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The Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards – the Willow Awards – are granted annually to the authors of Canadian children’s books voted by students as the best of those nominated in the designated categories. The Diamond Willow Award is granted for books suitable for grades 4-6. In order to be eligible for the award, books must be authored by a Canadian but not necessarily published in Canada. The winner receives a specially commissioned piece of artwork by a Saskatchewan artist at the annual SaskEnergy Willow Awards Presentation Gala that is held at the end of May or beginning of June.

2010 Nominees
Bird Child
By Nan Forler, Illustrated by François Thisdale.
Tundra Books, 2009. 9780887768941

Boo Hoo Bird
By Jeremy Tankard.
Scholastic Press, 2009. 9780545065702

Delicious Bug, The
By Janet Perlman.
Kids Can Press, 2009. 9781553379966 (hc)

Farley Follows His Nose
By Lynn Johnston & Beth Cruikshank, Illustrated by Lynn Johnston.
The Bowen Press, 2009. 9781554685189 (hc)

Funny Faceoff, The
By Irene Punt, Illustrated by Ken Steacy.
Scholastic Canada, 2008. 9780545996815 (pbk)

Giving Tree, The
By Leah Dorion.
The Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2009. 9780920915905 (pbk)

Have You Ever Seen a Duck in a Raincoat?
By Etta Kaner, Illustrated by Jeff Szuc.
Kids Can Press, 2009. 9781554532469

Scaredy Squirrel at night
By Mélanie Watt.
Kids Can Press, 2009. 9781554532889 (hc)

Stanley's Beauty Contest
By Linda Bailey, Illustrated by Bill Slavin.
Kids Can Press, 2009. 9781554533183 (hc)

You're Mean, Lily Jean
By Frieda Wishinsky, Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton.
North Winds Press, 2009. 9780545994996 (hc)

2008 Diamond Willow Award Nominees

Very Serious Children - Winner
By Caroline Adderson, Illustrated by Joe Weissman.
Scholastic Canada, 2007. ISBN 9780439937511

Chocolate River Rescue
By Jennifer McGrath Kent.
Nimbus Publishing, 2007. ISBN 9781551096001

Dancing Through the Snow
By Jean Little.
Scholastic Canada, 2007. ISBN 9780439938235

Gold Medal for Weird
By Kevin Sylvester.
Kids Can Press, 2007. ISBN 9781554530212

Jakeman
By Deborah Ellis.
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2007. ISBN 9781550415735

Ryan and Jimmy
And the Well in Africa that Brought Them Together
By Herb Shoveller.
Kids Can Press, 2006. ISBN 9781553379676

The Big Snapper
By Katherine Holubitsky, Illustrated by Samia Drisdelle.
Orca, 2006. ISBN 9781551435633 (pbk)

The Last Flight of the Birdman
By Dave Glaze.
Coteau Books, 2007. ISBN 9781550503739

The Uncle Duncle Chronicles
Escape from Treasure Island
By Darren Krill.
Lobster Press, 2006. ISBN 9781897073315

Too Many Men
By Lorna Schultz Nicholson.
James Lorimer, 2006. ISBN 9781550289480

2007  

200mystery_of_graffiti_ghoul_cover7 Winner: The Mystery Of The Graffiti Ghoul

By Marty Chan

Ten-year-old Marty and his best friend Remi are a very resourceful pair. In a school filled with bullies, they always have each other's backs. When graffiti is discovered on school property, they are determined to get to the bottom of things - until Remi is blamed and a misunderstanding puts a chill on the boys' friendship. Forced to team up with his nemesis, Trina, Marty will have to use all of his skills and ingenuity to find the real culprits, clear Remi's name, and win back the trust of his only friend. In the process Marty may just find some new friends in unexpected places.

Marty Chan is a nationally known dramatist, screenwriter and author. He won the 2005 City of Edmonton Book Prize for this juvenile novel, The Mystery of the Frozen Brains, and was Gemini-nominated and gold-medal winner for The Orange Seed Myth and Other Lies Mothers Tell. His Canadian play Mom, Dad, I’m Living With A White Girl continues to tour internationally

2006 L.M. Falcone Walking With the Dead. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2005.
2005 Shirley Woods Amber: The Story of a Red Fox. Illustrated by Celia Godkin. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2004.
2004 Pat Hancock Haunted Canada: True Ghost Stories. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2003.
2003 Arthur Slade Return of the Grudstone Ghosts. Regina: Coteau Books, 2002
2002 Roy MacGregor Power Play in Washington. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2001.

 

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