The Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize is awarded annually as part of the British Columbia Book Prize program to the best children's book published in the previous year written by a writer who has been resident in British Columbia (or the Yukon) for three of the previous five years, published anywhere in the world. Deadline for submissions is December 1st, annually. Funded by the BC government, the prize carries a cash value of $2,000.
Supported by the BC Library Association
Judges: Janice Douglas, James Heneghan, and Tonya Martin
Winner: My One Hundred Adventures
by Polly Horvath
Publisher: Groundwood Books
My One Hundred Adventures tells us how Jane, happy though she is, suddenly feels a kind of itchy restlessness and sets out deliberately to make her life more exciting by having one hundred adventures. She compels her best friend, Ginny, to join her. Some of the adventures are spectacular, others are gentler; and slowly over the summer, Jane begins to figure out more about her family, friends, and life in general.
Good-bye Marianne: A Story of Growing Up in Nazi Germany
by Irene N. Watts
Illustrated by Kathryn E. Shoemaker
Publisher: Tundra Books
In Good-bye Marianne, life for eleven-year-old Marianne Kohn, a young Jewish girl, begins to crumble. First there was the burning of the neighbourhood shops. Then her father, a mild-mannered bookseller, must leave the family and go into hiding. No longer allowed to go to school or even sit in a café, Marianne’s only comfort is her beloved mother. This fictional account of hatred and racism speaks volumes about both history and human nature. Irene Watts was one of the 10,000 Jewish children who were sent from Nazi Europe to Britain in the Kindertransport rescue operation in 1938; her moving autobiographical novel personalizes what it was like to be a Jewish child in Berlin at the time.
Polar Worlds: Life at the ends of the earth
by Robert Bateman
Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd.
Through fascinating images and illustrations, Robert Bateman provides us with a window to the animals of our poles. Discover arctic wolves, polar bears, penguins, whales, seals and more. You will be fascinated by the great facts and Robert Bateman’s rich paintings and sketches.
Rosie and Buttercup
by Chieri Uegaki
Publisher: Kids Can Press
From the perfectly paired creative team who brought you the bestselling Suki’s Kimono comes a charming picture book about two sisters. Before Buttercup came along, Rosie’s life was blessed. Her schedule was filled with dance and voice lessons. Best of all, she didn’t have to share her pet crickets, Eenie and Meenie, with anybody. Things get so bad that Rosie decides to give her little sister away — to a good home, of course. But as she says good-bye to Buttercup forever, Rosie can’t ignore a squeezy feeling in her chest. Rosie and Buttercup addresses sibling problems and brings to light that, while a younger sister can sometimes be a pain, having a little sister around can be loads of fun.
Stanley At Sea
by Linda Bailey
Publisher: Kids Can Press
It’s picnic time in the park — but not for Stanley. He knows he’s not supposed to beg, but his people are always eating. And Stanley is always hungry! After he’s told to “get,” Stanley wanders down by the river where he runs into Alice, Nutsy and Gassy Jack. Soon their keen noses lead them to a delicious treat on a small boat with no people in sight. When the boat’s mooring comes loose, they float away with the current down the river, under a bridge and then out to sea!
|2008||Polly Horvath The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2007.|
|2007||Sarah Ellis Odd Man Out. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2006.|
|2006||Barbara Nickel Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach. Toronto: Penguin Group (Canada), 2005.|
|2005||Susan Juby Miss Smithers. Toronto: HarperTrophy Canada, 2004.|
|2004||Dennis Foon Skud. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2003.|
|2003||James Heneghan Flood. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2002.|
|2002||Polly Horvath Everything on a Waffle. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2001.|
|2001||James Heneghan The Grave. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2000.|
|2000||Vivien Bowers Wow Canada! Exploring This Land From Coast to Coast to Coast. Toronto: Owl Books/Greey de Pencier, 1999.|
|1999||Ron and Sandra Lightburn Driftwood Cove. Toronto: Doubleday, 1998.|
|1998||James Heneghan Wish Me Luck. New York: Frances Foster Books, 1997.|
|1997||Sarah Ellis Back of Beyond. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1996.|
|1996||Nan Gregory How Smudge Came. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer College Press, 1995.|
|1994||Julie Lawson White Jade Tiger. Victoria: Beach Holme Publishers, 1993.|
|1993||Shirley Stirling My Name is Seepeetza. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1992.|
|1992||Alexandra Morton Siwiti: A Whale's Story. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 1991.|
|1991||Nancy Hundal I Heard My Mother Call My Name. Illustrated by Laura Fernandez. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1990.|
|1990||Paul Yee Tales From Gold Mountain. Illustrated by Simon Ng. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1989.|
|1989||Mary-Ellen Lang Collura Sunny. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 1988.|
|1988||Nicola Morgan Pride of Lions. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1987.|
|1987||Sarah Ellis The Baby Project. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1986.|