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The Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award is given to a book that arouses interest, stimulates curiosity, captures the imagination, and fosters concern for the world around us. The award's aim is to recognize excellence in Canadian publishing of non-fiction for children. The criteria include accuracy, clarity, imaginative approach, appropriateness of organization and format, and sensitivity to ethnocentric and gender biases.

The book, written in English by a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, must have been published the calendar year previous to the award being granted. A national committee based in Vancouver sends out a selective list of 24+ titles that have been judged across Canada as the best of the preceding year. The Roundtables consider this preliminary list and ballott and send back their recommendations, resulting in 5 to 7 finalists. A majority of Roundtables make time at their first fall meeting to discuss the finalists and vote on their choices which are collated into one vote per Roundtable. The winning book is announced in time for Canadian Children's Book Week in November. The author and the illustrator of the winning book receive award certificates and share a cash prize of $500.

2010 Information Book Award
Preliminary List

Ages 5-8

Alfalfabet A to Z: The Wonderful Words from Agriculture
Written by Carol Watterson. Illustrated by Michela Sorrentino
BC Agriculture for the Classroom Foundation, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9812317-0-9

Follow That Map! A First Book of Mapping Skills
Written/Illustrated by Scot Ritchie
Kids Can Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-274-2

Fun With Composers – Volume II
Written by Deborah Lyn Ziolkoski. Illustrated by Jim Fee
Fun With Composers, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9780360-5-8

Getting There
Written by Marla Stewart Konrad
Tundra Books, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-88776-867-5

Have You Ever Seen an Octopus With A Broom?
Written by Etta Kaner. Illustrated by Jeff Szuc
Kids Can Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-247-6

I Is for Inuksuk: An Arctic Celebration
Written/Illustrated by Mary Wallace
Maple Tree Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-897349-57-1

It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph
Written by Monica Kulling. Illustrated by Bill Slavin
Tundra Books, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-88776-881-1

La Primera: The Story of Wild Mustangs
Written by Ian Tyson. Paintings by Adeline Halvorson
Tundra Books, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-88776-863-7

Oh, Canada!
Written/Illustrated by Per-Henrik Gurth
Kids Can Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-374-9

Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion
Written by Jane Barclay. Illustrated by Renne Benoit
Tundra Books, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-88776-951-1

The Rocket
Written by Mike Leonetti. Illustrated by Greg Banning.
North Winds Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-545-98948-0

Who Lives Here? Forest Animals
Written by Deborah Hodge. Illustrated by Pat Stephens
Kids Can Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-070-0

AGES 9-15

Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road
Written by Priscilla Galloway with Dawn Hunter
Annick Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55451-198-3

Animal Aha! Thrilling Discoveries in Wildlife Science
Written by Diane Swanson
Annick Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55451-1655

Charlie: A Home Child’s Life in Canada
Written by Beryl Young
Key Porter Books, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55470-200-8

The Children of Africville
Written by Christine Welldon
Nimbus Publishing, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55109-723-7

Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees
Written by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books/House of Anansi, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-88899-907-8

The Chinese Thought of It: Amazing Inventions and Innovations
Written by Ting-Xing Ye
Annick Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55451-196-9

Dieppe : Canada’s Darkest Day of World War II
Written by Hugh Brewster
Scholastic, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-545-99420-0

Dinosaurs in Your Backyard
Written by Hugh Brewster. Illustrated by Alan Barnard
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8109-7099-1

Hoaxed! Fakes and Mistakes in the World of Science
by the Editors of Yes Magazine
Kids Can Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-206-3

How Figure Skating Works
Written by Keltie Thomas. Illustrated by Stephen MacEachern
Owlkids, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-897349-59-5

How to Build Your Own Country
Written by Valerie Wyatt. Illustrated by Fred Rix
Kids Can Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-310-7

If America Were a Village: A Book about the People of the United States
Written by David J. Smith. Illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong
Kids Can Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-344-2

