The Man with the Violin wins TD Canadian Children's Literature Award


The Man with the Violin, the children's book written by Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Dušan Petričić and inspired by violinist Joshua Bell's famous subway performance, has won the $30,000 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.

Stinson and illustrator Dušan Petričić were revealed as the winners at the 2014 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards gala on Thursday evening, emceed by The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers.

In 2007, Bell, regarded as one of the world's finest violinists, played his $3 million Stradivarius for busy commuters. But no one stopped to listen - except for kids. Stinson then wrote a story about the event and the power of music.

The other four finalists were Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington, In the Tree House by Andrew Larsen and illustrated by Dušan Petričić, Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, and The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten.

Despite missing out on the prize, Larsen and Petričić's book won the public vote CBC Fan Choice Award, which came with a $5,000 cash prize.

Five other awards were presented at this year's gala.

The $20,000 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award was presented to How To by Julie Morstad, a whimsical book that examines tasks like "how to wonder" and "how to be brave."

The $10,000 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction went to Rona Arato for The Last Train: A Holocaust Story.

The remaining three awards were worth $5,000 each.

Karen Bass received the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People for her book Graffiti Knight.

Ted Staunton won the John Spray Mystery Award for Who I'm Not.

Erin Bow, author of Sorrow's Knot, was presented with the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Tuesday's gala marked the 10th anniversary of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards.