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AbeBooks sponsors BC’s Red Cedar Book Awards

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

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