Kaboom! Explosions of All Kinds
Written by Gillian Richardson
Annick Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55451-203-4

Learn to Speak Music
Written by John Crossingham. Illustrated by Jeff Kulak
Owlkids, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-897349-65-6

Living Stories
Written by Mindy Willett, Therese Zoe and Philip Zoe
Illustrated by: Tessa Macintosh (photographs)
Fifth House (Fitzhenry and Whiteside), 2009
ISBN: 1-897-252-447

Out of This World: The Amazing Search for an Alien Earth
Written by Jacob Berkowitz
Kids Can Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-197-4

Pharaohs and Foot Soldiers
Written by Kristin Butcher. Illustrated by Martha Newbigging
Annick Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55451-171-6

Remembering John McCrae
Written by Linda Granfield
Scholastic, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-439-93561-6

Robert Munsch
Written by Frank B. Edwards
Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55455-138-5

Sargeant Gander: A Canadian Hero
Written by Robyn Walker
Dundurn Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55488-463-6

Spiked Scorpions & Walking Whales: Modern Animals, Ancient Animals & Water
Written by Claire Eamer
Annick Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55451-206-5

A Thousand Years of Pirates
Written by William Gilkerson
Tundra Books, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-88776-924-5

Vanishing Habitats
Written by Robert Bateman with Nancy Kovacs. Illustrated by Robert Bateman.
Scholastic/Madison Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-545-98621-2

The War to End All Wars: The Story of World War I
Written by Jack Batten
Tundra Books, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-88776-879-8

What’s the Big Idea? Inventions that Changed Life on Earth Forever
Written by Helaine Becker
Owlkids, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-897349-60-1

Whispers from the Ghettos
Written by Kathy Kacer and Sharon McKay
Puffin Canada, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-14331-251-2

You Are Weird: Your Body’s Peculiar Parts and Funny Functions
Written by Diane Swanson. Illustrated by Kathy Boake
Kids Can Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-282-7

THE 2009 INFORMATION BOOK AWARD RESULTS 

WINNER:

One Peace: True Stories of Young Activists
by Janet Wilson. Orca.

HONOUR:

A Bear in War
by Stephanie Innes & Harry Endrulat. Illustrated by Brian Deines. Key Porter.

Robots: From Everyday to Out of This World
by the Editors of Yes Magazine. Kids Can Press.

FINALISTS:

The Delta Is My Home
by Tom McLeod & Mindy Willett. Photographed by Tessa Macintosh. Fifth House.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink (Weird Stuff You Didn’t Know about Food)
by Frieda Wishinsky & Elizabeth Macleod. Illustrated by Travis King. Scholastic.

Polar Worlds: Life at the Ends of the Earth
by Robert Bateman with Nancy Kovacs. Scholastic/Madison Press.

2008 | Winners 1987 to 2007

THE 2008 INFORMATION BOOK AWARD WINNER & FINALISTS
(NON-FICTION PUBLISHED IN 2007; LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Winner: Birds of Prey: An Introduction
by Robert Bateman with Nancy Kovacs. Scholastic/Madison Press.
Birds of Prey is a bird guide with a difference. Robert Bateman’s detailed, fullcolour paintings capture the incredible speed of falcons, the strength of eagles and osprey and the grace of hawks and vultures soaring overhead in a way that no photograph can. His paintings and sketches from around the globe bring to life these intriguing members of the bird world and also reveal Bateman’s deep understanding of their role in nature. Bateman has been fascinated by the beauty, speed and grace of these winged-hunters since he was a child. In the ravines and countryside near his home, he’d see snowy owls patiently waiting for mice in roadside fi elds, and he remembers that spotting a hawk was always a highlight of his day. The accessible text includes anecdotes of his encounters with hawks, eagles and owls and introduces young readers to the traits that birds of prey have developed to capture and eat their food. Unique “sketchbook” sidebars provide intriguing facts about the different species. There’s no better introduction to birds of prey!

