Katie Smith Milway, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Cryptic Canada: Unsolved Mysteries From Coast To Coast by Natalie Hyde, illustrated by Matt Hammill
Secret Life Of Money: A Kid’s Guide To Cash by Kira Vermond, illustrated by Clayton Hanmer
City Critters: Wildlife In The Urban Jungle by Nicholas Read
Rescuing The Children: The Story of the Kindertransport by Deborah Hodge
Willie O’Ree: The Story of the First Black Player in the NHL by Nicole Mortillaro