Vote in the CBC Books Fan Choice Contest for a chance to win an author visit to your school

Readers between the ages of five and 12 have until Nov. 19, 2017 to vote for their favourite TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award nominee.
Vote for your favourite TD Canadian Children's Literature Award nominee for a chance to win!

The CBC Books Fan Choice Contest is back! Readers between the ages of five and 12 have until Nov. 19, 2017 to vote for their favourite book from among the nominees for the 2017 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.

The winner will be randomly selected from everyone who votes and will receive a visit to their school by a nominated author, copies of that author's book for the entire class, a $2,000 donation to their school library and $500 spending money. The rules and regulations are here.

The $30,000 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the largest prize for children's literature in Canada, is awarded annually to the best Canadian book of the year for readers up to the age of 12.

The finalists are:

A Day of Signs and Wonders by Kit Pearson is a middle-grade novel that draws from the childhood of artist Emily Carr, telling the story of two young girls and one magical day spent on a beach in Victoria, B.C. in 1881.

The middle-grade novel The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence is tale of endurance and friendship. It takes place in the harsh Alaskan wilderness, where two boys who dislike each other intensely find themselves the only survivors after a tragic boat accident.

Tokyo Digs a Garden is a picture book written by Jon-Erik Lappano and illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka. It is about a young boy named Tokyo, who is given seeds with the promise they will grow into whatever he desires. One day he wakes up to see his city has been overtaken by forest.

Jan Thornhill's nonfiction picture book The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk describes how the great auk, a North Atlantic bird that lived for hundreds of thousands of years, became extinct in 1844 and how its disappearance contributed to the creation of the conservation movement.

When We Were Alonea picture book written by David Alexander Robertson and illustrated by Julie Flett, is about a girl who asks her grandmother about why she wears her hair in a long braid and why she speaks in another language. Her grandmother responds by describing her childhood, growing up in a residential school.

Students at Leo Nickerson Elementary School in St. Albert, Alta., celebrate their 2016 Fan Choice classroom visit. (CBC)

The 2016 Fan Choice Contest winner Livia Kilburn chose That Squeak — written by Carolyn Beck and illustrated by François Thisdale — as her favourite book from among the finalists for last year's TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. Her Grade 5 class at Leo Nickerson Elementary School in St. Albert, Alta., was awarded with a visit from Carolyn Beck, copies of That Squeak and a donation to their school library.

Vote for your favourite from among this year's nominated books, and you too could be a Fan Choice Contest winner!

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