About the Author
Born to Toronto, Robert Bateman has been a keen artist and naturalist from his early days. Bateman's work has received international critical acclaim and has attracted an enomous following. His work is included in the collections of HRH Prince Charles, HRH Prince Philip, the late Princess Grace of the Netherlands. His honours, awards and honorary doctorates are numerous; he was made Officer of the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian award. He has also been the subject of three books and six films. Author Residence: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.


Bugs Up Close
by Diane Swanson. Photographed by Paul Davidson. Kids Can Press

We live on a bug planet. Not only are insects the most numerous species on Earth, they've survived for 400 million years and show no signs of slowing down. Take a look outside: little creatures are creeping, jumping and flying everywhere. Did someone say little? Not in this book. In these eye-popping, oversized pages, bugs say cheese big time! Through Paul Davidson's powerful camera lens, see a fly the size of a man's shoe, the 30,000-odd lenses in a dragonfly's eyes, the hair on a bee's legs and much more. Bug-loving science writer Diane Swanson delivers fascinating info about buggy lives, buggy eating and lots of buggy bits, such as antennae, wings and weapons, that help make insects the most widespread animals on Earth.

Carnation, Lily, Lily Rose: The Story of a Painting
by Hugh Brewster. Paintings by John Singer Sargent. Kids Can Press.

Young Kate Millet is the model for the painting John Singer Sargent is working on in her parents' garden. Everyone says she is posing well, even though she finds it very hard to stand still. Then, one of her father's friends arrives with his two daughters. They're older, taller and have lighter hair than Kate. Sargent decides to use them as models instead. Kate is devastated. Based on numerous letters and recollections from the period, Hugh Brewster's story describes Kate's disappointment, the many difficulties experienced by the painter through the long artistic process, Kate's reconciliation with him and how she is immortalized on canvas after all. Illustrated with over 35 of Sargent's paintings and sketches, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose recreates the 1880s milieu of the famed American painter during an extended trip to England, and the thoughts and days of a girl who was there alongside him.

How Soccer Works
by Keltie Thomas. Illustrated by Stephen MacEachern. Maple Tree Press.

Colin Jose, historian, Soccer Hall of Fame, Canada
"How Soccer Works is full of useful and interesting information about the game, its equipment, how it's played, and its colourful history. It is ideal for all young soccer players and fans, both male and female."

Part of a bestselling series, How Soccer Works features the fastest growing team sport in North America, and the most popular sport internationally. Whether readers are first-timers on the pitch or can already bend it like Beckham, this book has something for everyone.

Author Keltie Thomas teams up with illustrator and soccer coach Stephen MacEachern to present a fascinating and informative look at the science behind soccer. The book delves into all aspects of the sport, including the personality of a soccer ball: size, material, air pressure, and number of panels all affect the ball's behaviour; the all-important science of explosive moves: making stellar passes, curving kicks and delivering perfect headers every time; and international competition: plays are affected by location and altitude, cheating is a science that can influence game results, and fans get rowdy across the globe. Because it features both women's and men's soccer in profiles, photos and illustrations, this book is appealing to both boys and girls.

With an energetic, dynamic design accompanying eye-catching illustrations and captivating photos of professional players from the past and present, and fun sidebars such as "Quick Kick" factoids, "Star" highlights revealing moves of the pros, "Tips" for game improvement, and the "Rules and Regs" section, this book's dynamics are as exciting as the game it features.

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth - Winner
by Rochelle Strauss. Illustrated by Rosemary Woods. Kids Can Press.

Seen from space, our planet looks blue. This is because almost 70 percent of Earth's surface is covered with water. Earth is the only planet with liquid water -- and therefore the only planet that can support life. All water is connected. Every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well. Water has the power to change everything -- a single splash can sprout a seed, quench a thirst, provide a habitat, generate energy and sustain life. How we treat the water in the well will affect every species on the planet, now and for years to come. One Well shows how every one of us has the power to conserve and protect our global well.

