Town Is by the Sea won the top TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award that comes with a $50,000 prize. The prize is given to the best book for children under the age of 12. Here are the other winners:
Picture the Sky by Barbara Reid
AMY MATHERS TEEN BOOK AWARD
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
GEOFFREY BILSON AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
The Assassin’s Curse by Kevins Sands
JOHN SPRAY MYSTERY AWARD
The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
MARILYN BAILLIE PICTURE BOOK AWARD
When the Moon Comes by Paul Harbridge, illustrated by Matt James
NORMA FLECK AWARD FOR CANADIAN CHILDREN’S NONFICTION
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
The Truly Brave Princesses by Dolores Brown, illustrated by Sonja Wimmer (9788417123383)
This lush picture book explores the ways in which all women are princesses and all women are brave. Each woman’s details are shared, including their name, age, profession and what they love most. Then a brief explanation of their bravery is shared with the reader. Each woman is wonderfully different from the others in terms of race, culture, sexuality, being differently abled, and much more.
The entire picture book has a celebratory feeling. Each woman is given a crown in her portrait, one that matches her personality perfectly. Most charming are the small details that are shared, like the physician’s love of hot chocolate and architect’s connection to the sea. The artwork in the picture book is detailed and filled with color. Each woman gets a close-up portrait and then an image showing her with her family and loved ones actively enjoying life.
A diverse and inclusive look at the strength of all women. Appropriate for ages 3-6.
Reviewed from library copy.