Here are the Blue Spruce Award nominees: 10 great Canadian books for readers in kindergarten to Grade 2
Ten Canadian books are finalists for the 2020 Blue Spruce Award, which celebrates picture books for readers in kindergarten to Grade 2.
The Blue Spruce Awards will be broadcast at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday, June 16 on Curio.ca, CBC's educational service.
A sloth expecting to arrive at the Zzzzzoo, a low-key relaxing kind of place, is mistakenly sent to the Zoom where the animals are always galloping or climbing in a hurry.
Helaine Becker is an award-winning writer who has published over 90 books for children. Her nonfiction books, Hubots and Counting on Katherine, are finalists for two other Forest of Reading awards.
Orbie is an award-winning children's book illustrator based in Cap d'Espoir, Gaspésie.
Bird loves to fly off on adventures, but his friend Giraffe is more timid. When Bird doesn't return home one afternoon, Giraffe braves the dangerous forests, mountains and plains to rescue his friend.
Rebecca Bender is a writer and illustrator based in Burlington, Ont. Her first book, Giraffe and Bird, won the Blue Spruce Award in 2012.
Rory isn't interested in any of the clubs at school, so he starts his own: Reptile Club. No students show up to the first meeting — but a crocodile, anaconda and gecko do.
Maureen Fergus is the author of 13 picture books and six novels. Elina Ellis is an illustrator based in Cambridge, U.K.
Mustafa's new country is very far away from his old home. Sometimes he wakes up forgetting where he is, but then his mother shows him the moon — the same moon from their old country. In the park, Mustafa watches kids play, but he always feels like he's an outsider looking in. One day, "girl-with-a-cat" invites him to join in the fun.
Vincent is staying with his aunt Mimi in the city while his mom recuperates from surgery. At first, Vincent isn't too charmed by her concrete neighbourhood, but then he meets a new friend named Toma.
Andrew Larsen is a bestselling author who has published over a dozen books for children. Anne Villeneuve is an award-winning children's illustrator and author from Quebec.
Ellie goes to the beach every morning with her Nonna. One day, she musters the courage to play with an older girl and ends up on a wild adventure.
Kit Pearson is among Canada's most revered children's writers, whose books include A Day of Signs and Wonders. Katherine Farris is a painter based in Victoria, B.C. Gabrielle Grimard is an award-winning illustrator from Quebec.
That's Not Hockey! tells the story of Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante and how he defied his coach's orders and wore a mask on the ice.
Andrée Poulin has published over 50 children's books and previously won the Silver Birch Express Award for the novel The Biggest Poutine in the World. Félix Girard is an illustrator from Quebec City who has published over a dozen books for children.
Emma's Grandpa Phil has a special gift: he can turn ordinary stories into gems.
Anne Renaud has written over a dozen books of fiction, historical nonfiction and picture books. Leanne Franson has illustrated over 20 picture books and lives in Saskatchewan.
Lou loves spending Saturdays with Grandad and Pops. But when Pops falls and needs a wheelchair, it's up to Lou and Grandad to lift his spirits.
Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith, also known as Heather T. Smith, is an author of YA fiction based in Waterloo, Ont. Smith is the author of books The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, Angus All Aglow, Baygirl and Ebb & Flow.
Brooke Kerrigan has illustrated over 10 picture books and splits her time between Ontario and France.
Duncan has a hard time getting to sleep so his mother suggests counting sheep. All is going well until Sheep #68, who insists on causing trouble for Duncan.
Kerry Lyn Sparrow is an elementary school teacher and Sleep, Sheep! is her first book. Quebec artist Guillaume Perreault has been nominated for many awards for his illustrations in children's books.