This Is My Planet: The Kids’ Guide to Global Warming
by Jan Thornhill. Maple Tree Press.


Awareness of environmental issues is at an all-time high; recent polls suggest that one in four individuals now identify climate change as their top concern. Young people are increasingly curious about global warming as they hear more and more devestating news about the state of our planet from such recent high-profile films as Al Gore's critcally-acclaimed An Inconvenient Truth and the HBO special "Too Hot Not to Handle." This Is My Planet arms young readers with the tools to understand the crisis and take action in their own lives.

This Is My Planet is written and illustrated by Jan Thornhill, award-winning author of I Found a Dead Bird. Her intelligent, sensitive text guides readers through a sometimes difficult but highly relevant terrain. While not shying away from the facts, she offers hope, showing where action can make a difference and evidence of the amazing resilience and adaptability of Earth.

Beginning with a foundation that answers basic questions about how our planet works, and moving through an in-depth look at three specific environments--polar, ocean and land--and at our human societies, Thornhill takes a comprehensive look at the subject of global warming.

Unlike anything else on the market for young readers, this brilliant treatment of global warming fills a void, and couldn't be timed any better to hit the shelves as this important issue takes center stage at a global level.

About the Author
JAN THORNHILL (Ontario) has written several critically acclaimed picture books and won many prizes including the Conaculta 7th International Award for the Illustration of a Children's Book and an IBBY selection for "Outstanding Picture Book," and has been nominated for two Governor General's awards. More recently, her book I Found a Dead Bird was the recipient of a Gold award from the National Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA).

Winners Information Book Award 1987 -2007

     
2007 Jan Thornhill I Found a Dead Bird: The Kids’ Guide to the Cycle of Life & Death. Toronto: Maple Tree Press, 2006.
2006 Bill Slavin with Jim Slavin Transformed: How Everyday Things Are Made. Illustrated by Bill Slavin. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2005.
2005 Hugh Brewster On Juno Beach: Canada’s D-Day Heroes. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2004.
2004 Shari Graydon Made You Look: How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know. Toronto: Annick Press, 2003.
2003 Karen Levine Hana’s Suitcase. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2002.
2002 Linda Granfield Where Poppies Grow: A World War One Companion. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2001.
2001 Deborah Hodge The Kids Book of Canada and How the CPR was Built. Illustrated by John Mantha. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2000.
2000 Vivien Bowers Wow Canada! Exploring This Land From Coast to Coast to Coast. Toronto: Owl Books/Greey de Pencier, 1999.
1999 Barbara Greenwood The Last Safe House: A Story of the Underground Railroad. Illustrated by Heather Collins. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1998
1998 Shelley Tanaka The Buried City of Pompeii. Illustrated by Greg Ruhl. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1997.
1997 Shelley Tanaka On Board the Titanic. Illustrated by Ken Marschall. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1996.
1996 Linda Granfield In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae. Illustrated by Janet Wilson. Toronto: Lester Publishing, 1995
1995 Barbara Greenwood A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840. Illustrated by Heather Collins. Toronto: Kids Can Press,
1994 Barbara Bondar On the Shuttle: Eight Days in Space. Toronto: Greey de Pencier, 1993.
1994 Linda Granfield Cowboy: A Kid's Album. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1993.
1993 Janet Lunn & Christopher Moore The Story of Canada. Illustrated by Alan Daniel. Toronto: Key Porter, 1992.
1992 Jan Thornhill A Tree in a Forest. Toronto: Greey de Pencier, 1991.
1991 Camilla Gryski Hands On, Thumbs Up. Illustrated by Pat Cupples. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1990.
1990 Celia Godkin Wolf Island. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1989.
1989 Terence Dickinson Exploring the Night Sky by Day. Camden East, ON: Camden House, 1988.
1988 Caroline Parry Let's Celebrate!. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1987.
1987 David Suzuki Looking at Insects. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 1986.

 

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